July 21st, 2013

Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs

Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs

I know most of you are wondering why I’m calling this chili sauce for hot dogs “Michigan Sauce”.  It’s because my husband is from Plattsburgh, a small town in upstate New York where Coney Island-style hot dogs are widely known as “Michigans” and sometimes “Red Hots”.

In fact, every time we’ve been to Plattsburgh to visit my husband’s family, we always stop at one or two of the local Michigan hot dog restaurants for Michigans, fries, and a cherry shake.  For my husband, it’s nostalgia at its finest.

Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs

When ordering a Michigan, it’s customary to order it either “With” or “Without,” and everybody knows that you’re talking about onions even though they haven’t been mentioned by name.  I like mine “With”.

Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs

My recipe for Michigan sauce was given to me by my mother-in-law about 30 years ago, and after trying the Michigans at all three of the local Michigan restaurants in Plattsburgh, I told her I think her sauce is the best.

Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs

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12 Responses to “Michigan Sauce for Hot Dogs”

  1. I made this Michigan sauce yesterday and it turned out great – tastes just like MY mother used to make. Hmmm, I wonder why!

  2. Do you think I could do this in a crock pot? It sounds great. But I would like to put it on before I leave for work in the morning so it has time to simmer.

  3. Jennifer, I think that would probably work out fine. I recommend putting it on the low setting. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. First time stopping over, and as a Michigander I’d say this sauce looks better than most Coneys I’ve been to :) Pinning on my Yummy Recipes to Try Someday board!

  5. Cant wait to try this! I live a little over an hour away from Plattsburgh ny. They have the best michigans!

  6. Thanks for your comment, Brittany. Upstate New York is a beautiful area. I hope you enjoy the Michigans!

  7. My wife and I are from Champlain and Rouses Point, NY about 17 miles north of Plattsburgh. We now live in FL and somehow over the years we lost our recipe for Michigan sauce. Your are a life saver Laura. Your recipe failed to mention that the sauce is best if served with “Glazier Hot Dogs”!

  8. Wayne, I’ve never heard of Glazier hot dogs. I’m assuming that’s a brand name, and if I ever see it, I’ll have to give them a try. Thanks!

  9. Just put all the ingredients in a pot… Didn’t have any plain mustard so used sweet and spicy mustard… And left out the cayenne pepper… Can’t wait to try it…

  10. I am from Michigan and this is not what we call a Coney dog. It is similar as in you do not brown the ground beef first. But we also add ground up hot dogs into the sauce. Tomato paste and water instead of the soup and no ketchup.

  11. Hi, I’m from Port Henry and always got michigans at Gene’s Hot Dog Stand with onions. I’m gonna try this recipe and see how it compares.

  12. Live in Bristol Vt! Used to have Genes Red Hots! Loving me some Michigans tonight for dinner ! I too went to Port Henry to have them as a kid on our way to MinevilleNY! Nothing like them!

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