World's Best Michigan Hotdog Sauce

Noreen LaTour Recipe

By Noreen LaTour Noreen58

20 Min
45 Min

This is definitely the best Michigan hotdog sauce in the world!! My mother in law got the recipe years ago from a relative and passed it on to me.Everyone who has tried it raves about it!! give it a try.I guarantee you'll absolutely love it too!!

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1 lb
1 medium
1 bottle
ketchup (16oz.)
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
3 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste but not necessary
1 pkg
1 pkg
hotdog rolls

Directions Step-By-Step

Fry hamburg in skillet breaking into pieces as you would for a meat sauce or for sloppy joes.Drain off excess fat after hamburg has cooked.
Mix all the ingredients together (except hotdogs and buns) in a saucepan.Heat on low until just below the boiling point.
Cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.Serve over hotdogs on hotdog rolls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton
Mar 8, 2012
LOL. I spend 47 years in Michigan and I can tell you nobody in Michigan has ever heard of this. But I understand it goes by this name in New England. The well known coney sauces are the Detroit sauces and the Flint sauces. If you want to see what they look like, go to my website and check under Copycate Lafayette Coney Island Sauce. There is a website that has the Flint version which I have not tried. The Layfayette version is perfect, and I ate tons of them in Detoit, so I do know. Best!
Noreen LaTour Noreen58
Mar 10, 2012
I didn't know people who live in Michigan didn't call this sauce by that name but it makes sense that it is connected to Coney Island and that New Englanders like myself know it as Michigan hotdog sauce.
are either the Flint or Lafayette versions like my"Michigan" sauce?
Noreen in Vermont
Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton
Mar 10, 2012
No Noreen, I don't think they are similar. I make the Lafayette variety. I don't think they use ketchup. The flint one uses ground hotdogs. I'd have to look at my recipe, but I think its ground round. You put it in a blender to make it smooth. You are the second New Englander to call it Michigan Sauce so I think its the name there. But it is a variety of coney sauce which is pretty regional itself. As I said. Here is the site for the Michigan coney
Noreen LaTour Noreen58
Mar 13, 2012
Hi Sherry...Your're the 2nd person to tell me that my hotdog sauce probably is some version of a Coney Island hotdog sauce.That kind of makes sense to me as my Mother in law got the recipe from a relative who I believe lived near NYC.It was my mother in law who called it Michigan hotdog sauce. You're also probably right that the name Michigan sauce is a New England name as everywhere you go here in Vermont where Ilive at least it's called Michigan sauce.I wonder how New Englanders started calling it that especially since we here in New England aren't far from Coney Island & the Big Apple.Perhaps I should start calling it Coney Island sauce & see if I can get the name to stick here in New England.Perhaps I need to open a hotdog stand heh? LOL
Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton
Mar 13, 2012
Yes I tend to agree. Coney Island hotdogs in Coney Island have no resemblance to the sauce used in Michigan. I'm sure it was named that in order to avoid confusion. Makes sense at least. Hope you enjoy the recipes!
Carol Webster antiquer13
Jun 12, 2012
Noreen Latour, I am from NY....across the pond from you. Northern New York is very well known for the best Michigan Sauce.
We are just across the lake from you.Try one at Gus's or Nitzies.A lot of our resturants serve Michigans. I like the one at Gus's been in Plattsburgh for 60 yrs or so and they know what that sauce is all about.
You are never to fry your hamburg before, all ingredients are suppose to be slow simmered.About an hour.The sauce should look very smooth.I make it and use a double boiler. I will post my Michigan sauce for everyone to try very soon.
When you come to northern new york, Please ck out our MICHIGANS!At Gus's by the Beach.

Carol Latour Webster.
Mary Boyd marymisa
Apr 14, 2013
I have lived in Michigan and have been looking for this recipe. Thank you. And yes we've heard of it.
Karen B kittyohkitty
Aug 25, 2013
Michigan sauce is NOT a New England sauce, nor is it a sauce from Michigan. Its a sauce that was created and sold almost solely in Plattsburgh, NY and surrounding commumities in NY or Vermont. People in Mass, CT, RI etc have never heard of them unless they came across them online or visited UP UP UPstate NY! I was born in Plattsburgh and grew up there. I live in Texas now. I miss Michigans very much. The beef should be combined RAW with allt he cooking ingredients in the pot and slow cooked. THat is how it gets its superfine texture. Blending is not required if you cook it right. My favorite sauce is from Gus' Red Hots on Cumberland Head in Plattsburgh. I like their spicier, less saucy version of the sauce. But some people like it sweeter and saucier.
Jake Allen jakeallen317
Jan 16, 2014
Hey Karen, do you know how long to cook the raw meat and ingredients together simmering? About to cook this and just wanting to make sure the meat gets cooked thoroughly. Thanks!