Grandma Slattery's Michigan Sauce

Grandma Slattery's Michigan Sauce


"This is a Meat Sauce from Upstate New York that is used on top of Hot Dogs. When I grew up it was used on steamed hot dogs and steamed rolls, sometimes with raw onions (for those who like them) on top! Very good... thanks Grandma Slattery for getting the recipe!"


40 m servings 322 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 322 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 25.9g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 16.1 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 1128 mg
  • 45%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion in butter until soft. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir to blend.
  2. When the mixture begins to simmer, add the raw ground beef breaking it into pieces with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve over steamed hot dogs. Of course you can add some raw onions if you want.
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  1. 41 Ratings


WONDERFUL!!! It was a big hit with my grandkids also. I followed the recipe except I added a bit of cumin. Top it off with chopped sweet onion. YUMMY! I had plenty to freeze for later.

One word: WOW! Fantastic sauce! One bit of advice. Use a potato masher to break the beef down to a finer consistency.

The best hot dog sauce recipe I have come across. Exactly what I was looking for. I get rave reveiws every time I make this and it makes enough so that I can freeze as individual portions and ge...

We just returned from a week at our camp in the Adirondacks. This year we decided to make our own sauce instead of going out for our favorite upstate food. Your sauce was GREAT!. Now we have a ...

This was actually very good. My husband is from up-state New York but had never heard of this.. Probably it is from up-up-state New York!! I have to agree with the others that this really remind...

I would really rate this a 3 1/2. Its ok, but i agree a little to sweet and it does taste a little like sloppy joes. I grew up with Clair and Carl's and MC Sweeney's in Plattsburgh, ny. this ...

I increased the brown sugar (just a little) and added a few pinches of ground allspice. Great coney sauce!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

This recipe was a dream and now a reality! The one we remember and love. My sister said Tobin's 1st Prize hot dogs were used. They are mild tasting and don't compete with the flavor of the sa...

This was a hit - sprinkle some shredded cheese on top of the chilli before serving the dog......very good! Thanks