Grandma Slattery's Michigan Sauce

Grandma Slattery's Michigan Sauce

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Recipe by  MSLATTERY

“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!”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  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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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 get 4 or 5 "meals" out of it.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 322 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs
  • 25.9 g
  • 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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