Michigan Sauce


There are certain foods that unless you are from a certain region or area of a state you may never hear of. Michigan sauce is one of those things. Now, Michigan sauce has nothing to do with Michigan, as far as I know. If you order a Michigan in Northern New York you will get a steamed hot dog on a steamed hot dog roll with some sort of tomato based meat sauce. Depending on where you order it from it may have onions and yellow mustard on it too.

The most likely story of how a Michigan is popular in New York and not in Michigan or the Midwest is that a couple opened a Michigan Hot Dog stand in Northern New York, in the 1920s. They served a hot dog similar to a Coney Island Hot Dog and people came to call it a Michigan because of the name of the stand.  Whatever the story this hot dog sauce is similar to a Coney Sauce.

Michigan sauce is different from Rochester Hot Sauce in that the hot sauce has a cinnamon, cayenne heat to it while the Michigan sauce is more tangy with no heat. Funny how areas develop their own flavors.

Verdict:

This was a hearty sauce that reminded us a bit of a Sloppy Joe. It had a vinegar tang with a bit of a mustard bite. We liked the sauce quite a bit but it wasn’t quite the sauce I remembered. I wonder if I need to head back some day and have another Michigan to work a bit more on the recipe.

Serve this over your hot dogs with onions and mustard as desired.

Michigan Hot Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow prepared mustard
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 hot dogs (preferably steamed)
  • 8 hot dog rolls (preferably steamed)
  • diced onions and yellow mustard for serving if desired

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they have softened and are turning translucent.
  2. Add vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and mustard to the onions. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Allow to come to a low simmer.
  3. Add ground beef to sauce and break up with a spoon into small pieces as it cooks. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until meat is cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  4. Serve over steamed hot dogs on steamed rolls if desired. Add onions and mustard as desired.

 

14 Comments Add yours

  1. RobbyeFaye says:

    Yummy, looks good!
    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, you can find all the info here: https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/6630/. Blessings~

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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      1. RobbyeFaye says:

        You are so very welcome!
        I have enjoyed making, and especially eating, some of your recipes!

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          You are so kind! Thank you!

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          1. RobbyeFaye says:

            You are so welcome!

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  2. I’m going to try this 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you like. It has a savory vinegar tang that we liked. 🙂

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  3. This sounds delicious.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you#

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  4. Do you ask the establishments you visit about the ingredients or do you guess by sight and with your palette?

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Depends on the dish and the venue. This one is taste. Some places are happy to share while others are more secretive.

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  5. I would think that many wouldn’t be forthcoming. That’s very impressive that you can do that with the dishes where you have to guess.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I try…. 😉

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