HOMEMADE HOT DOG SAUCE BY GRANDPA BOB

This homemade hot dog sauce has been a recipe creation that Grandpa Bob  has been trying to perfect for the last few months.

This Homemade Hot Dog Sauce, made a unique way and is packed with meat, spices and a kick of heat. Perfect texture. He is a great cook and we have been enjoying time together in the kitchen since we both retired.  He usually follows recipes and adds a little of his own personal touch to them, but he told me he wanted to totally create a recipe for homemade hot dog sauce. 

I told him that I had a wonderful neighbor years ago (Lou Ann) who had the best homemade hot dog sauce recipe. She gave it to me once but over the years, I have lost it.  It originated in a small town in WV  and was served in a popular restaurant  there.  I remembered it was so unique because you covered the ground beef with water and cooked it down.  The spices were added and simmered slowly.  That is all I remembered about her recipe.

We went through my spice drawer and pulled out what we wanted to add.  We used 80/20 ground beef but had way too much grease.  We also had too much red pepper.  The second attempt was an adjustment on spices.  A few weeks later we tried it again and used ground sirloin but it was too dry. 

The perfect homemade hot dog sauce with just the right texture, flavor and packed with spices. Great for any cook-out or tailgate party.This week he experimented with this sauce for the fourth time and now feels he got it just the way he wants it.  We used a combination of 80/20 ground beef and ground sirloin to get a better consistency.

Bob and 3 of his friends were heading to the drag races for the weekend so he wanted to test his homemade hot dog sauce out on them.  He said they all thought it was delicious.  He will be making it to take to Deer Camp next fall. 

homemade hot dog sauce, hot dogs, cook-outsHe is so proud of his recipe creation that he asked me to post it on my blog.

Our family will be enjoying this several times during the summer. Thank you Grandpa Bob.

Bob's Homemade Hot Dog Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
  2. 1 lb ground sirloin
  3. 2-3 cups cold water
  4. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  5. 2 teaspoons paprika
  6. 2 teaspoons cumin
  7. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  8. 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  9. 1 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  10. 2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
  11. 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  12. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  13. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  14. 1 cup ketchup
  15. 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  16. 1 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place ground meats in a large dutch oven. Add enough water to just cover the meat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Stir frequently to break meat into small pieces. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic flakes, onion flakes, red pepper (START with lesser amount), and garlic salt. Stir into the meat after it comes to a boil.
  3. Cook meat for 1 1/2 hours on a low simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently.
  4. In a medium size bowl, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Stir into the meat, and continue to simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste to see if any spices need adjusted, such as adding more salt and the rest of the red pepper. Allow these to simmer the last few minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat. Remove grease with a large spoon. Leave some on to maintain consistency. More will cook off when it is warmed up. We leave about 1/4 cup. Stir well prior to serving. Makes enough for 24 regular size hot dogs.
Notes
  1. *** Freezes well
  2. ***Best if made a few hours or a day prior to serving to allow flavors to blend well.
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74 thoughts on “HOMEMADE HOT DOG SAUCE BY GRANDPA BOB”

  1. Looks terrific! One thing I like on an occasional basis is a chili dog. I usually add a canned chili that I know isn’t anywhere near as good tasting as this recipe sounds! I’ll eventually be back to try it. Thanks, Bob!

  2. I’m from Jackson Michigan we are famous for coney sauce. One thing u need to change is your ground beef to a beef heart you’notice the difference. Have the heart ground twice it makes the sauce much finer try this if u like it I have a more simple receipt

  3. Thank you Bob! We appreciate you sharing your goodness! I’ve heard of boiling the meat to get the consistency right. I”ve never tried it but I will now! Thanks again Bob!

    1. Thank you. Boiling the meat seems to bring a lot of grease out but we just spooned it off, except a little. It seemed to make the make a finer texture and we liked it. Bob is so funny! He kepy saying …why don’t you put my recipe on your blog!! haha..he may start wanting a monthly post!

  4. This sounds good! I love homemade hot dog chili. I have a recipe that calls for corn flake crumbs, and I think it’s to soak up the extra grease! Lol! It’s really good though. I’m sure it’s super-fattening! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Oh wow..have never heard of the recipe with corn flakes in it, I bet you are right about soaking up the grease. Thank you for visiting and checking out his hot dog sauce.

    1. I KNOW!!! I didn’t get one in the picture with the slaw..was trying to show the sauce but I agree with you and that is how I eat mine too. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this. I’ll be Pinning! It reminds me of my carnival days. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best Linkup.

  6. I hadn’t thought to mix the two types of ground meat. Good idea. I agree that the less fatty meat can be too dry. I am glad that you can freeze it. Looks like a winner for the summer! we love chili dogs. Thank you Grandpa Bob.

    1. Thank you Krista. He keeps getting the big head when I tell him people gave him good comments!! haha

  7. Such a great recipe share at Weekend Potluck, Pamela! I grew up in Flint, Michigan and Coney dogs are a favorite. I always have them with mustard and onions. Please thank Grandpa Bob for encouraging you to share! Looking forward to trying this awesome recipe. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you. I like cole slaw on mine and he likes the mustard and onions. I know in some parts of the country they do not eat them like this so I am happy to hear that you do.

    1. Thank you. I enjoy reading others posts on the Weekend Potluck and really see some great recipes and ideas.

  8. Is this sauce super sweet tasting?? It calls for 1 C. ketchup & 1 C. brown sugar and that seems like a LOT. Is it overwhelmingly sweet? I REALLY want to try it, but, leery about the sugar aspect—Thanks!

    1. We didn’t think it was too sweet and the crowd we fed it to last night didn’t think it was. It seems to balance the heat in it. If you are not sure, I would just start with a lesser amount like 1/2 cup brown sugar and when you taste it you could add more if desired. Let me know if you try that and how it goes.

  9. Pamela – this sounds wonderful. This could also be canned with a pressure canner – then you would have it on your shelf when you wanted it.

  10. I’m from WV and the hotdog chili sounds like a recipe from Brunswick’s. It was in Williamson, WV and had the best hotdogs ever.

    1. Thank you so much. Hope your family/friends like it. We served it again this weekend and everyone here liked it a lot.

  11. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe on the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week . Pinned and Yummed . Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Do not forget to comment your link #s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

    1. Thank you. Love doing the link parties. I always learn so many interesting things! Sometimes it takes me all week to get thru the blogs but I try.

    1. I honestly don’t know. We have only made it in a dutch oven. That is a good thought and I will try it soon, just to see how it turns out. It may become too greasy in the crockpot is what I am thinking. Thanks for bringing this up.

    1. Isn’t it amazing the different foods we have in different parts of the country. I love it! Thank you for checking this out and let me know what you think when you get a chance to make it. What do you normally eat on hot dogs?

  12. I’ve made this sauce three times now. The first time I thought it was too sweet so I cut the sugar in half and it was perfect. I’ve also made this in the crockpot and cooked on low for 4 hours. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    1. Thank you. When you did it in the crockpot did it have a lot of grease on it? I was wondering about trying it in a crock pot

  13. Mixing cuts of meat to be ground is common…. Lots of restaurants do it. Personally, I like 80/20 Chuck and trimmed lean brisket…. Great flavor and a good consistency… I have it ground twice. Your recipe is much like Greek cooking…. It’s a great recipe… I cut back on the sugar a bit and added a quarter tsp of allspice

    1. Thank you!!! I’m happy you like the recipe. Thank you for the info on having the meat ground twice

  14. Going to try this. We had a restaurant in my home town that had the best coney dogs. It was called the Coney Island.

  15. This was very good! I used 1# ground turkey and 1# ground round and it turned out very tasty! My boys both liked it. I also froze 2 containers as it makes a bunch! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you so much! We had not tried it with the turkey. I bet it had less grease and was good. I am going to try your way next time!! LOL…great minds…

    1. I have not tried it in the crockpot but it does freeze well. I need to try the crockpot method. What worries me about that is that you have to simmer it a long time to cook the grease out. One lady said she made it that way but I need to ask her some questions. I don’t see how the grease would cook out. Thx

  16. I’m pretty sure I have the original sauce recipe from WV you mentioned. It is declicious! We call it Pearls recipe.

    1. Hi. Jill
      Could you please post pearls hotdog sauce receipe. I am also looking for the famous B& L’s hotdog sauce from fairmont, WV. I used to watch Linda make it all the time while I was going to college there. Also enjoyed Yans hotdog stand there too.

      1. That is the best hotdog sauce. My husband’s famy is crom Fairmont and that’s the first thing we do when we get go town is eat a hot dog!!

      2. Hey Matt…I was at a cook-out tonight and they served hot dog sauce from Yans in Fairmont. I have that recipe if you ever want it. I couldn’t eat it..too spicy hot for me..haha They found the recipe folded up in a bible. This family is from Fairmont.

          1. Hi Jody
            Which recipe is it that you would like? Just wanted to make sure it is the right one. Thanks Pam

    1. It is to balance heat and sweet. If you don’t think you would like that much sugar, it would be fine to decrease the amount. We are good with it..but..then again I am a sweet-a-holic person! haha.

  17. Looks awesome!!! I’m definitely going to have to try this. I have been looking for a good hot dog sauce. Thanks for sharing!! 😃

    1. Thank you for checking it out. We have made it several times now since my hubby got the recipe fine tuned, and everyone has really liked it. It has a little kick of heat but the sweet balances it. Cooking it covered with water does seem to bring out the grease but I spoon it off after it is done cooking and really only end up with about 1/4 cup to throw away. We made it again Friday for a cookout.

  18. I am also from Fairmont, WV and I Remember eating hotdogs from Lupos, who had a small place at the end of the bridge between Fairmont and East Fairmont. I would love to have the recipe. The hot one and the other one. Thanks for posting these.

    1. I haven’t eaten from there. One of our good friends went to college at Fairmont and he has a recipe for “Yan Dogs” that is super hot. Would this be one you are talking about?

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