This homemade hot dog sauce has been a recipe creation that Grandpa Bob has been trying to perfect for the last few months.
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.
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.
He 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.
This sauce is perfect to make a WV Slaw Dog.
This recipe was shared on Weekend Potluck@ Sweet Little Bluebird
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**Recipe updated 5/14/22