Original Coney Island Sauce (Flint, Michigan Style)

17 Mar

First of all, I have been sick the last couple of weeks with one Hell of a cold and just have not had the ambition or the inkling to cook or post anything……

I am feeling much better, but still not 100 %

Here is what I made for dinner last night, if you have never had these you don’t know what you’re missing.

This is my own personal take on the recipe for Original Flint, Michigan Coney Island Sauce!

NOT CHILI DOGS!!!!! Coney Island Dogs!!!!

It has taken me a very long time to get this recipe to the point of perfection but I believe it is there, and so does the rest of my family.

The first things you will need:

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of margarine

1 ½ pounds of ground round

In a saucepan cook the beef, butter and margarine…breaking it up with a fork so it’s in nice and small pieces (or if you have a meat grinder that works perfect, that’s what I use) cook until it is no longer pink. I then drain the excess grease but it is not necessary.

Next you will need to add all these Ingredients to your cooked beef:

2 tablespoons – minced onions

3 tablespoons – chili powder

3 tablespoons – prepared mustard

1 teaspoon – garlic powder

½ teaspoon – salt

½ teaspoon – pepper

1 – 6 oz can of tomato paste

1 – 6 oz can of water

Note: I always make a double batch because it just goes way to fast at my house!

Stir, Stir, Stir! Let simmer until thick.

While your pot is simmering, you need:

6 – KOEGEL’S VIENNA HOT DOGS (no other brand is quite the same here so please do not skimp buy the best! KOEGEL’S! Although I do use the skinless frankfurters for this part because they grind up easier being skinless, they are still Koegel brand and still the best in my opinion. I do use the Vienna hot dogs for the final product.) Grind them up and then add them to your beef mixture in the pot and stir it all up together. Let simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes please…..

To get the true experience prepare your hot dogs as follows: Bun, dog, coney sauce, mustard on top of coney sauce and then sprinkle a few onions on top. Enjoy!!!   Note : I always buy Koegel’s brand hot dogs!

My Macaroni Salad

1 pound macaroni

1 can of peas

1 can tuna in water (drained)

A little onion if ya like

1 medium tomato if ya like

miracle whip salad dressing to mix it all up.

We like ours nice and creamy…..


Posted by on March 17, 2012 in cooking, Recipes


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29 responses to “Original Coney Island Sauce (Flint, Michigan Style)

  1. Gerry Reeves

    August 8, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    In the event that I cannot find a chile power with cumin in it, exactly how much cumin would I add to your receipt to get the same result that you get?

    • Julie

      September 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

      I am not sure…I would just add a little at a time until you get the desired taste..

  2. Sally Smith

    October 27, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Thanks so much I’m from Burton originally.We live in Pueblo Co and my brother is bringing out koegel’s on the 1st. Angelo’s are the best coney’s.

  3. Lorraine Jung

    June 17, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Hi just stumbled onto your site, I too am a Flintstone. Born and raised but have moved to Petoskey in 2005. I sure do miss Angelo’s coney dogs. I will have to try this recipe when it gets a little cooler here. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Marie Tucker

    February 5, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    OMG! I’ve been craving these forever! Thanks so much! Now I don’t have to stock up when I go back to see my parents, I can make them anytime. Yay! (Really miss Angelo’s though.)

  5. Richard Wood

    February 2, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    I have not tried this recipe yet but will give it a try soon. Being from Michigan, I am well aware of Koggels hot dogs, they definitely the very best: (I have been eating them for all of my life. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Ron

      February 3, 2015 at 7:13 AM

      And although ‘beef’ Kogel Dogs are of course the best dog ever, were you aware that….Kogel ‘chicken’ dogs are also just as yummy? Still has the ‘pop’ when you bite into them, and I defy you to tell much difference in the taste! We haven’t bought Kogel ‘beef’ dogs in quite some time. Wanna know why? “PRICE”!! My wife almost had to break my arm just to get me to ‘try’ the Kogel ‘chicken’ dogs, but….I did. And I was very pleasantly surprised! And know what else?….They only cost ‘half’ what the Kogel beef dogs do. Not to mention they are ‘supposedly’ more healthy for you. But then, I sacrifice health for flavor any day, lol. If you haven’t before, give the Kogel chicken dogs a try. I really don’t think you will be disappointed. I wasn’t anyway. Just thought I’d mention it.

  6. joeandjulieskitchen

    February 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments and info…As I say at the beginning of this post this is my recipe for Original Flint, Michigan Coney Island Sauce, everyone has their own version of this recipe, this is just my take on it. My family and I are from the Flint, MI area and they love this recipe and beg me to make it often. If you tried it and didn’t like it I am sorry for that… thanks again for visiting my blog! Have a great day!

  7. Mary

    February 1, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I grew up in Flint and love coney’s! My problem now? I live in Minnesota and can’t find Kogels anywhere!! Any suggestions?

  8. Debra Wick

    January 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Oh how I miss this. I moved to Oklahoma 15 years ago. They DO NOT have Koegel dogs here. When I lived in Michigan I ONLY used Koegel.

    • Joe corwin

      February 16, 2015 at 9:20 AM

      Debra Wick When I first moved out of the state of Mi. I bought Koegels on line, you can have them sent right to your door! check it out,

  9. Ron

    January 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    I don’t remember the name of the Coney Island, but back when I was a kid it was located on Corunna Rd. (M-21) not far east of Ballenger Highway, on the north side of the road. They had the BEST CONEY SAUCE EVER, on the planet. I had always heard that when the family finally sold the business, they also sold their Coney Sauce recipe for one heck of a chunk of $$$$. I don’t remember who they sold it to.

    • lunapiercook

      February 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Ron, that would have been the West Side Coney Island, owned by Ralph and Judy Dimond from 1947 till 1988. There’s a West Side Cafe in the same area now, not sure if it’s affiliated or not, but it’s around the corner from the Dimond’s place.

      • Ron

        February 2, 2015 at 9:21 AM

        West Side Coney Island<<– YES, that was it! Best Conies EVER! Wow, that brings back memories!!

  10. lunapiercook

    January 29, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Chuck, the base sauce from Abbott’s Meat that the restaurants use as a base is beef heart and a couple other components. Early adopters cooked onions in rendered beef suet before adding their own blend of spices, then adding the 25# bag of beef heart base from Abbott’s. Later on some restaurants have changed the rendered suet to lard, while others may use melted shortening or vegetable oil. But no two restaurants do it the same way, each one is different.

  11. Vicky Brown

    January 28, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    my grandma always said ground beef heart was the real deal on the coney sauce but yours sounds yummy I live in Az and we have the worst hot dogs and coney sauce nothing compares to Koegels always have visitors bring us our fix of hot dogs and pickled bologna wish I had A&w red sauce recipe then my life would be complete!! lol

    • joeandjulieskitchen

      January 29, 2015 at 6:44 AM

      Vicky, I have a brother that lives in Az as well and he always has visitors do the same thing for him….hope you have a great day and thanks for checking out my blog!

  12. Hank Ciak

    August 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    J & J, thanks for the Recipe. My wife and I grew up in Flint but left in 1976. You can’t believe what is passed off as a “CONEY” in the rest of the country. We were in Flint and East Lansing and Traverse City July 31 thru Aug 6th and had “Real Flint Coney Islands” and Halo Burger”s on the way to Bishop Airport for our flight back to Atlanta on Wednesday, 8/6/14. I have been having Koegel’s Ring Bologna and Vienna’s shipped in to Buford, GA where we live for a long time but the sauce is not the same. So Tomorrow We go shopping for the ingredients and Saturday, “STIRR, STIRR, STIRR. Hank Ciak, born at St Joe’s, 1943

    • joeandjulieskitchen

      August 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Your very welcome Hank, I truly hope you like it! It is the closest thing I could come up with…feel free to tweak it to your liking!

  13. Tracy mcAfee

    December 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Sounds good but what about cumin? I always put cumin in mine, gives that real authentic coney taste!

    • joeandjulieskitchen

      December 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Tracy, you could add the cumin to it as well if you like…but my chili powder has cumin in it, so i do not add more. I lived in the Flint area for a long time and still have family in that area. This really tastes like the coney’s we have always eaten. Thanks for checking out my blog and hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas.

      • Vaughn Marlowe

        March 8, 2016 at 6:20 AM

        Yes! cumin. That’s the aromatic distinction.

        I grew up two blocks away from Angelo’s and ate there the day it opened in a new building under that name. The prior name was the Davison Road Coney Island and it was housed in a red wooden diner-style edifice of dubious construction. We used to hang out there and play the pinball machine and nickel jukebox. A Coney with a cup of coffee was 20 cents. Malts and shakes were the same, a piece of pie a dime. It was possible in 1948 to eat on a dollar a day. My $40 a week salary went a long way back then.

  14. shay dumas

    October 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I was born and raised in Flint and I’m in TN now. The closest thing we have is sonic……not anymore I will be making these at least 2x a month at home. Thank you so much for bringing a piece of home to the south for me. Now if I could get a Big Johns sandwich that would’ve made my day.

    • joeandjulieskitchen

      October 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Your welcome Shay! I make them about twice a month as well, sometimes more! What I do is make a double batch and freeze half of it for the next time, then I just have to heat it up! Super easy that way! I love Big Johns too, but have not tried to make them yet! Enjoy and have a great day!

  15. Melissa

    August 31, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    thank you for posting this recipe. I live in Massachusetts and frequently visit Flint Michigan with my family as my husband is from there and we love the Coney sauce at Angelos and those hot dogs. We were just there this summer and I brought some hot dogs back but did not grab the sauce so this is great. It tastes really good.thank you again!

    • joeandjulieskitchen

      August 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      your very welcome and i am glad you liked it! we love Angelos as well, i have family that lives over that way.

      • Jennifer SKandarsky

        October 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Thanks for this recipe! I grew up on Angelo’s and now live 2 hours away, and so missed the sauce and the recipes I have found are mostly NY Style. Nothing beats Flint, MI Style!!!

      • joeandjulieskitchen

        October 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        your welcome, i hope you enjoy it! It’s not exact but as close as possible…


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