Can you believe we are already creeping up on the 4th of July? In mid-Michigan that means it’s Koegel hot dog season, and what’s a hot dog without coney sauce right?
There has been some discussion throughout the years as to where, and when, the popular sauce was first introduced, and who did the introduction. It’s been said that Greek immigrants visited Coney Island in Brooklyn before trekking their way across the country. Apparently they are the ones that came up with the “must have” hot dog topping.
As for the Flint area, the “legend” says it was a man by the name of Simion P. (Sam) Brayan, a Macedonian, that came up with the Flint version in 1924. What makes Flint’s sauce Flint’s sauce is the ingredients. Flint coney sauce recipe contains ground beef and ground hot dogs. It’s said that Brayan was the one who contracted with Koegel Meat Company to make the coney they still make today, also contracting with Abbott’s Meat to provide the fine-grind beef heart sauce base.
So let’s get down to the real important stuff….the recipe. I’m sure there are a few slight variations out there, but this one seems to the be the most popular one making it’s way around social media for the past few years. Keep in mind, following the recipe is key. No substitutions, don’t reduce or add more of the ingredients. And for God’s sake…ONLY USE KOEGEL HOT DOGS! It’s a Flint thing.
I have had this recipe for years! Good time of year to try it!!