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Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

I've lived in Flint, Michigan my entire life, and I was brought up on Coneys. The recipe has always been kept "top secret", and every restaurant has a slightly different version. But my friend's grandmother opened and ran one of Flint's top Coney Island restaurants for many years, and she gave me this recipe. The original recipe calls for beef kidney, heart and suet. But guess what? That's what hot dogs are made from! That's why ground hot dogs are a good substitution. I've tried and tasted many copycat recipes for Coney sauce, but I'm convinced that this one is the best. Coneys are traditionally served using a steamed hot dog bun, a koegel vienna hot dog (any vienna hotdog will do) then topped with the sauce, yellow mustard and finely chopped onions. Yum! The friend also noted that if it tastes like something is missing.. add more cumin. By the way, Koegel Viennas are now available to order online!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients in a heavy pan and cook over med to low heat until mixture cooks and becomes dry and crumbly.
  2. If it seems too wet or greasy, add a few crumbled saltine crackers.
  3. Best if made a day ahead and reheated in a frying pan.
  4. Freezes well.
  5. Note: I grind my hot dogs up in a blender with a little water.
  6. I also chop the onions using my blender with water.
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5 5

This is it! It's so close to the original. There is something missing..i'm not sure what it is, maybe a bit of sweet..or a tangy something. Not sure, and not complaining. By the time you get the hot dog, onion and mustard, your eating a Flint coney.

5 5

I am from Flint and also grew up with Coney Island. I love this recipe. I cooked it quite a while. Serrve them with diced white onions and mustard. The hot dogs should be boiled and the buns stemed. My husband also loves them. Thanks Bethany.

Coming from the family of the Original Receipt, (Simeon "Sam" Brayan) this is a close copy. There are only three people who have the Original Receipt and it is held very close. My mother was his granddaughter and even the grandchildren dont have it. There are two living children and they are the only two to know it.

I must also state never boil the kogels they must be fried slow..... not in a deep fryer either. just butter and slow.

Great job on this receipt though.