Flint's Original Coney Island

Flint's Original Coney Island created by thisiswaysilly

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!

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

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  1. kjl0115
    I've never had a Flint Coney Dog but my husband is from Flint MI. I made this for him as he always talks about how good the hot dogs were in Flint. He loves this recipe! He says it's a great "dupe" for the topping on the coney dogs there. Great recipe!
  2. Marc L.
    Dunno if I'd make it again, but it tasted very good. Could use pictures to know what color it's supposed to be as everything looks red due to the seasoning. Put it up against koegels sauce and this was better. Makes a lot. Trust me. They mean tablespoons.
  3. Debra M.
    No. No. No. No. No. The original and legit coney sauce does not use ground up hot dogs. My late mother in law used to work at Angelo’s when it was made onsite. It uses coarse ground beef hearts and ground beef. Abbot’s meats in Flint now distributes the uncooked sauce ingredients, and you can cook and season at home. But NO GROUND UP HOT DOGS.
  4. Charles D.
    Tablespoons seems like a large amount of seasoning... Is this accuratem
  5. Marcee Nau
    Do you have large batch recipe? ...im looking to make enough for about 200 dogs.
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