Flint Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce

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“This was published in the Flint Journal some time after the death of the man who created it. His wife allowed it to be published. There was some discrepancy over the use of beef heart or hot dogs as a main ingredient. I use hot dogs but feel free to experiment with beef heart. This was the cornerstone recipe for several local restaurants in the Flint area where I grew up and is a favorite memory of many who were raised here.”
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  1. DO NOT brown ground beef before using. Combine ALL ingredients except hot dogs in a pot and simmer until thickened. Stir occasionally to ensure beef does not clump and cooks evenly.
  2. Grind the hot dogs very fine (or chop fine in food processor) stir into beef mixture and cook 15 minutes longer.
  3. Use over GOOD natural casing hot dogs (Koegel Vienna if possible) with chopped onion and mustard. The big secret in this recipe is the ground hot dogs. (Hint: Back home, I still used the Koegels' in the sauce, just the skinless ones).

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