Summer!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s finally here. (Happy dance.) It starts with a wonderfully long weekend, perfect for parades, picnics and cocktails on the deck! My mom has made this Coney Island hot dog sauce since I was a kid, often toting a container of it when we went to Martha’s Vineyard or Maine on vacation. Basically a meaty chili for hot dogs, it’s a guilty pleasure that’s oh-so-good on these summer weekends. Grill the dogs and let them get a little char. Add some sauce, mustard and chopped onion and wash it all down with a crisp, cold beer. Yup, that is summer people.
So get out the sprinklers and corn hole, fire up the barbecue, invite some friends over and enjoy an all-American Memorial Day picnic with hot dogs topped with this simple Coney Island hot dog sauce. Make the sauce a day or two ahead to make your weekend even more enjoyable. After all, it’s summer. Why break a sweat?!
- ½ lb. ground beef
- ¼ c. water
- ¼ c. chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder (more to taste)
- 1 tsp. cumin (more to taste)
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- ½ tsp. salt
- Brown meat slowly but thoroughly, breaking with a fork until fine. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Serve on hot dogs with chopped onion and mustard.