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Feb 26, 2010 11:36 AM

Coney Island Doggie Sauce

This is a new experience for me. I've gone over tons of messages from New Castle, PA, about their hot dog sauce. I've looked for years...I mean years....for a special sauce I remember as a kid in Easton, PA. The place was Steve's Cup just off Nazareth Road in Palmer Township. I was 6 or 7 and helped there washing pans. Cars would line up next to Steve's and would come for great distances. Steve was a Greek and had his place open about 9 months each year heading to Florida in the winter or back home to Greece to visit. His dogs were deep fried and put into a very steamed roll. They were slathered with his sauce, a thin slide of dill pickle, some celery salt and then rapped in wax paper to steam. I've tried for years (I'm 71 now) to duplicate. Some of the famous doggie shops are in this area, for example Yoccos in Allentown. There was also a Marcos at 4th and Gordon in Allentown and then the famous Crystal Palace doggie shop on Penn Street in Reading. But nothing compared to Steve's Cup.

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  1. I never had Steve's but this is pretty close to my favorite Coney Island hot dog sauce in Scranton. To steam the buns use a pasta or vegetable steamer. I use a wand blender to get it fine. Good spicy mustard.

    Chili Sauce for Hot Dogs

    2 lbs. Hamburg 1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 sweet pepper 1 tsp. oregano
    2 chopped onions 18-24 oz V-8 juice
    1 stalk celery, chopped 1 Tbl chili powder
    2 Tbsp. Celery Salt ½ tsp. red pepper (cayenne)
    3 tsp. salt** 1 ½ tsp. black pepper
    3 tsp. paprika

    Brown hamburger and drain fat. Cook onion, pepper and celery until tender. Add remaining ingredients and enough V-8 to cover hamburg. Can be frozen and used as needed. To achieve finer consistency, put cooled sauce in blender or food processor. I also add Frank’s or hot sauce to spice it up.

    1. Good luck in your search! here is the one that I use (which i think I found on Chowhound), maybe it's similar:

      1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
      1 tsp. red pepper flakes
      1 tsp. oregano
      1 tsp. basil
      2-1/4 tsp. cayenne
      1 tsp. chili powder
      1 tsp. garlic salt
      1 tsp. cumin
      1 tsp. salt
      2 md. onions, finely diced, sauted until tender
      1 15-oz can tomato sauce
      1 can water
      1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
      4 raw hot dogs, finely ground
      Mix all ingredients and simmer for an hour or two.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Burghfeeder

        You are so right. I've used this one and continue to do so. Only difference is that I simmer the sauce in a small crockpot for two days. Like folprivate I do blend it to a finer consistency especially since the ground raw hotdogs shouldn't floating around in the sauce that we've taken so much time to concoct and simmer.


        1. re: Jimmy Brett

          So I think what you are saying is that the one you are searching for is better than this...If so, I can't wait until you find it!!!

        2. re: Burghfeeder

          I have a friend that served the most amazing chili sauce at a brew party we had. He's from Pittsburgh and said it was a local thing. The one ingredient that stuck in my head was the ground hot dogs...the cheapest dogs you can find. (his words...I'm thinking Bar S). I'm not in contact with him anymore, so I'm hoping this one is the one. Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

          1. re: BobbyG

            It's funny that you mention that. I actually buy two types of hotdogs, a good quality such as Hebrew National to eat and I use Bar S, or any other cheap dogs for the sauce.