Grandpa's Classic Coney Sauce


Coney sauce is a condiment of ground beef simmered in tangy flavors and served on hot dogs. My grandfather owned a drive-in restaurant back in the 1950s. This is his exact recipe for Coney dogs from back in the day. I make this on special occasions, and it is always hit with friends and family.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard

  • ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring to crumble, until beef is browned; drain.

  2. Transfer the beef and onion to a slow cooker and stir in ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Season with Worcestershire, salt, celery seed, and pepper.

  3. Cover and simmer on Low for 3 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
9g Fat
13g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 586mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 293mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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