coney island hot dogs

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Invite your friends and family over for game day or to watch a beach flick, and serve Coney Island Hot Dogs… also known as “Red Hots.” These are such a crowd pleaser and they’re so easy to make! Be prepared to share this recipe with your guests. There are never any leftovers. This can easily be doubled or tripled for a large gathering.

Coney Island Hot dogs {Red Hots}

~ serves 8 people ~

2 lb. ground chuck

1 large onion, chopped fine

1/4 cup prepared, yellow mustard

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 Tablespoons water

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons celery seed

1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, saute the ground beef and onion for 10 to 12 minutes or until the meat is well browned. Crumble into a fine texture with a fork. If necessary, drain excess fat. Stir in the mustard, vinegar, sugar, water, Worcestershire sauce, celery seed, Tabasco and ketchup. Sauce is done when it’s hot all the way through, the liquid has almost completely evaporated, and when the meat is no longer pink.

You can grill hot dogs on a charcoal or gas grill, heat the hot dogs right in the skillet with the sauce, or you can heat them in your slow cooker…

Easy Crock Pot Method:

Once sauce is done, place it in a slow cooker on LOW. Add 8 of your favorite hot dogs, straight from the packaging, to the Coney sauce and push them under the sauce so they’re completely covered. When hot dogs are warmed through, they’re ready to serve.

To serve: Top a hot dog bun with a cooked hot dog, some of the sauce, and whatever condiments you wish. We love ketchup, yellow mustard, and fresh chopped onions!


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  9 comments for “coney island hot dogs

  1. Heidi
    May 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    This has definitely been beach weather! I don’t know if this is technically a “beach” movie but I loved the old Disney Swiss Family Robinson movie. My favorite part is when they’re racing each other on animals – an ostrich, a zebra, etc. up and down the beach and then they spot the pirates. Gotta love the good, old-fashioned entertainment.

  2. May 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Heidi,
    Love Swiss Family Robinson! I would say that’s kind of a beach movie…well, like you said, it has a cool beach scene anyway! 😉

    Visited Disney World “Magic Kingdom” a few years ago and walked through the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. SO cool.


  3. Drea
    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, they are delicious!!!

  4. May 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    the Coneys or the movies? hee hee…I know what you meant. These coneys are absolutely fantastic and have been given rave reviews by all who have tried them 😉

  5. Kimber Dunn
    May 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I LOVE old movies as well!! Usually prefer the ones with song & dance, but some awesome classics are anything with Haley Mills or Audrey Hepburn. Sabrina, Pollyanna and Gidget are faves – and funny, they are all one female named titles. Hmmmmmm

    And absolutely anything with Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby or Gene Kelly completely captures me!

  6. May 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Sounds like we have the same taste in movies…
    Don’t you just LOVE the scene in Roman Holiday where they put their hands in the mouth of the statue? goosebumps EVERY time!

    Or when Eliza Dolittle sings “Without You” to Henry Higgins? or “I could have danced all night.” …swoon 🙂

    Love both versions of Sabrina…

    of course I’m in love with “the boys” too! Fred, Frank, Dean, Bing, and Gene…so sweet.

  7. July 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Heya – awesome blog post,

    • Melissa
      July 18, 2011 at 10:42 am


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