Coney “Sauce” and The Weekend

I had one hell of a weekend. The kind that was so jam packed with fun that you wish all day Monday, you were still there.

I had cousin company in town and we started it off by taking them to our favorite local winery for lunch.

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We ate a picnic of BLT’s, my mom’s homemade pasta salad, fruit and brownies. And wine of course!  This time we had the Petite Noir, Firefly Rose and the Viognier. All delicious. It was perfect and the Tennessee weather couldn’t have been better.

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That night, we had a cookout/southern feast. On the menu were ribs, beer chicken, mac and cheese, squash casserole, greens and peach cobbler. We were stuffed to say the very least.

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Saturday the ladies went on a hike, complete with wildlife sightings!

While the fellas played golf.

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Saturday night we had appetizers at Edleys, while we waited for The Pharmacy to call us. For those of you that are local, you know this is a long wait.

Two hours later we got in 🙂

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The company is gone but the fun didn’t stop there. We grilled out again on Sunday and this time we were making hot dogs with Coney Sauce.

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I’ve discovered some great new, natural hot dogs from Applegate Farms that won’t make you feel guilty about eating hot dogs, plus they taste better!

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To me, there is nothing like a friendly grilled hot dog in the summer.

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You start out by sauteing your ground beef with a small diced onion. Then you just add the seasonings.

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This coney sauce doesn’t photograph very well, but it was easy to make. The hardest thing about it, is just letting it simmer for a long time, so that it continually gets better.

When the sauce is done, you just grill your dogs and cover them with your choice of toppings!

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covers 6-8 dogs (recipe easily doubles)


1 pound ground beef (i used 90/10)

small yellow or white onion, finely diced
3/4 cup ketchup
1/8 cup mustard
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/2 cup water
salt and freshly ground pepper
instructions and directions: 
in a medium sauce pan or skillet over medium heat, saute ground beef and diced onion until beef is done and no longer pink. add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1-2 hours. season with salt and pepper.
if it gets too thick, you can add water a tablespoon at a time.

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