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A&W Coney Island Sauce

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Rating: 3/5
9 reviews

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   25 cups

recipe id: 9146
cook method: stovetop

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5 pounds ground beef
2 small onions, finely chopped
64 ounces tomato paste
64 ounces canned tomato puree
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon celery seed
3 tablespoons salt PLUS"PLUS" means this ingredient in addition to the one on the next line, often with divided uses
1 teaspoon salt


Brown hamburger and onions in very large skillet; drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 3 1/2 hours. Stir frequently, as it will tend to stick. This freezes well.

cook's notes

To get that authentic taste, use only Kogel franks and rehydrate dry minced onions in boiling water.

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Meg, San Francisco


104 calories, 3 grams fat, 16 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein per 1/4 cup.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I obviously had to scale this down considerably size wise for home use. Made as directed then let simmer in my crock pot. Very good! I have never seen Kogel franks but I used organic all beef franks and they were delicious with the sauce.

Guest at

REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
This recipe has a very strong tomato base while other coney recipes do not. I question whether the person who submitted this recipe meant that we should add 1 1/2 cups of sugar. I made the recipe as printed and the sauce was quite sweet for a meat sauce - I had to tone down the sweetness by adding more vinegar. I also added more beef to make my end product look like the photo - without the addition of the beef the sauce was more tomato sauce than a beef sauce.

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May 13, 2010

REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
i have cooked enough that I should have known by looking at the ingredients that something was wrong with the recipe @ cups sugar waaayyyy too much and too much celery seed maybe even too much chili powder and not enough tomato find another recipe I agree with another post its like candy hamburger with celery seed

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Well being a cook and also an avid internet researcher, I would venture to say there is a major type-o in the recipe. Most recipes only call for 1-2 tbsp of sugar so I would say it was supposed to be 2 tbsp of sugar, not 2 cups. and the celery seed was more than likely was supposed to be 1/4 tsp. I have not seen another recipe that used more than 1 tsp of celery seed. Adjust the salt as well, you want to stay alive long enough to make it again if it's good. I actually wouldn't even want to taste this recipe the way it is written. A&W has been a frequent of mine since childhood and I am making it a tradition with my kids, unfortunately they are disappearing as fast as our liberties are in this country. I hope to find a recipe or master my own that tastes like it soon. Good eatin' and God Bless

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
Ok, definately way, way too much sugar and celery seed. And I honestly believe the poster meant tomato PASTE, not puree. (Never seen a six oz can of puree) Anywy, definately not enough puree. I put in 2 -29 oz cans, extra vinegar and ketchup to help counter the sweetness, it's better but its still not very good. I have eaten at A&W's across the country and never had a dog that tasted like that. I will not make this sauce again.

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
Way too much sugar even when cut in half.

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I agree a waste of and ingredients time. 1 6oz can of tomato puree not even close to enough. 4 tablesoons of celery seed way way to much

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Just drain the grease and cut back on the sugar, I did half the sugar and the recipe turned out great. WE LOVE IT

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Instead of the tomato puree I used Campbells tomato soup and only made enough for dinner and had left overs.Taste just like the real thing. Sooo good!

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I disagree with the previous review that only gave this 1 star.

I use lean ground beef and drain it before adding the other ingredients. You definitely need to drain off the grease.

I have never had A&W Chili Sauce, so I can't say if it compares as a copycat recipe or not. Regardless, this makes some darn good dog sauce.

I make this for all of our large cookouts during the summer and people have come to expect that it will be there when we grill dogs. It is a bit sweet, but it's very tasty and I get lots of compliments on this recipe.

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Jan 30, 2005

REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I had a coney dog at A&W yesterday and it was nothing like this recipe. This recipe is a waste of ingredents. It taste like candied meat. Way to much sugar.Also it does not say to or not to drain the meat. Will not make again.UCK!

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