michigan sauce recipe
YUMMY

United States

#1 Jun 12, 2009
does anyone have the recipe for the "original" gene's michigans? if not any michigan sauce recipe that you favor. i thank you ahead of time!!!!!!!
Need Directions

Warrensburg, NY

#2 Jun 21, 2009
Would like a recipe for the sauce? Anyone out there have a favorite??
YUMMY

Schenectady, NY

#3 Jun 26, 2009
i would like "gene's but a good recipe will do. and yes i am talking michigan sauce. thanks!!!!
your neighbor

Warrensburg, NY

#4 Jul 12, 2009



Michigan sauce
In a medium bowl mix....
2 tablespoons Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons Lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1 cup catsup ...( mix well and set aside )
( you will need )
a heavy pot .
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter
Add... Crumbled hamburger
and diced onions
and dump mixture on top...
mix it in well with the onions and hamburger
and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.. Stirring occasionally.
It will cook down and be come thick...
( Serve over hot dogs and maybe use diced onion on top.)
Michigan lover

Tampa, FL

#5 Aug 8, 2009
The only missing ingredient is cabbage (everyone knows that) and then you'll have something similiar to Genes. The one above is pretty close. My aunt has it, she is Gene's wife close friend. But we sworn to secretcy. The recipe is for sale for $1,000,000. LOL No one is willing to buy the recipe, everyone wants it for free. Nothing good is for free. Sorry the recipe is going to be buried forever with Gene, unless u have a million bucks. HaHa
correction

Tampa, FL

#6 Aug 9, 2009
your neighbor wrote:
Michigan sauce
In a medium bowl mix....
2 tablespoons Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons Lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1 cup catsup ...( mix well and set aside )
( you will need )
a heavy pot .
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter
Add... Crumbled hamburger
and diced onions
and dump mixture on top...
mix it in well with the onions and hamburger
and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.. Stirring occasionally.
It will cook down and be come thick...
( Serve over hot dogs and maybe use diced onion on top.)
You forgot to tell everyone how much hamburg to use. That could make or break the taste and you need to specify how much onion to dice with it. You also forgot to say whether or not you leave the hamburg grease with the hamburg or drain. You forgot to tell everyone to toast buns. Don't use butter. Yuck. Michigans are already unhealthy enough, don't cook everything in butter. You use white vinegar not plain vinegar. And you forgot important ingredient: cabbage. Go back and adjust this recipe so people have the right amounts with the right ingredients if they want it "close" to Genes. No one has the REAL Genes but Gene himself and he's gone. Rest in peace. Everyone claims they have the real Genes. Yeah Right. They were only willng to sell it before they told people. They wanted over $100,000 didn't they and no one would buy it. Even Gene's wife isn't willing to give it up. Smart lady! It is too valuable. We wish we could have Gene's recipe but we will never get it.
Port Henry

Warrensburg, NY

#7 Aug 9, 2009
correction wrote:
<quoted text>
You forgot to tell everyone how much hamburg to use. That could make or break the taste and you need to specify how much onion to dice with it. You also forgot to say whether or not you leave the hamburg grease with the hamburg or drain. You forgot to tell everyone to toast buns. Don't use butter. Yuck. Michigans are already unhealthy enough, don't cook everything in butter. You use white vinegar not plain vinegar. And you forgot important ingredient: cabbage. Go back and adjust this recipe so people have the right amounts with the right ingredients if they want it "close" to Genes. No one has the REAL Genes but Gene himself and he's gone. Rest in peace. Everyone claims they have the real Genes. Yeah Right. They were only willng to sell it before they told people. They wanted over $100,000 didn't they and no one would buy it. Even Gene's wife isn't willing to give it up. Smart lady! It is too valuable. We wish we could have Gene's recipe but we will never get it.
One small onion, 1 pound ground round 90% & there will be very little grease. Drain what grease there is. Never use cheap hamburg. Whip the mixture good with a fork. God bless Alice & Gene. They were wonderful people.
lguerin

Pittsfield, MA

#8 Apr 26, 2010
Sounds Like a good recipe. I heard that Walt bought Gene's [link]http://1stopshop4.com/to p-secret-recipes/>top secret recipe</link> for $25,000. How true is that? Anybody know?
Yeppers

United States

#9 Apr 27, 2010
Leave out the butter.
Jess

Waitsfield, VT

#10 May 1, 2010
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for... I googled michigan sauce and all of the recipies were more of a chili type of sauce... not raelly what I'm looking for on top of a hot dog!! Thanks for the great recipie :)
your neighbor wrote:
Michigan sauce
In a medium bowl mix....
2 tablespoons Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons Lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1 cup catsup ...( mix well and set aside )
( you will need )
a heavy pot .
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter
Add... Crumbled hamburger
and diced onions
and dump mixture on top...
mix it in well with the onions and hamburger
and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.. Stirring occasionally.
It will cook down and be come thick...
( Serve over hot dogs and maybe use diced onion on top.)

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Since: Mar 09

Winchester, MA

#11 Oct 17, 2010
correction wrote:
<quoted text>
You forgot to tell everyone to toast buns.
The bun is NEVER "toasted" - it needs to be steamed. Get good ones too - usually the store brands just fall apart.
rabidon

Fernandina Beach, FL

#12 Nov 3, 2010
lguerin wrote:
Sounds Like a good recipe. I heard that Walt bought Gene's [link]http://1stopshop4.com/to p-secret-recipes/>top secret recipe</link> for $25,000. How true is that? Anybody know?
---Walt told me he did, in fact, buy it, can't remember the exact price, but think he said $10 or 15 G's
jakeslover

Plattsburgh, NY

#13 Jun 2, 2011
In the 1950's there was a roadside stand in Chateaugay, NY called Jake's Red Hots. This was and still is the best michigan sauce you will ever eat, problem is, there is no more Jakes. The family secret recipe is in a family members safe somewhere. I went for years craving these great red hots. Thankfully, a few years ago some of the Chateaugay "boys" started an annual golf tourney in Malone. I don't know if Pecore is responsible for getting that family member to donate a pot of sauce for the preparty but it is surely appreciated. If you can get your hands on that recipe you could make millions.
Niki K

Plattsburgh, NY

#14 Sep 7, 2011
Are you all for real about the cabbage? Cooked in the sauce? My recipe (similar to clinton-county-based Claire and Carls) is completely different from this one.
I'm intrigued ... but there seems to be very little spice.
Mom2sixmonkeys

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Jun 28, 2013
My grandmother, Gertrude Sweet, was married to Jake ( Gerald) of Jake's Red Hots. It was their stand. He passed away in a car accident very young. My grandmother passed in January but we still make her Michigan Sauce!! It was their recipe. I don't have it written down and my mom makes it perfect.
jakeslover wrote:
In the 1950's there was a roadside stand in Chateaugay, NY called Jake's Red Hots. This was and still is the best michigan sauce you will ever eat, problem is, there is no more Jakes. The family secret recipe is in a family members safe somewhere. I went for years craving these great red hots. Thankfully, a few years ago some of the Chateaugay "boys" started an annual golf tourney in Malone. I don't know if Pecore is responsible for getting that family member to donate a pot of sauce for the preparty but it is surely appreciated. If you can get your hands on that recipe you could make millions.
Nanaclause12

Chesapeake, VA

#16 Jul 9, 2014
I did there was a empty spot I can't work Thursday
jakeslover wrote:
In the 1950's there was a roadside stand in Chateaugay, NY called Jake's Red Hots. This was and still is the best michigan sauce you will ever eat, problem is, there is no more Jakes. The family secret recipe is in a family members safe somewhere. I went for years craving these great red hots. Thankfully, a few years ago some of the Chateaugay "boys" started an annual golf tourney in Malone. I don't know if Pecore is responsible for getting that family member to donate a pot of sauce for the preparty but it is surely appreciated. If you can get your hands on that recipe you could make millions.
Dayna Cole

Utica, NY

#17 Jul 18, 2014
jakeslover wrote:
In the 1950's there was a roadside stand in Chateaugay, NY called Jake's Red Hots. This was and still is the best michigan sauce you will ever eat, problem is, there is no more Jakes. The family secret recipe is in a family members safe somewhere. I went for years craving these great red hots. Thankfully, a few years ago some of the Chateaugay "boys" started an annual golf tourney in Malone. I don't know if Pecore is responsible for getting that family member to donate a pot of sauce for the preparty but it is surely appreciated. If you can get your hands on that recipe you could make millions.
I've been looking for this recipe for years....none like it...was the best and those canadian hotdog rolls...steamed and yummy! There was a Jake's Red Hot family member at the Malone fair selling michigans a few years ago...
Don in AK

Anchorage, AK

#18 Aug 22, 2015
jakeslover wrote:
In the 1950's there was a roadside stand in Chateaugay, NY called Jake's Red Hots. This was and still is the best michigan sauce you will ever eat, problem is, there is no more Jakes. The family secret recipe is in a family members safe somewhere. I went for years craving these great red hots. Thankfully, a few years ago some of the Chateaugay "boys" started an annual golf tourney in Malone. I don't know if Pecore is responsible for getting that family member to donate a pot of sauce for the preparty but it is surely appreciated. If you can get your hands on that recipe you could make millions.
When I was growing up, no night out was complete without a stop at Jake's for a couple foot-longs. I've tried all kinds of Michigan sauces since, but none have the same taste as Jake's. I've never had Gene's sauce, does anyone who's had both think they are close?

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