Recipe (revised): Flint Coney Sauce

March 29, 2015 – Please Note: This is a very old posting and includes information that includes folklore about a recipe, i.e. that there are ground hot dogs in Flint Coney sauce. This rumor is patently untrue. Actual facts regarding that particular recipe can be found in our article “Q: Where did the Flint Coney sauce recipe that includes ground hot dogs originate?“, including the recipe being specifically refuted by one of the former owners of Angelo’s Coney Island. Our version of that recipe is now located here. But remember, the result is not a true Flint Coney sauce whatsoever.

Yup, that’s the thing right there. The current version of the Flint coney, as we’re serving it at the beachhouse concession on the Lake Erie beach here in Luna Pier, Michigan. That’s a Koegel skinless frankfurter in the bun, with the sauce being made of 80/20 ground chuck, ground up Koegel Viennas, and other good things. I recently posted a pic here of the same coney sauce being served on nacho chips with cheese and jalapeño slices. You could probably just eat the sauce off your car’s bumper and it’d still be excellent.

I’ve posted the recipe for this version of Flint coney sauce in more than one location. However, I’ve found the version of the recipe doesn’t exactly scale well. So, I’ve updated the recipe so both versions are included.

For those who are interested, you can click here to download a copy of the recipe we’re using. (You may need to download and install the freeware Adobe Reader to view the recipe.) The recipe is laid out as a “trifold”, meaning you print the two pages on two sides of one piece of paper, then fold it in thirds and stash it somewhere till you’re ready to use it.

Please let me know if you find any errors in this thing. If so, I’ll fix them ASAP.

If you do make the sauce, I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as our customers and we do.


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  1. THANKS DAVE!! For the recipe that is.

    Just in time for the 4th of July.

    Please don’t kill me for not using Vienna’s though. I made a pact with myself never to eat or buy those. Ever.

    Like drinking the wine you cook with, I’ll probably grind up some Boars Head or Hebrew National dogs.

    Thanks again!!

  2. I opened and printed the recipe and to my surprise, it has a lovely story about Flint in it…my family lives up there and we LOVE Angelo’s Coney Island. One of the best hole-in-the-wall coney joints around…thanks for the recipe!!! It definately makes me want to go there on our next trip to see my family.

  3. This sounds better than crack. Seriously, the recipe sounds great, but that delicious picture speaks volumes.
    Thanks for including both -the original and current version- of the recipe; I’ll try this soon and report back.

  4. I think that just me and Brett are going to come up to Luna Pier to the beach again. I love that beach. By the way that picture looks so good that I wish I could eat ha ha kidding.

  5. I just calculated that it’s 1200 miles from Melbourne, Florida to Luna Pier, Michigan. And I was seriously wondering if we could pull it off to have a couple of those coneys.

    Man, those look good. I don’t think we can pull off a road trip like that, but I’m drooling.

  6. congrats on your new adventure!!! i’ve just been catching up on all your old posts.

    xoxo, jaden

  7. GREAT photo! Coneys usually taste pretty good, but are not much to look at. This one is a big exception. I’ve never seen a coney look so delicious. Excellent photography or excellent food preparation…. I’m seeing this post a few months too late to find out. 😉

  8. Hi Dave,

    I was looking for a recipe for coney sauce and came across this website. I grew up privileged enough to experience Angelo’s Coney Islands. My dad worked for Buick and would bring them home as a treat once in a blue moon. I worked with someone down at the Flint P.O. who had worked for Koegel’s and she said there was kidney meat and other awful sounding stuff in the recipe for the Angelo’s coneys. Whatever’s in ’em they’re awesome. My family still drives down to Franklin St. to pick up a bag of ’em now & then.
    By the way, my mother and her brother grew up on Franklin St. Maybe you knew them?

  9. @Susan, I’d heard similar stories but I’m hesitant as to whether to believe them. I guess if Angelo’s ever gives up the original recipe we’d find the truth, but as people told me this stuff’s better than Angelo’s version anyway … not sure I want to bother!

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