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2008/08/16 21:37:57 (permalink)

Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce...

Ok, this was a new one on me.. A month ago I was going after some Stehower's Beef Sizzlers (http://www.stehouwerfrozenfoods.com/)... A shelf below I eyed out a coney sauce I've never seen or heard of before.
Well, I figure it should be good if it's from Flint Michigan.. Finally picked some up, and shall find out Monday when I sample it! Anyone tried it before, or know if this a coney stand out in Flint? I'll get back and let you know what my personal tastes reveal. (8oz package was $2.99 at my store).. Will be going over some Koegles Natural Casing dogs cooked in a little beer.

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    CCinNJ
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 00:35:47 (permalink)
    The packaging looks to be dated circa 1967.

    There is an exp. date on the package, right?

    It also has margarine in the ingredient list. Scary!!

    I guess the microwaveable part ensures that is dates back no further than 1988, or so.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 00:47:05 (permalink)
    I agree with the retro packaging... That's what caught my attention! (I love my classics). Now your scaring me about the expiration date.. lol. But I was hoping more for LARD then margarine, and some beef hearts in there also to make it a true Eastern Michigan classic. And there will be no microwave used here... Slowly simmered in a small pot on the stove..
    I'm supposed to marinate and grill some chicken breasts for tomorrow, but thinking chili dogs instead..
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 00:59:12 (permalink)
    Not to worry!!

    As long as it does not include a recipe from our current President, Lyndon B. Johnson, you are safe. LOL
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 01:59:07 (permalink)
    What happened to Kennedy? Man, I'm behind the times... Next thing you know, they'll elect a president from Texas or something...

    But seriously, looked that package over, and you think I could find an expiration date? NOT! That and the nutritional facts are on a panel less then 1 inch wide. Pretty entertaining to say the least. It's half thawed now, so it will be a definite lunch before NASCAR tomorrow (GO Stewart!), or maybe an after the race snack.. I'll make sure to post pics, and my taste results as the day goes on.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 02:04:04 (permalink)
    I notice Gracie doesn't have a website, so this could very well be rather, well, aged is a nice word.

    I thought the margarine was a strange ingredient as well. And there's no nutritional label. Hmmm...it's a mystery, isn't it?

    CC, if we don't hear from Vic by the end of the NASCAR race, we'd better start worrying.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 03:44:13 (permalink)
    The "Microwavable" logo looks like it is from the 70s. I have not seen that type of logo since I was young, haha
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/17 05:20:55 (permalink)
    Don't worry---A Good Coney Sauce is like fine wine. It never expires. It just gets better with age!
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/18 23:36:25 (permalink)
    Uncle Vic,
    I know where you purchased that Coney sauce cause I was at Forest Hills Foods a couple of Saturdays ago and saw it in the upright freezer case. Was tempted myself to pick up a box too but now I can wait for your own critique. One thing to watch out for when cooking Kogel's Viennas is to not allow them to get to hot lest they burst open. That's not too much of a problem if you heat them on a flat top grill pan but in hot water (or beer) that great flavor quickly gets washed away.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/18 23:53:53 (permalink)
    I love Nascar!!! Yes, a girl from NJ can love Nascar.

    Oh, Uncle Vic. That bad feeling in the pit of your stomach, is not from the coney sauce. Somebody needs to tell Tony to remove the magnets, before he goes through inspection. Sheesh. Rig the bottom of your shoe, and take them with you Tony. Not the nicest way to leave a good long run, with Gibbs Racing.

    I have been watching Nascar, since Sterling was just known as Coo Coo Marlin's boy. LOL
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 17:27:24 (permalink)
    Still waiting for pics....
    (tapping foot here)
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 17:43:30 (permalink)
    Me too
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 17:46:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CCinNJ

    I love Nascar!!! Yes, a girl from NJ can love Nascar.

    Oh, Uncle Vic. That bad feeling in the pit of your stomach, is not from the coney sauce. Somebody needs to tell Tony to remove the magnets, before he goes through inspection. Sheesh. Rig the bottom of your shoe, and take them with you Tony. Not the nicest way to leave a good long run, with Gibbs Racing.

    I have been watching Nascar, since Sterling was just known as Coo Coo Marlin's boy. LOL

    That would be Sterlin (the g is silent), son of Coo Coo and Eula Faye Marlin

    Cakes



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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 17:52:29 (permalink)
    Uncle Vic,
    Best not to keep a couple of Filet Mignon's waiting-- they have 9875 posts between them! And you know what that means-------
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 18:24:33 (permalink)
    Uncle Vic,
    There are two Gracies restaurants, one in New Lothrop, and one on M-13 just a little south of Saginaw. Both are, or at least were noted for their good food.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 18:47:56 (permalink)
    Sorry all for the delay... But here ya go...

    Well, I've had allergies for the last week (again), probably ragweed or some other weed floating around outside, so my taste buds may be a bit off. But either way, here it goes... I'll give this sauce an 8 out of 10 for taste. I did NO doctoring to it, just wanted to sample it as it came out of the box. First bite, it seemed tasteless (my taste buds out of wack), Second bite I could taste the flavor, which was not bad IMHO! Though I felt it could use a pinch more chili powder or paprika and a pinch of cumin at the time. But that be my tastes. After I finished the first dog, I could feel some heat forming slowly in my mouth.. Nothing that really bites ya, but you feel it grow on ya. I liked that! After finishing off the 2nd dog, you know they added some sort of pepper to the mix (again, nothing bad, but had the heat that kept lingering). As for the sauce, it came in a vacuum sealed pouch. Just heat and serve. They claim it's good for topping 8 hot dogs, I say more like 5 or 6 only (I like my dogs coated, but I went thin in my pics, and that would probably cover 6 dogs from what you see below). Also, what I liked about the sauce was it was fine in texture and not dry... Major plus in my book.
    Everything below was pure Michigan made or grown, less the Plochmans Mustard I coated the dogs with.

    Here's the sauce packet outside the box..


    Koegles as they come from the store.. Market price varies on every package, as they sell by weight, not a set price.. Normally I average an 8/1 dog, but these where 10/1 in this package.


    When you open up your Koegles package, the hot dogs are all strung together.


    Here's the chili sauce on the dogs.


    Close up view.


    Final product, Koegles topped with Gracies, some onions and Plochmans.


    So would I buy this sauce again? Yup! Just wish it had the lard and beef hearts like a true Eastern Michigan Chili Sauce, but this way I just drive around the corner to get my fix.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 18:55:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jamesjack

    Uncle Vic,
    There are two Gracies restaurants, one in New Lothrop, and one on M-13 just a little south of Saginaw. Both are, or at least were noted for their good food.

    THANKS! I was going to do a little Inet Recon to see if there was a hot dog stand out there... You probably just answered all my questions. But I'll probably still try to track down the company and either email or snail mail them on the sauce's origins.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 19:45:37 (permalink)
    I might have to order some of them dog's!
    That looks good!
    Whats up with the Busch?..Empty or Full?
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 20:04:56 (permalink)
    Very nice I am Jealous thanks for the picks....Russ
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 22:03:22 (permalink)
    Pics would have been better if I did them downstairs under the standard lights... Do them under fluorescent and I see way different pictures then what I thought I took.. (Just looking it over, and one of the buns looks like green on there, impossible since they where only 2 day old's at the time).. Go figure.. Plus if I cast a shadow, it really affects the pictures also, so did variable takes on most of them). Either way, melt in your mouth to say the least, (after you took a good bite and got that snap from the dog).

    ShenB.. Ya busted me! You know exactly where I dug that sauce out of! lol.. For $2.99 it was worth the gamble, and like I said, I'd buy it again.. I've seen less qty. in the jar and can area for equal or more $$. (This was no Castleberry's or Tony Paco's for sure).

    Roossy90, quit tapping that foot there... With all that rain that soaked your island, you're liable to start a tidal wave or something and make Fay look like a small summer storm. Folk down in Melbourne will be heading up there looking for ya then.

    CCinNJ, Ya, Gibbs bit the big one on that. Tried to cheat a Dyno Test.. They confiscate the cars for this test, so the shoe trick would not have worked. At first, was not too happy with the change, but then after getting over it, I think the Stewart - Haas team will be a good thing! See what happens next year.. Hopefully they can build a solid engine, housed in an American chassis again.







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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 22:08:50 (permalink)
    I was waiting for you to slather on the Jif peanut butter, for the final "touch" LOL

    Better luck next year!!
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/21 22:12:20 (permalink)
    Give me a break CCinNJ.. Not from Jersey.. We do it simple here in Michigan.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 00:22:40 (permalink)
    Well done. As I've never had a real chili dog with a sauce instead of my regular chili, I certainly would have had one and helped myself to a second.

    Sorry I can't offer a comment on Tony as I'm still learning the basics.

    Glad the chance you took worked out, VAM.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 00:24:06 (permalink)
    Some of those hotdogs look slightly undercooked!!!
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 00:51:53 (permalink)
    Lee.. The Hot Dogs are fully cooked to begin with. I toss them in boiling water for about a minute or so, then tossed a cover on them, let them rest for the 10 or so minutes it took me to heat up the sauce and gather everything else up. Not serving a salty, air injected hot dog here (i.e. Oscar Meyer crap)... Like ShenB mentioned, you over cook them, they burst. And I'm with him.. Bring them to temp and serve. These dogs are delicate, yet sturdy if you treat them right. I've ruined a few of these dogs in the past, then CSD's posts put me on the right track several years ago, and that's the way I go now. The way I serve them, you'll get a burst of juice with that snap. If there's any complaints, email the management.





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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 14:14:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    Some of those hotdogs look slightly undercooked!!!

    You can eat hot dogs right out of the package.
    (If you want to, that is)----
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 14:24:59 (permalink)
    I love, Plochman's mustard. Especially their Dijon.
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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 15:40:57 (permalink)
    I hear ya Twinwillow, I love Plochmans for the yellow mustard, but for Dijon, it's Mister Mustard for me!

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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 17:58:09 (permalink)
    Some good looking dogs. Wish I could get that sauce down here.


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    RE: Gracie's - Flint Michigan Sauce... 2008/08/22 18:22:35 (permalink)
    Excuse me, Sir. Do you have any Mister Mustard?
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