Michigans??????? (or red hots)

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2008/02/15 17:23:50 (permalink)

Michigans??????? (or red hots)

Is anyone familiar with Michigans (sometimes called red hots)? They are a local favorite in Plattsburgh NY where I grew up. I am looking for the michigan buns that these restaurants use. I understand they get them from Freihofers but I cannot find any on the web. They are buns that are not split and come 8 in a package.

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    Michael Stern
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2008/02/15 17:38:43 (permalink)
    Call[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=4190']McSweeney's[/url]. They are open year-round, and can probably direct you to the buns.
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2008/02/16 02:39:56 (permalink)
    I understand they use closed end buns to help hold in the sauce and toppings but when I was up there last fall my dogs were on regular buns. The hot dogs and sauce were very good!!

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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2008/02/16 16:56:32 (permalink)
    What exactly is a closed end bun? Is that a bun that is sliced across the top instead of the side? New England style?
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2008/02/16 18:47:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Buddy Dek

    What exactly is a closed end bun? Is that a bun that is sliced across the top instead of the side? New England style?

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16078&SearchTerms=michigans
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2008/02/18 17:39:05 (permalink)
    The link provided by Michael Hoffman above has a picture of two Michigan dogs. If you check out www.mcsweeneysredhots.com there is a picture on the home page showing the closed ends. It seems to be a typical hot dog bun but with a different slit.

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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2009/07/14 09:10:15 (permalink)
    OK, so I was treated to a homemade Michigan over 4th of July. A fellow camper brought a crock pot of the Michigan sauce which was very tastey. She got very defensive when it was referred to as a chili sauce. The recipe below was posted elsewhere is very chili-like, with the exception of the worcestershire:

    Chili Dog Sauce

    1 - 1.5 lb ground sirloin
    1 small onion, diced
    3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    4-5 shakes Worcestershire sauce
    1 T red pepper flakes
    1 heaping T chili powder
    1 heaping T cumin
    1/2 can or so tomato sauce
    1/4 cup Head Country BBQ Sauce
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    ...So I don't understand why she got so excited. She claimed to have a proprietary recipe from a famous Michigan joint. I wondered if it wasn't some derivation of the Cincinatti chili w/o the cinnamon and allspice...

    I liked the sauce but it completely covered the taste of a good hot dog. My friend says its not about the hot dog, and I can understand that...but lets face it, I don't want to eat a hot dog unless its a quality dog...so I am basically conflicted.

    Anyway, can someone help me w/ the history of the sauce, and why people get upset when you call it chili sauce...I don't want to offend anyone else..
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    ann peeples
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots)wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_hot_dog 2009/07/14 10:59:45 (permalink)


    wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_hot_dog
    post edited by annpeeples - 2009/07/14 11:01:58
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    Cosmos
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots)wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_hot_dog 2009/07/14 12:28:53 (permalink)
    Thanks...that helps...so I am right, it is basically a chili sauce, and my friend can un-bunch her panties any time now...I may e-mail her that link...
    post edited by Cosmos - 2009/07/14 16:27:29
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots)wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_hot_dog 2009/12/17 15:10:49 (permalink)
    Ahhh a Michigan style Coney Island Hot Dog

    Picture of Coney Island Hot Dogs shop in downtown Kalamazoo Michigan

    post edited by IntelligentT82 - 2010/01/06 11:48:14
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2009/12/17 16:54:19 (permalink)
    Cosmos

    OK, so I was treated to a homemade Michigan over 4th of July. A fellow camper brought a crock pot of the Michigan sauce which was very tastey. She got very defensive when it was referred to as a chili sauce. The recipe below was posted elsewhere is very chili-like, with the exception of the worcestershire:

    Chili Dog Sauce

    1 - 1.5 lb ground sirloin
    1 small onion, diced
    3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    4-5 shakes Worcestershire sauce
    1 T red pepper flakes
    1 heaping T chili powder
    1 heaping T cumin
    1/2 can or so tomato sauce
    1/4 cup Head Country BBQ Sauce
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    ...So I don't understand why she got so excited. She claimed to have a proprietary recipe from a famous Michigan joint. I wondered if it wasn't some derivation of the Cincinatti chili w/o the cinnamon and allspice...

    I liked the sauce but it completely covered the taste of a good hot dog. My friend says its not about the hot dog, and I can understand that...but lets face it, I don't want to eat a hot dog unless its a quality dog...so I am basically conflicted.

    Anyway, can someone help me w/ the history of the sauce, and why people get upset when you call it chili sauce...I don't want to offend anyone else..


    The above recipe is very similar to my Chili Dog Sauce.

    Chili Dog Sauce

    1 lb ground chuck
    2 beef bullion cubes
    1 cup water
    1 small onion, diced
    1 heaping T chili powder
    1 heaping T cumino
    1 T red pepper flakes
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 6 oz can tomato puree
    1/4 cup Head Country BBQ Sauce
    Salt & Pepper to taste


    Brown meat in a skillet, drain.
    Return to skillet.
    Add a cup of warm water with two beef bullion cubes dissolved in the water.
    Simmer 20 minutes or until meat is tender.
    Add remaining ingredients, simmer 10 minutes.
    Add water if needed for desired consistency.
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    Matt Gleason
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    RE: Michigans??????? (or red hots) 2009/12/28 18:20:37 (permalink)
    If anyone from lower New York wants a good Michigan aka Coney dog, check out the Coney Island Cafe in Middletown, NY.
    A group of Roadfooders are getting together there tomorrow, keep an eye out in the Meet and Greet section for pics.
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