It's summertime and the livin is easy! One of the greatest things about summer is BBQ's. I love every single moment I get to spend outside and there is nothing better than hangin out with friends on a warm sunny day with the grill on enjoying a nice cold beer (or 2!) and some grub. The best thing about BBQ's and summer time in the North Country, where I was born and raised, are michigans- and no, I am not from Michigan! I'm from a tiny little town in upstate New York, right on the Canadien border, in an area that is dubbed The North Country by those who call it home.
If you ask anyone from The North Country about michigans they will know for sure what you are talking about and will probably even have a family recipe to share. If you ask anyone else, they will have no idea! To sum it up, it's basically meat sauce for hot dogs. Looks-wise, think chili dog. Taste-wise, think a million times better than a chili dog! So in an effort to spread the deliciousness that is michigans, I will gladly share my family's recipe for the best north country delicacy there is!
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups tomato juice
1 can tomato paste
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp chili powder
crushed red pepper to taste
2 tbsp sugar
In a large saucepan add onions and cook over medium-high heat till tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned. Add tomato juice, tomato paste, worcestershire, garlic, chili powder, pepper and sugar. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and simmer 30-45 minutes.
Serve on hot dog. Add chopped yellow onion and yellow mustard as desired.