Butler Hot Dog shops original recipe

Hey maybe you should post this for the followers of your page. I was a cook there, found this today and thought I’d share

3 lbs. ground meat

1-1/2 cup diced onion

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. chili powder

1-1/2 tbsp. paprika

1/2-tbsp. ground cloves

1 tbsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. black pepper

1-1/2 tbsp. sugar

14 oz. ketchup

6 cups water

1 cup flour mixed with 1 cup water (mix – not so lumpy)


Brown and chop the ground meat in a 4 qt. pan. Drain off excess grease. Add each of the spices, one at a time, and stir after each one. After all the spices are in the mixture, it should be a pastry consistency. Add the ketchup; stir in the water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Keep the heat low and simmer for 2 hours. Add the flour and water mixture. This mixture will blend easily if you mix in your blender before adding to the rest of the sauce. The excess sauce may be frozen. Yield: 1 Gallon



  1. Thank you so much! I lived in Butler 50 years ago and loved the hot dog shop! Every Saturday my husband and I would eat there! How about the recipe for their orange gravy for our fries! Was sooo goooodd! Thanks! Carol Ochaba from Woonsocket RI!

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    • nothing like a couple of butler hotdogs with chili sauce and pickle and a side of fries with orange gravy from the butler hotdog shops


  2. Loved the Chili Dogs at the Butler Hot dog shop my grandma would take me there when I was little all the time! For all of you that like a good chili dog you should stop in at Chicora Sporting Goods Sandwich Shop Located at 123 North Main Street Chicora. Also served there are The best Philly steak sandwiches around and Fresh Cut Fry’s!

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  3. I was from Oil City we made trips down to The Hot Dog Shoppe. Are favorite place. When was taking my father down to dr every week. Even if he felt horrible he insisted we eat there before we headed home!

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  4. Based upon the flavor of the gravy, I honestly think it was the drippings of the hot dogs or maybe even ham stock mixed with a flurry of cornstarch and water to thicken. I do hope she answers you though! I’ve always wondered but never tried to make my theory.


    • Have you cooked it at home? Is the 1/8 teaspoon of salt supposed to be 1/8 of a cup like stated below? I have it cooking and I’d hate to do it wrong


  5. the salt is supposed to be 1/8 cup not 1/8 teas. I’ve used this recipe since the early 60s. Always the best.
    Freeze in 10 small jelly jars…..each holds enough sauce to cover one package of eight hot dogs.

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