Rochester Hot Sauce

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    Rochester Hot Sauce Recipe

    Rochester Hot Sauce is different from your typical hot sauce. In fact, the “hot factor” doesn’t even reference the spice, but more the actual temperture, as in it is served hot.

    Rochester Hot Sauce is a ground beef and tomato based sauce used to top Garbage Plates. While it is served hot, it is not traditionally spicy. #hotsauce #garbageplates www.savoryexperiments.com

    Rochester Hot Sauce is a ground beef and tomato based sauce used to top Garbage Plates. While it is served hot, it is not traditionally spicy.

    Hot sauce is a beef base with a few finely minced or grated vegetables technically making it like a ragu sauce. It is served most frequently on Rochester Garbage Plates in Rochester, New York. 

    A Garbage Plate is a loaded dish of crispy home fries, hot sauce, macaroni salad and cheeseburgers topped with raw onions, condiments and slices of white bread. #garbageplates www.savoryexperiments.com

    The hot sauce itself is more of a ground beef based sauce like you’d see on a chili cheese dog. Almost a sloppy Joe mix, but a little more tangy. Some even use it as a spaghetti sauce, like chili mac. You won’t find this sauce anywhere outside of the Rochester area, that is for sure! 

    The “hot” doesn’t refer to spice, it is a referral to the temperature. A meat sauce that is served piping hot. 

    Vegetable are hidden in this tomato based sauce, as they are either very finely minced or even grated. Carrots, celery and onion are the most common.

    Make sure you PIN Rochester Meat Sauce

    Like so many regional dishes, the spice and exact ingredients for hot sauce range from joint to joint. In Rochester, most places that specialize in hot sauce or garbage plates are called “hots” and typically reference the name of the town or street first.

    If we are just talking in general terms, Rochester Hots would be a name. It might actually be for all I know…

    Yes, I know, the WORST name ever for a dish. So what is a Rochester Garbage Plate? 

    A Garbage Plate is a loaded dish of crispy home fries, hot sauce, macaroni salad and cheeseburgers topped with raw onions, condiments and slices of white bread. #garbageplates www.savoryexperiments.com

    It starts with a plate of home fries or french fries, cold macaroni salad and sometimes baked beans. Top that with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fried fish, grilled cheese or even soy burgers. 

    And now that you have a mountain of food, smother with Rochester Hot Sauce, raw onions, ketchup and mustard. There are many more variations, condiments and other toppings. Everyone has their own preference. 

    I’m not going into a ton of details here on why or how to make a Garbage Plate, but you can hop on over to my Garbage Plate recipe to learn more, including how to make your own and how it got this stunning name. There is even a video to show you how to make it (see above!) 

    You’ll also learn more about the history, like how a bunch of college students invented it and where (Nick Tahoes, yes). 

    Rochester Hot Sauce is a ground beef and tomato based sauce used to top Garbage Plates. While it is served hot, it is not traditionally spicy. #hotsauce #garbageplates www.savoryexperiments.com

    Tools for making this meat sauce recipe:

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!

    Dutch Oven– every kitchen should have one! They are heavy. They are expensive. They are worth it! 

    If you liked this recipe, check out these other regional dishes: 

    Rochester Hot Sauce is a ground beef and tomato based sauce used to top Garbage Plates. While it is served hot, it is not traditionally spicy. #hotsauce #garbageplates www.savoryexperiments.com

    Questions you might have about how to make rochester hot sauce: 

    Can I freeze meat sauce? You sure can! In fact, if you like the recipe, I recommend making a double or even triple batch and freezing it. Check out my tips for freezing food.

    Do I have to use ground beef? While the original recipes for meat hot sauce use ground beef, feel free to use any ground meat. Ground chicken, pork, veal or even turkey will all work. You can even use a blend of the ones you prefer. 

    Can I make this sauce ahead of time? My husband would tell you that it actually tastes best when you make it a day ahead of time. 

    How long does it last? Like most prepared foods, if kept at the correct temperatures and packaged in airtight containers, 5-7 days. 

    How long can it sit at room temperature? Some people ask this question because they are setting up a Rochester Garbage Plate bar for tailgating for parties. The CDC recommends no longer than 2 hours, however if you are hosting a shindig, you can also put your sauce in a slow cooker or crockpot on the low or “keep warm” setting. 

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    Rochester Hot Sauce
    Rochester Hot Sauce
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    1 hr 25 mins
     
    Rochester Hot Sauce is a ground beef and tomato based sauce used to top Garbage Plates. While it is served hot, it is not traditionally spicy. 
    Course: Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: garbage plates, rochester hot sauce
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 364 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 2 tablespoons light extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large yellow onion , chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic , minced
    • 2 pounds ground beef , lean
    • 2 tablespoons carrot , finely minced
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 4 ounces tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon cayenne
    • 8 ounces light beer
    Instructions
    1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add onion, sauteing until soft.
    2. Add garlic, cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
    3. Add lean ground beef, breaking apart as it cooks. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until browned.
    4. Add all reminding ingredients, stirring well.
    5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
    6. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Rochester Hot Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 364 Calories from Fat 243
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 27g42%
    Saturated Fat 9g56%
    Cholesterol 80mg27%
    Sodium 676mg29%
    Potassium 530mg15%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 21g42%
    Vitamin A 1410IU28%
    Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
    Calcium 42mg4%
    Iron 3.3mg18%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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