Garbage Plate Sauce Recipe -
Garbage Plate Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Garbage Plate Sauce

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"Meat sauce with a wonderful blend of spices to pour over your choice of meat, macaroni salad, or home fries. A Rochester, New York original and a must-have. Add diced onions, ketchup, and mustard if desired."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  2. Transfer the cooked beef to a blender and blend until the meat is finely minced. Bring the minced beef, water, vinegar, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, allspice, cloves, cumin, thyme, and cinnamon to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; cook for at least 30 minutes, adding water as needed to keep the mixture moist and gravy-like.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2009

Mrs Jones must be a Rochester, NY native. All the right ingredients, I just like mine with a lot more chili powder and cayenne. Personal thing. I also add a 1/2 cup of beef broth in place of water initially.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 12, 2012

This recipe turned out horrific. I was so looking forward to it but the vinegar was still present even after the full cooking time and then some. Also the cinnamon, allspice and clove mix was just too over powering. I wish I could have some how saved it by doctoring it up but the combination of spices were too strong.

Apr 12, 2010

I'm from Rochester, NY and this is very good hot sauce. I add about a 1/2 cup frank's Red Hot. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 05, 2011

I am from Rochester, and living in New Jersey now, I get cravings for garbage plates!!! This sauce is perfect!!! I am going to make this very regularly and have it on hand constantly! Must eat with mac salad, homefries, cheeseburger or hot dogs!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! My husband also thanks you :)

Sep 16, 2011

Amazing. I forgot the vinegar, but it still tasted awesome. I also added jalapenos

Aug 10, 2010

My husband, a Rochester native, introduced me to the garbage plate sauce. I haven't had a garbage plate yet, but I love this sauce smothered on eggs and Zweigle white hots (another Rochester delicacy) or any hot dog. This recipe looks, smells, and tastes like the original from what I can tell. I suppose I'd have to eat them side by side to know for sure. It's so easy - barely any prep - and freezes well, too! The only thing I did differently is used less water than called for in the recipe. I didn't pour it all in at once, adding 1/2 cup at a time until I reached the consistency I like. It's yummy!

Apr 05, 2011

This was pretty good. All the spices were a bit different with the beef but still good. I have never had a "garbage plate" so I had to google it to see what to make with it. I chose to do home fries, cheeseburgers and macaroni salad. Adding ketchup and mustard were the final touch.

Jan 22, 2012

I just got done making this. I am a Rochester native but also a vegetarian so I've always gotten the grilled cheese garbage plate without the meat hot sauce. I made this for me and my husband with veggie burgers and I used tofu crumbled up for the hot sauce. They came out great! My (non-vegetarian) husband said they tasted just like Nick Tahou's! I didn't have the allspice or thyme but the hot sauce was delicious!! To make it with the tofu I squeezed out the excess water and baked the tofu at 375 for about 25 minutes to get rid of some of the water. Then I simmered the tofu adding a little oil and all the ingredients and then added water until it was the right consistency. You really can't taste the tofu (and what a healthy alternative!). This sauce was really great and the garbage plates hit the spot!


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  • Calories
  • 104 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 9.6 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 183 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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