Recipe By trishwa77
Published Apr 4th
Prep 10m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 4 servings Calories 104.4

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 104.4
  • Carbohydrate 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol 34.3 mg
  • Fat 6.8 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 9.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.6 g
  • Sodium 182.7 mg
  • Sugar 0.1 g


  1. 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 - Read more ...
  2. 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 - Read more ...
  3. Amazing. I forgot the vinegar but it still tasted awesome. I also added jalapenos
  4. 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 - Read more ...
  5. 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 - Read more ...
  6. This was so good! Being from Rochester, I was skeptical, but I wanted to give it a try. Yummy! It tastes better at Vic & Irv's and NT only because I don't have to make it myself or do the dishes!
  7. 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.
  8. I am a Rochester born native that is living in Ohio. I met my boyfriend at a party at RIT and we have been dying for a garbage plate since we have moved to Ohio (he's originally from Cleveland). We've tried other imitations but this recipe is by far the best. Thank you so much!!
  9. 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.