Coney Dogs with Lager Bison Meat Sauce Recipe

A Coney dog is a hot dog topped with a savory meat sauce and sometimes other toppings. It is often offered as part of a menu of classic American “diner” dishes and often at Coney Island restaurants. Chef Steven from Sun King Brewery takes this summertime staple and applies a tasty twist by simmering Woodland Farm’s bison with an Indians Lager, creating a delicious melding of flavors for a meat sauce you’ll never forget!


  1. Soak the bison in 1 can of Indians Lager and enough water just to cover. Break up bison until no large clumps remain (It’s weird I know, but needed for the final texture of the coney sauce).
  2. In a saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in a small amount of olive oil until translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add Bison, its liquid and seasonings. Bring to a simmer and cook for 45-50 min or until about 1/3 of the liquid has reduced, and the spices have married. Keep warm and set aside.
  4. Heat hot dogs to your liking.
  5. Top with mustard, onions, cheese (optional, but delicious), and coney sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Credit

Culinary Director Steven Unrue has been a chef in Indiana for the past 13 years. He’s skilled craftsmanship in the culinary arts has allowed him to work at many great Indianapolis restaurants and private dining facilities. Learning and mastering food and beverage pairing has been a huge focus of Steven’s and is what led him to Sun King Brewery & Spirits.

As Culinary Director, Steven is currently building a database of paired recipes for all of Sun King Brewery’s variety of unique beers and handcrafted spirits. He is passionate about teaching other local chefs on how best to pair Sun King beer with their dishes. He aspires to educate not only the Sun King staff but all of Sun King’s fans with the knowledge of food and beer and why each style of beer pairs so well with various dishes.