When You’re Hot You’re Hot Meat Sauce

When you’re hot you’re hot is a line many of us remember well. It is one of the chorus lines in the song with the same name. “When You’re Hot, Your’re Hot” by Jerry Reed. It is a very catchy tune that was a chart topper in 1971. The title of this song was an inspiration to this hot, spicy and tantalizing meat sauce.

Meat sauce is very versatile and can be used with and to create many different meals. Being down in the south foods with heat is not unusual. Here in Winona you may even witness folks even add some Louisiana hot sauce or tobasco sauce on top of this hot meat sauce for even more added heat.

The lyrics to the song are listed below if you feel up to singing along with the attached video.

“When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”

By: Jerry Reed

Well me and Homer Jones and Big John Talley
Had a big crap game goin’ back in the alley
And I kept rollin’ them sevens, winnin’ all them pots
My luck was so good I could do no wrong
I jest kept on rollin’ and controllin’ them bones
And finally they jest threw up their hands and said
“When you hot, you hot”
I said “Yeah?”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
Put all the money in and let’s roll ’em again
When you’re hot, you’re hot
(La la la la la la la) (La la la la la)
(La la la la la la la, when you’re hot, you’re hot)

Well, now every time I rolled them dice I’d win
And I was just gettin’ ready to roll ’em again
When I heard somethin’ behind me
I turned around and there was a big old cop
He said “Hello, boys” and then he gave us a grin ‘n’ said
“Look like I’m gonna hafta haul you all in
And keep all that money for evidence”
I said, “Well, son when you hot, you hot”
He said “Yeah”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
You can ‘splain it all down at City Hall
I say, yeah, when you’re hot, you’re hot
You’re hot
(La la la la la la la) (La la la la la)
(La la la la la la la, when you’re hot, you’re hot)

Well, when he took us inta court I couldn’t believe my eyes
The judge was a fishin’ buddy that I recognized
I said “Hey, judge, old buddy, old pal”
“I’ll pay ya that hundred I owe ya if you’ll get me outta this spot”
So he gave my friends a little fine to pay
He turned around and grinned at me and said
“Ninety days, Jerry, when you hot, you hot”
‘N’ I said “Thanks a lot”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
He let my friends go free and throwed the book at me
He said “Well, when you’re hot, you’re hot”

I said, “Well I’ll tell ya one thing judge, old buddy, old pal
If you wasn’t wearin’ that black robe I’d take out in back of this courthouse
And I’d try a little bit of your honor on
You understand that, you hillbilly?
Who gonna collect my welfare?”
(When you’re hot, you’re hot)
“Pay for my Cadillac?
Whadda you mean ‘contempt of court’?”
(When you’re hot, you’re hot)

Now back to the recipe!


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of allspice
  • ½ tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • 1. Crumple ground beef into a medium frying pan and add just enough water to cover.
  • 2. Sprinkle all the spices over the meat mixture.
  • 3. Cook over a medium heat and bring entire mixture to a boil.
  • 4. Once a hard boil occurs reduce the flame to a simmer or low heat
  • 5. Let the meat sauce cook on low for 1 hour.
  • 6. Stir occasionally or if you prefer once every 15 minutes. This will prevent the meat won’t stick to the pan or burn as the meat breaks up further.
  • 7. Once the hot meat sauce is cooked it is ready to eat.
  • 8. Enjoy!


  • Scoop some out into rolls or buns for a hot and spicy sloppy Joe meal.
  • Pour over wide egg noodles for a tangy light meal.
  • Add the meat mixture to a pot of tomato sauce and pour it over pasta for a real zesty taste.
  • Pour in some red kidney beans, black beans or white kidney beans for a hearty but fiery quick chili dish.
  • Sprinkle some shredded cheese over the top for a little extra flavor and body.
  • Red or green peppers or even one small jalapeno can be chopped small and added if this isn’t hot enough already.