This was a very nice sauce. Spaghetti sauce is always best when it cooks forever, like this. I substituted premade meatballs instead of the meat. I also added some red pepper instead of hot sauce. Oh yes, a minced shallot too.
Instead of ground beef, I used pulled deer meat and Italian sausage. Mince the garlic, dice the onion and lightly sautéd both in olive oil adding a pinch of Emeril's Original Essence. I like fresh mushrooms so added the same in the sauté. Add the sauté to the rest of the ingredients, including a pinch or so of pepper. Warm on "High" then reduce the slow cooker to the lowest setting. Stir occasionally.
Hint: If possible, allow to refridgerate over night and return to the slow cooker to heat the following day.
YUM!!! Better than Mom's! Made lasagna with it and it was a major hit. Mushrooms were a nice addition. One warning: if you have a big crockpot, double the recipe or the sauce may burn. Mine runs hot as it is, but after doubling the recipe, it came out great. No need to tinker much with this. I'm going to try some bell pepper next time just for some variety, but trust me, it doesn't need a thing!