Cowboy Hot Dogs

Now THESE are hot dogs. You’ve got your smoky crispy bacon. There’s sauteed sweet onions and mushrooms. And cheese. Add grilled all-beef dogs (or your hot dog of choice) and you’ve got Cowboy hot dogs you can not only enjoy, but be proud of. This right here is why I love making hot dogs. They’re a blank canvas for great flavors and textures.
Cowboy Hot DogsYou don’t really need any condiments to top off your Cowboy hot dogs. Dijon mustard would be great, if you have to. Or BBQ sauce. But really, they’re great just as they are.

My German cowboy hots dogs aren’t anything to sneeze at either!

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Cowboy Hot Dogs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 2 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 6 slices bacon cooked, crumbled or chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in two medium skillets over medium-high heat. Add the butter and melt.
  • Add the onion to one skillet. Stir and saute until softened and golden in color.
  • Meanwhile, add the mushrooms to the other skillet. Stir and saute until the mushrooms are softened.
  • Remove onions and mushrooms from heat.
  • Cook your hot dogs as desired. Toast the buns if desired.
  • Place dogs in buns. Top with onion, mushrooms, cheese and crumbled bacon.

Carolina Dogs

I love putting coleslaw on my pulled pork sandwiches, so why not take that same idea and completely amp-up a hot dog? A grilled all-beef dog. Tender moist smoked pulled pork. Tangy Carolina coleslaw. These Carolina dogs were a big hit in our house.
Carolina DogsThe idea for these Carolina dogs came from watching the show Eat Street, where the host does what I want to do every day: eat from food trucks. In this case, it was the Evil Weiner truck in Austin, Texas, that caught my eye. What a fantastic hot dog menu!

Don’t use a creamy slaw on these dogs. You want that vinegar hit from a good ole Carolina slaw. It’s easy to make or just pick up some pre-made slaw at the grocery store. Same goes for the pulled pork. I found some pulled pork in the freezer leftover from a recent smoke session, but if you don’t have any on hand, grab some from your local BBQ joint. They’d love to sell you a pound or two.

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Carolina Dogs

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Pulled pork BBQ
  • Your favorite Carolina-style BBQ sauce I prefer Lillie's Q
  • Carolina slaw

Instructions

  • Cook the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired.
  • Warm the pulled pork in a saucepan. Add just enough of the BBQ sauce to get the meat moist, but don't over-sauce it.
  • Serve hot dogs on buns topped with warmed BBQ pork and plenty of cold slaw.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog Sauce

How do you make a great hot dog better? Yes, you wrap it in bacon. Crispy, yummy bacon. But you’re not done yet. Then you add a good helping of a thick, sweet-heat sauce that makes mustard and ketchup boring. These bacon-wrapped hot dogs with Fire-Eater dog sauce are a great way to change up your everyday dogs. You can add more of your favorite toppings if you like, but don’t bury that great bacon flavor.
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog SauceThe Fire-Eater dog sauce is also perfect on hamburgers and fries, so make an extra big batch and keep it on hand in the fridge. To make a great smoky version use a hickory BBQ sauce. For an even spicier version use a hot BBQ sauce and add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce.

Also try my Banh Mi hot dogs.

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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For the hot dogs

  • 6 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 slices thin-sliced bacon
  • 6 hot dog buns

For the Fire-Eater dog sauce

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Fire-Eater rub or your favorite spicy seasoning to taste (I used 2 tablespoons)

Instructions

For the hot dogs

  • Wrap the hot dogs in the bacon.
  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Place bacon-wrapped dogs on the grill over indirect heat.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, rotating often, until the bacon is cooked and starting to crisp.
  • Remove and let cool slightly to let the bacon finish crisping.
  • Serve on buns and drizzle with Fire-Eater dog sauce.

For the Fire-Eater dog sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until thickened.

Nacho Hot Dogs

This is exactly what little hot dogs hope they’ll grow up to be. Smothered in chili. Covered in cheese sauce. Sprinkled with crumbled Nacho tortilla chips and jalapenos. And of course, some nice cool sour cream. These nacho hot dogs are the stuff dreams are made of!
Nacho Hot Dogs Version 2.0With every bite you get crunch, heat, cool and cheese! Perfect! And of course you can kick your Nacho hot dogs up even more by using a really spicy chili. I use the zesty cheese sauce from La Preferida for this and other dogs that call for cheese. It’s smooth and creamy and has a little bit of a spiciness to it. Also try my other variation on nacho hot dogs. Same concept, different toppings

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Nacho Hot Dogs

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Bean chili warmed
  • Nacho cheese sauce warmed
  • Nacho tortilla chips lightly crushed
  • Diced pickled jalapenos I prefer fire-roasted jalapenos
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  • Cook dogs and toast buns as desired.
  • Place dogs on buns.
  • Top with chili and cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle with crushed chips and jalapenos.
  • Add sour cream, a bit more of the crumbled chips, and serve.

German Cowboy Dog

Bourbon baked beans, kraut and spicy mustard on a dog? Insanely good! Bourbon baked beans take your standard great dog and make it just fantastic. A little sweetness, then the crunch of the kraut, and the spicy kick from the mustard. Everything great in every bite. I coulld’ve eaten more of these German Cowboys dogs than I’ll ever admit online. Or admit even in person for that matter!
German Cowboy DogThe German Cowboy dog is another great menu item I ran across from Duke’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. They have the most fantastic hot dog menu I’ve ever come across. Every single one makes you drool!

Try my American cowboy dogs too. Giddy up!

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German Cowboy Dog

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook dogs as desired.
  • Toast buns.
  • Add dogs to buns. Top with the warmed beans and kraut.
  • Add mustard and devour.

Hot Dogs of the Big 10 Conference

A few years ago the Big 10 basketball tournament was held here in Indianapolis. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them.

Indiana Hoosier Dog
Iowa Hawkeye Dog
Purdue Boilermaker Dog
Illinois Fighting Illini Chedder Dog
Michigan State Spicy Spartan Dog
Minnesota Gopher Dog
Penn State Roaring Lion Dog
Northwestern Wildcat Dog
Ohio State Buckeye’s Dog
Michigan Wolverines Blue Cheese Bacon Dog
Nebraska Cornhusker Dog

Indiana Hoosier Hot Dog

The Big 10 basketball tournament was in Indianapolis just a few years ago. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them. The Indiana Hoosier hot dog was one of our favorites of all the dogs.

We were both pleasantly surprised at how well slaw and relish go together. And the crunchy fried onions sealed the deal. These are fantastic dogs, ones we’ll make again and again.

Indiana Hoosier Hot DogI haven’t had much red pepper relish in my life. Well, ok, I probably never had it. I think it’s fantastic stuff. It’ll become a staple around here for hot dogs like this Indiana Hoosier hot dog and our wraps.

For a full list of all of the Big 10 team hot dogs, click here and enjoy!

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Indiana Hoosier Hot Dog

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Coleslaw
  • Red pepper relish
  • Fried onions

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Add slaw, relish and fried onions and serve.

Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

The Big 10 basketball tournament was here in Indianapolis a few years ago. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them, like the Iowa Hawkeye hot dog. Topped with corn salsa, kicked-up pepperjack cheese, and tortilla strips, it’s one heck of a hot dog! I couldn’t find corn salsa with enough corn in it so I roasted an ear of corn on the grill while I was cooking the hot dogs. I cut off the kernels and added them to the salsa. Perfect!
Iowa Hawkeye Hot DogI love salsa on a hot dog and not just on a Iowa Hawkeye hot dog. It’s like adding grownup ketchup, but no one will judge you. The pop of the corn kernels in the salsa is a really nice unexpected texture. So are the crunchy tortilla strips.

For a full list of all of the Big 10 team hot dogs, click here and enjoy!

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Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Corn salsa If you can't find it just add a few corn kernels to regular salsa
  • Blue and white corn tortilla strips
  • Shredded pepperjack cheese

Instructions

  • Grill or cook the the dogs as desired.
  • Toast your buns if you like (I always do).
  • Place dogs on buns and top with plenty of salsa.
  • Top with plenty of cheese. If you want your cheese melted place under the broiler for a minute.
  • Add tortilla strips and serve.