Now THIS is a hot dog. You’ve got your smoky crispy bacon. There’s sauteed sweet onions and mushrooms. And cheese. Add a grilled all-beef dog (or your hot dog of choice) and you’ve got a Cowboy hot dog you can not only enjoy, but be proud of. You don’t really need any condiments to top off your Cowboy hot dog. Dijon mustard would be great, if you have to. Or BBQ sauce. But really, they’re great just as they are.
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. The 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.
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. The 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.
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! With 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
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! The 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!
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.
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. The Indiana Hooiser 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.
I can’t say I’ve had much red pepper relish in my life. Well, ok, probably never. I think it’s fantastic stuff. It’ll become a staple around here for hot dogs and wraps.
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. The Iowa Hawkeye hot dog is topped with corn salsa, kicked-up pepperjack cheese, and tortilla strips. I couldn’t find corn salsa with enough corn in it to call it ‘corn salsa’. 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! We both love salsa on hot dogs. 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, along with the crunchy tortilla strips.