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.

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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Fire-Eater Dog Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
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
  1. Wrap the hot dogs in the bacon.
  2. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  3. Place bacon-wrapped dogs on the grill over indirect heat.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, rotating often, until the bacon is cooked and starting to crisp.
  5. Remove and let cool slightly to let the bacon finish crisping.
  6. Serve on buns and drizzle with Fire-Eater dog sauce.
For the Fire-Eater dog sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a simmer.
  3. 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.

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Nacho Hot Dogs
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Cuisine: American
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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
  1. Cook dogs and toast buns as desired.
  2. Place dogs on buns.
  3. Top with chili and cheese sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed chips and jalapenos.
  5. 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!

German Cowboy Dog
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Serves: 4 servings
 
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Instructions
  1. Cook dogs as desired.
  2. Toast buns.
  3. Add dogs to buns. Top with the warmed beans and kraut.
  4. 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.

University Toppings
Iowa Hawkeyes Corn salsa, white and blue corn tortilla chips, pepperjack cheese
Indiana Hoosiers Coleslaw, red pepper relish, fried onions
Purdue Boilermakers Smoky black bean salsa, shredded cheddar, golden mustard
Illinois Fighting Illini Shredded cheddar, Dijon, fried blue tortilla strips
Michigan State Spartans Jalapeno relish, shredded pepper jack, spicy mustard
Minnesota Gophers Chili, cheese sauce, white onion, Fritos
Penn State Roaring Lions Sauerkraut, jalapeno relish, coarse-grained mustard, blue tortilla strips
Wisconsin Badgers Pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos, cheddar cheese sauce, pepper relish
Northwestern Wildcats Provolone, purple onion marmalade, Creole mustard
Michigan Wolverines Blue cheese coleslaw, bacon, Golden mustard

Indiana Hoosier Hot Dog

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.

Indiana Hoosier Hot DogI 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.

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Indiana Hoosier Hot Dog
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Coleslaw
  • Red pepper relish
  • Fried onions
Instructions
  1. Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  2. Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  3. Add dogs to buns.
  4. Add slaw, relish and fried onions and serve.

Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

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!
Iowa Hawkeye Hot DogWe 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.

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Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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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
  1. Grill or cook the the dogs as desired.
  2. Toast your buns if you like (I always do).
  3. Place dogs on buns and top with plenty of salsa.
  4. Top with plenty of cheese. If you want your cheese melted place under the broiler for a minute.
  5. Add tortilla strips and serve.

Purdue Boilermaker Hot Dog

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 Purdue Boilermaker dog is topped with fantastic smoky black bean salsa, melted cheddar, and mustard. We were both really pleasantly surprised as to how great the mustard and salsa went together.
Purdue Boilermaker Hot DogThe Purdue Boilermaker hot dog was a big hit and very easy to make. A real crowd-pleaser!

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Purdue Boilermaker Hot Dog
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Smokey black bean salsa (if you can't find any, mix a few drops of liquid smoke with black bean salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Golden mustard
Instructions
  1. Grill or cook the the dogs as desired.
  2. Toast your buns if you like (I always do).
  3. Place dogs on buns and top with plenty of salsa.
  4. Top with plenty of cheese. If you want your cheese melted place under the broiler for a minute.
  5. Add mustard and serve.

Illinois Fighting Illini Cheddar Hot Dog

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 Illinois Fighting Illini dog is topped with all things great, from melted cheese to crispy tortilla strips to Dijon mustard.

Illinois Fighting Illini Cheddar Hot DogEasy to make and great tasting, the Fighting Illini dog was a winner!

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Fighting Illini Cheddar Hot Dog
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fried blue tortilla strips
Instructions
  1. Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  2. Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  3. Add dogs to buns.
  4. Top with cheese. Put under the broiler for a minute if you want your cheese melted.
  5. Squeeze on some mustard and top with tortilla strips.