Big Kahuna Dogs

From the moment i ran across this great idea for the Big Kahuna dogs from the menu at Duke’s Gourmet Hot Dogs (sadly, now closed) I knew one thing: I was going to go big on the pineapple and spicy on the BBQ sauce. Sure, there’s some Canadian bacon down in there too, just enough to give you that great hammy (not smoked) flavor, but for me the winner-winner hot dog dinner is the combination of sweet pineapple and spicy BBQ sauce.
Big Kahuna DogsI didn’t throw the pineapple on the grill, which definitely would’ve made them even sweeter. All I had on hand were pineapple chucks, and those would’ve found their way between the grill grates. If you have pineapple slices just toss them on the grill for a few minutes on each side. Then chop them into bite-sized pieces.

Also try my blackjack dogs. I love them too!

Big Kahuna Dogs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Based on a menu item from Duke's Gourmet Hot Dogs

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Pineapple slices
  • Canadian bacon sliced
  • Spicy BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill and cook the hot dogs and warm the buns.
  • Toss the pineapple slices onto the grill and grill a few minutes on each side. Remove and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Assemble dogs by first lining the toasted buns with a few slices of Canadian bacon.
  • Add the hot dog. Top with the pineapple and plenty of spicy BBQ sauce.
  • Serve with plenty of paper towels.

Homemade Canadian Bacon

I was so happy with just how great this homemade Canadian bacon turned out. The flavor is fantastic and the meat is just the right amount of tenderness. Now, I just need to do a better job trimming the pork loin before I start! Despite my lack of butchering skills, I’d make this again and again.Homemade Canadian BaconI loved this. I use it on my copycat Tiny Tim’s subs (creamy Italian dressing, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Swiss, mozzarella, lettuce).

Canadian bacon on pizzas with a little pineapple is another favorite of mine. A slight variation on the traditional Hawaiian pizza.And of course this homemade Canadian bacon would be fantastic in an omelet or frittata.

Also try my homemade tasso.

Homemade Canadian Bacon

Prep Time 3 days 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 days 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup I used Grade A but Grade B is ok also
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Curing Salt #1 see link below if you can't find it locally. DO NOT substitute any other kind of salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 medium cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 4-5 pound boneless pork loin excess fat and silver skin removed
  • Light smoking wood cherry, apple, etc

Instructions

  • Combine 1 quart of water, the salt, syrup, brown sugar, curing salt, bay leaves, garlic and peppercorns in a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve. Boil for 1 minute then remove from heat. Add 3 quarts of cold water.
  • Transfer the cool brine (if it is not cool, refrigerate for 30 minutes or so until it is) to a large sealable container. Add the pork (It should be fully submerged) and seal. Place in refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • Fire up your smoker to cook at 225 F. Add some light wood.
  • Meanwhile, remove the pork from the brine and rinse well.
  • Smoke pork over indirect heat for 2-3 hours until the meat reaches 140 F.
  • Let pork rest for 30 minutes before slicing.

Tiny Tim’s Sub

I recently posted about one of my favorite places to eat back in my college days, Tiny Tim’s Pizza on the square in Fayetteville, Arkansas. My go-to sandwich there is the Tiny Tim’s sub. I’ve been hankering for one ever since I finished the last one, so I decided to make a clone of it. Though it’s not a complicated sandwich, it’s mighty good.Tiny Tim's Sub

There are three things that make this Tiny Tim’s sub my favorite. First, the spicy pepperoni. Second, the delicious Canadian bacon. And last, of course, the Italian dressing. I couldn’t find creamy Italian dressing in my local grocery store, so I ended up making some from this recipe here.

Tiny Tim's Sub

My remake of the classic Tiny Tim's sub.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 Hoagie buns
  • 4 ounces sandwich pepperoni not the small pepperoni used on pizzas
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 5 ounces Canadian bacon finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons Creamy Italian dressing
  • Handful shredded lettuce
  • Chips and dill pickle spears

Instructions

  • Lightly toast the buns under your broiler.
  • Divide the pepperoni between the 3 bun bottoms.
  • Top with one slice of Swiss.
  • Add the Canadian bacon.
  • Slather the top half buns with the dressing.
  • Add the remaining cheese to the top buns.
  • Put under the broiler, open-faced, until lightly browned.
  • Top with lettuce and serve with chips and pickles.