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.

Carolina Dogs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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.

Mexican Charred Corn Hot Dog

Wow, I just had no idea how much we would both love this Mexican charred corn hot dog. It has such a wonderful combination of tastes, from the bite of the onion, to that great sweetness you get from roasted corn, fantastic citrus lime mayonnaise, all served over a grilled all-beef hot dog. Topped with crumbled Cotija cheese! These dogs were an absolute treat!
Mexican Charred Corn Hot DogMexican charred corn hot dogs are light and refreshing, the perfect dogs for a sunny day. If fresh corn-on-the-cob is no longer available, you can use canned or frozen corn kernels. Pour the kernels out onto a baking sheet and place under the broiler just long enough for them to start to char.

You’ll want to also try my loaded Mexican hot dogs.

Mexican Charred Corn Hot Dog

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ears sweet corn husked
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 all-beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Crumbled Cotija or feta cheeses
  • Chili powder optional

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill.
  • Brush the corn with the oil and place over direct heat. Cook until charred on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, cook the dogs and toast the buns as desired.
  • Cut the kernels from the corn. Place in a bowl and stir in the green onions.
  • Combine the mayonnaise and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Slather hot dog buns with the mayonnaise.
  • Top with the dogs.
  • Add the corn and green onion mixture.
  • Sprinkle with Cotija cheese and chili powder, if using.

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.

Trailer Park Dog

This is my take on the Trailer Park Dog, another great dog from the Dougie Dog food truck from Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been watching the show Eat Street on the Cooking Channel. They recently had an episode where they visited Dougie Dog and after seeing all the great dogs they have, I decided to make my own versions. Of course, if they had a truck here in Indianapolis, I’d be camped outside their door right now.

Trailer Park DogIs there an easier hot dog recipe? Probably, but not a good one. Don’t laugh at the simplicity of these hot dogs. They’re actually quite tasty. You get a crunch from the chips and a nice creamy cheesiness from… well, the cheese.

I was going to serve these trailer park dogs on some fru-fru fancy hot dog rolls I picked up from Taylor’s Bakery, but that just didn’t seem right. Grab yourself a pack of the cheapest buns you can find and enjoy some good dogs.

Also try my Alpine hot dogs.

Trailer Park Dog

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Based on a menu item from Dougie Dog

Ingredients

  • Hot dogs
  • Buns
  • Plain potato chips crumbled
  • Cheese sauce warmed (or American cheese slices. I used nacho cheese sauce)
  • Pickled jalapeno slices optional

Instructions

  • Just cook up the dogs and warm the buns.
  • Top with cheese sauce and crumbled potato chips.
  • Add jalapenos if you like.

Blackjack Hot Dogs

I’m always in the mood for a great hot dog. They make for a great quick lunch. And even though I do occasionally make my dogs ‘traditional’, with just mustard, I really like to jazz them up a bit. Like these still-easy-to-make but fantastic blackjack hot dogs. First, you can’t go wrong with sauteed onion on a dog. It’s the perfect pairing. To offset a bit of that onion sweetness throw in some pepperjack cheese and the crunch of fresh tomato. Finally, top it all off with a kicked up mustard.
Blackjack Hot Dogs I used my favorite mustard, Zatarain’s Creole mustard, which has tremendous flavor. It is a little spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. I keep several squeeze bottles on hand at all times (it lasts darned near forever in the pantry).

Try my just-as-great blue moon dogs too!

Blackjack Hot Dogs

Note: The original recipe called for Creole mayonnaise. If you have it, use it. I substituted Creole mustard.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 all-beef hot dogs
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning divided (I used our homemade version)
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion sliced
  • 2 slices pepperjack cheese
  • 1 plum tomato chopped
  • Creole mustard

Instructions

  • Note: I made these dogs using a griddle on my grill. You can also make them in a skillet (preferably cast iron) on the stove top.
  • Preheat a griddle on the grill or a skillet over high heat.
  • Sprinkle one tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning out on plate. Roll the hot dogs in the seasoning, coating well. Transfer to the griddle or skillet and cook on all sides until nicely darkened. Remove.
  • Toast buns as desired.
  • Toss the onion with the olive oil and remaining Cajun seasoning. Add to griddle or skillet and saute until tender, stirring often. Remove.
  • Top each bun with a slice of cheese. Add a hot dog, half of the onions and half of the tomatoes. Top with mustard and serve.

Cajun Hot Dogs

Do this next time you cook up some hot dogs. Take a few hot dogs and roll them in Cajun seasoning before cooking them on the grill. That’s it. The result? Totally great tasty twists on a regular ole hot dog, Cajun hot dogs. They have a nice little cook that makes your hot dogs different. You don’t want boring hot dogs.

Cajun Hot DogsThese dogs combine great kick with cool pico de gallo. Each bite is fantastic. And the chile mayonnaise? Use it on hamburgers too or to spice up ho-hum sandwiches.

There’s no reason to have boring tasteless dogs. You have to give marinating your hot dogs a try too.

Also try my just-as-great deli dogs.

Cajun Hot Dogs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Hot dog buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mild chile powder or use hot and really get spicy
  • Jalapeno Jack cheese shredded
  • Pico de Gallo

Instructions

  • Sprinkle a bit of Cajun seasoning out on plate. Roll the dogs around in the spices to coat lightly then place on a hot grill and cook until done as desired.
  • Warm the hot dog buns.
  • To make the chile mayonnaise, combine mayonnaise (a tablespoon per hot dog will do) with chile powder as desired. Slather onto hot dog buns.
  • Add cooked hot dogs and top with cheese and pico. Serve.

French Connection Hot Dogs

These French Connection hot dogs have quickly become a favorite in our household. We almost always have everything to make them on hand, so they make for a great quick lunch. We love the crunch from the fried onions, the creamy cheese, and the spicy BBQ sauce. These dogs disappear fast.

French Connection Hot DogsAlthough a sweet or smoky BBQ sauce would work just fine on these dogs, we prefer a spicier version. I used (and used liberally) some Bayou BBQ sauce from Frog Bone. It’s a nice thin sauce with great flavor and a little kick.

The idea for French Connection dogs came from the menu from The Dogfather Truck, a food truck from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Also try my French onion dogs..They’re magnifique!

French Connection Hot Dogs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • American or cheddar cheese slices
  • BBQ sauce
  • French fried onions

Instructions

  • Grill or cook the dogs as you like.
  • Warm buns and top with the cheese slices.
  • Add the dogs, followed by the BBQ sauce and plenty of French fried onions.

Charlie Mac Hot Dog

This is another (fantastic) copycat of a hot dog that you can grab from the Dougie Dog food truck in Vancouver, Canada. Nope, I’ve never been there. But, I saw the Dougie Dog truck on a recent episode of Eat Street on the Cooking Channel and fell in love with their menu. They have some crazy great dogs. Like this Charlie Mac hot dog.

Charlie Mac DogEverything about this dog screams yummy. And I didn’t skimp on the buns, either. I picked up some fresh-baked hot dog buns from my local bakery, Taylor’s Bakery. All I have to do is call the day ahead and place my order. The next morning I’m picking up the most soft and fantastic smelling buns ever.

Ooey gooey cheese belongs on a hot dog. Also give my Wiz dog a try. It’s loaded with cheese.

Charlie Mac Dog

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs or sausages
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • Cooked macaroni and cheese I made a batch of our favorite All-American Mac-and-Cheese
  • Processed cheese sauce warmed (optional)
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, crumbled

Instructions

  • Cook your dogs and warm your buns.
  • Place dogs in buns and top with plenty of the mac-and-cheese.
  • Add cheese sauce if using.
  • Sprinkle with bacon and serve.

Mushroom Swiss Melt Dog

A different day, a different dog! This is another great idea from Dougie Dog from Vancouver, Canada. I’ve never been there, but I caught the truck on an episode of Eat Street and instantly knew that I was going to have to make my take on some of their dogs, like this mushroom Swiss melt dog.

Mushroom Swiss Melt DogYou can’t go wrong with the combination of grilled, woodsy mushrooms, smokey bacon, Swiss and the kick of Dijon mustard. This is a mighty fine dog, easy to make, and definitely different.

I get my hot dog buns from our local bakery, Taylor’s. Their buns blow the store-bought ones away by a country mile. Why make a fru-fru dog and put it on a poo-poo bun? Oh, I might have to trademark that saying…

Also try my New Jersey Italian dogs.

Mushroom Swiss Melt Dog

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Hot dogs
  • Buns
  • Grilled sliced mushrooms
  • Swiss cheese
  • Bacon cooked crumbled
  • Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Grill or cook your dogs.
  • Warm your buns, if desired.
  • Place dogs in buns. Top with mushrooms and cheese. Put under the oven broiler or back onto the grill long enough to melt the cheese.
  • Add crumbled bacon and Dijon and serve.

Derby Dog

I’m borderline addicted to food trucks. Which also means I love watching Eat Street, the show about food trucks that airs on the Cooking Channel. Host James Cunningham travels around North America visiting all of the great trucks. What a dream job that would be.An episode aired the other day on Dougie Doug, a truck in Vancouver. Every hot dog on the menu looked absolutely scrumptious, so I decided to make a few of them here at home. I started with the delicious Derby Dog. Topped with Swiss, grilled mushrooms, onion, jalapeno and BBQ sauce, this is one mighty fine dog.

Derby DogA great dog needs a great bun, so I’ve ditched the grocery store offerings and have been ordering fresh buns from our local bakery, Taylor’s Bakery. The buns are so fantastic. Soft, tasty, with a wonderful bread aroma. They barely cost more than the ones in the store that just can’t even compare at all in quality or flavor.

Also try my seriously-yummy French Connection dogs.

Derby Dog

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs or sausages
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup white or sweet onion chopped
  • Diced pickled jalapeno to taste
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Cook dogs as desired. Since you're going to also grill the mushrooms, might as well grill the dogs too!
  • Warm buns.
  • Grill mushrooms until starting to get tender.
  • Serve dogs on buns. Top with mushrooms and cheese. Place under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Add onion, jalapeno and BBQ sauce.