Penn State Roaring Lion 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 Penn State Roaring Lion hot dog is one fantastic dog. It has sauerkraut, which is pretty much a requirement on a hot dog in my book. And spicy mustard, another good thing. Then there’s jalapeno relish because well, more kick is more better. Finally, a few crunchy blue tortilla strips thrown in for good measure. If it seems like an usual combination, it’s not. It’s great

Penn State Roaring Lion Hot DogJalapeno relish is a great thing that I only recently discovered. Though it might look a bit like pickled jalapenos, it’s actually not that particularly spicy and it has a sweet side to it too.

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

Penn State Roaring Lion Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Sauerkraut
  • Jalapeno relish
  • Coarse-grained mustard
  • Blue corn tortilla strips

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Warm the kraut, if desired.
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Top with sauerkraut, relish, mustard and tortilla strips.

Wisconsin Badger Cheesy 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 Wisconsin Badger cheesy hot dog packs on the cheese and… Cheetos on a hot dog?! Brilliant! All topped with delicious pepper relish. Crunchy yumminess!
Wisconsin Badger Cheesy Hot DogPutting Cheetos on a hot dog not only makes them even more yummy it makes them even more fun to eat. You can’t go wrong with this Wisconsin Badger cheesy hot dog. All the tastiest things in one bite! For a twist, top these dogs with my caramel crunchy Cheetos!

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

Wisconsin Badger Cheesy Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Provolone cheese
  • Cheetos
  • Cheddar cheese sauce warmed
  • Pepper relish

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Add Pepper jack and provolone cheeses to the buns.
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Add Cheetos, drizzle with the cheese sauce and spoon on some relish.
  • Serve.

Northwestern Wildcat Hot Dog

Indianapolis recently hosted the Big 10 basketball tournament. 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. Purple onion marmalade made the Northwestern Wildcat hot dog an absolute top-notch dog and one we won’t soon forget.
Northwestern Wildcat Hot Dog The marmalade will become a staple in our house, but not just on Northwestern Wildcat hot dogs. I’m sure it’ll be amazing on pork burgers too!

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

Northwestern Wildcat Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Provolone cheese
  • Purple onion marmalade see recipe below
  • Creole mustard

For the purple onion marmalade

  • 1 large red onion sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Add cheese to the buns.
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Add marmalade and mustard and serve.

For the purple onion marmalade

  • Spray a large non-stick skillet with non-stick spray. Heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, separating the rings. Cover and cook 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 8-10 minutes longer, uncovered, until just slightly thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Ohio State Buckeyes 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 Ohio Sate Buckeyes hot dog combines red pepper relish (which is a bit sweet) with white(ish) kraut (for a little kick, and for more kick there’s spicy mustard). Hey, the Buckeyes’ colors are red and white! Now I get it!
Ohio State Buckeyes Hot Dog
Pepper relish is a wonderous thing that I’ve started using more and more. It’s got a bit of a kick to it, but it’s also nice and sweet. It’s not only great on Ohio State Buckeyes hot dogs but also on sandwiches and wraps.

Ohio State Buckeyes Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Sauerkraut
  • Spicy mustard
  • Red pepper relish

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Warm the kraut, if desired. (Note: I sometimes like to mix the mustard in with the kraut. It guarantees that you get both flavors in every bite)
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Top with sauerkraut, mustard and relish.

Michigan Wolverines Blue Cheese Bacon 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 Michigan Wolverines blue cheese bacon hot dog is insanely good. Blue cheese coleslaw is not something I’d made before, but wow, does it ever give these dogs some pop. And of course, what’s a hot dog without mustard? And bacon.
Michigan Wolverines Blue Cheese Bacon Hot DogAll of the Big 10 hot dogs we’ve made have turned out fantastic, but the Michigan Wolverines blue cheese bacon hot dog is certainly one of the best. The slaw would also be great on a pulled pork sandwich.

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

Michigan Wolverines Blue Cheese Bacon Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Blue cheese coleslaw see below
  • Cooked bacon crumbled
  • Golden mustard

For the blue cheese coleslaw

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Top dogs with slaw, bacon and mustard
  • Serve.

For the blue cheese coleslaw

  • Combine the dressing and slaw mix.
  • Fold in the blue cheese crumbles.

 

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Nebraska Cornhusker Hot Dog

Indianapolis recently hosted the the Big 10 basketball tournament. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlighted 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. Corn flavor is packed into every bite of the Nebraska Cornhusker hot dog. Thanks to a tomato corn relish and of course, corny Frito chips. And don’t forget the smooth Provolone cheese.
Nebraska Cornhusker Hot DogI couldn’t find (or make) tomato corn relish, so I substituted corn salsa. A little different than relish, of course, but this Nebraska Cornhusker hot dog was still outstanding. Salsa on hot dogs is a great thing, like adding amped-up ketchup.

Nebraska Cornhusker Hot Dog

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

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Provolone cheese
  • Tomato corn relish I substituted corn salsa
  • Fritos

Instructions

  • Cook or grill the dogs as desired.
  • Toast the buns, if desired (I always do).
  • Add cheese to the buns.
  • Add dogs to buns.
  • Add relish and top with Fritos and serve.

Brutus Hot Dogs

A hot dog doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. I came across the idea for these Brutus hot dogs while looking at the menu for Duke’s Gourmet Dogs which was (now closed) located in Minster, Ohio. Brutus hot dogs pack sweet relish, spicy jalapenos, crunchy onions and good ole ketchup and mustard into every bite.
Brutus Hot DogsOddly, neither Anita or I like sweet relish on hot dogs, but it really, really works on these dogs. The sweetness gets offset by the heat of the jalapenos and the bite of onions. Brutus dogs are actually very, very yummy and really, can you get any easier?

Also try my Cajun hot dogs. Crazy good, crazy easy!

Brutus Hot Dogs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Hot dogs grilled or cooked however you prefer
  • Hot dog buns
  • Sweet relish
  • Diced pickled jalapenos
  • Diced red onion
  • Ketchup
  • Prepared yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Top cooked dogs in buns with the relish, jalapenos, red onion, ketchup and mustard and devour!

Wiz Dogs

I have a habit of copying recipes from restaurants or food trucks I hear about or see on TV. Here lately I’ve been on a major campaign to copy some of the crazy great dogs from Duke’s Gourmet Dogs in Minster, Ohio, which closed recently. Warm chili. Crunchy potato straws (an ingredient I haven’t had in years). And my favorite, ooey gooey cheese sauce. Wiz dogs are crazy good.

Like I’ve said before, if it’s going to be messy to eat, it’s going to taste great and Wiz dogs are definitely messy and great!

Wiz DogsI was tempted to add a few chopped jalapenos to these Wiz dogs. I like some kick to my dogs but I went another route and used spicy cheese sauce instead. Nothing beats cheese on a hot dog. Except for maybe macaroni-and-cheese. Yes, on a hot dog. Try my Charlie Mac dog too.

Wiz 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
  • No-bean chili warmed
  • Potato straws
  • Cheese sauce warmed (I prefer the zesty cheese sauce from La Preferida when not making my own)
  • Sliced pickled jalapenos optional

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill and cook the dogs and warm the buns.
  • Assemble hot dogs by adding weiners to the buns. Top with plenty of chili, potato straws and plenty of cheese sauce.
  • Top with jalapeno slices, if desired.
  • Serve with plenty of paper towels.

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.

Loaded Mexican Hot Dogs

Yes, under all those toppings lies a big ole grilled all-beef dog. My loaded Mexican hot dogs are not for the faint of heart. You pick it up and you don’t set it down until it’s all gone. Every bite is crazy good. Tons of cheese. Fresh avocado. Crunchy red onion, Briny black olives. Sharp green onions. And a great twist: grilled lime squeezed on top for a fresh citrus hit. We loved these dogs.

Loaded Mexican Hot DogsI served these loaded Mexican hot dogs with a side of some just-as-crazy-good bean dip and some warmed tortilla chips. It was the perfect dinner basket!

Also give my Mexican charred corn hot dogs a try!

Loaded Mexican Hot Dogs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 1/4 pound all-beef hot dogs
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 1/3 cup queso fresco shredded
  • 1/3 cup taco cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup Mexican cheese shredded
  • Handful black olives chopped or sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 large ripe avocado chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill and cook the hot dogs. Place the lime wedges on the grill and get them lightly charred.
  • Toast the buns as desired.
  • Place dogs in buns.
  • Combine the three cheeses in a bowl then sprinkle on top of the hot dogs.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the dogs.