Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs

What fun these smoked spiral hot dogs were to make and devour! I’ve made spiral dogs before, but this technique is much better than my old way. The key is inserting a skewer thru the dogs to keep them together after slicing. And of course, the skewer keeps you from slicing in too far. I smoked my spiral dogs, but you could just as easily grill them.
Anita and I recently ran across The Mustard Man at an event at the Jungle Jim’s market in Fairfield, OH. After sampling each of mustard I instantly picked up a bottle of each one. They are truly fantastic. I squeezed a bit of the Simple Pepper and Simply Maple on each of our spiral dogs. The mustard runs down into the spirals, filling each bite with mustardy goodness. We cannot recommend The Mustard Man’s mustard enough!

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Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • Large hot dogs
  • Wooden or bamboo skewers
  • Your favorite rub or seasoning (I used my Fire-Eater seasoning)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your smoker for 225 F. You can also make these hot dogs on a grill
  2. Carefully guide the skewer through the center of the hot dogs. If you get the skewer crooked at it pokes out of the side of the dog just pull it back and try again. I found that laying the hot dogs down on a flat surface and sliding the skewer in from the side, parallel to the counter top, worked best.
  3. Lay the skewered dog down onto a cutting board or flat surface.
  4. Holding a knife at a 45 degree angle, starting at one end of the dog, cut into the dog down to the skewer. Start rolling the hot dog, keeping the knife inserted into the hot dog, making cuts that are about 1/2" apart. Continue rolling and cutting until you reach the other end of the hot dog.
  5. Gently pull the dog apart, separating the cuts. Be careful, you don't want to break it.
  6. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.
  7. Place dogs onto the smoker and smoke for 2 hours. If grilling grill until done as desired.
  8. Serve hot.


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.

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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

Steakhouse Hot Dogs

I’ve put onions on a hot dog before, sure. And I’ve even put steak sauce on a hot dog before. Why did it never occur to me until now to add tomatoes? Well, by golly, as simple as they are, these steakhouse burgers are downright delicious! Perfect for a picnic or family get-together. Not boring. Different. And really good. That great all-beef dog taste with steak sauce is awesome as is, but add the crunch of some onions and the cool tomato slices, and you’ve got a darned good dog. Grab two, and some chips.
Steakhouse Hot DogsIt’s possible that I might have slipped a few drops of hot sauce into the steak sauce. All I’m saying is that it’s possible. Use your own discretion on that one.

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Steakhouse Hot Dogs
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 all-beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1/4 white onion sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup steak sauce
Instructions
  1. Grill or cook hot dogs as desired.
  2. Place dogs on buns.
  3. Add tomatoes and onions.
  4. Drizzle with steak sauce and serve.

Jumbo Dogs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I love cooking on my Char-Broil Big Easy. So much that I even put together a free eCookbook containing some of my favorite Big Easy recipes. Like most people, I bought my Big Easy for cooking turkey at Thanksgiving. I quickly realized that I can cook just about anything in it. Even jumbo hot dogs! Yep! Jumbo hot dogs are crazy easy, and crazy good. The dogs get a great crispy crunchy casing that just pops in your mouth. The meat is tasty, moist and perfect!
Jumbo Dogs on the Char-Broil Big EasyDon’t be shy with your Big Easy. Add some sweet onions and peppers along with the jumbo dogs and let them roast along with the dogs. Chop and add them to buns to make a great dog even better.

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Jumbo Dogs on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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For best results, use the Char-Broil Kabob insert for the Big Easy.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the dogs into a baggie or resealable container.
  2. Add the marinade and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Fire up the Char-Broil Big Easy.
  4. Place dogs onto kabobs and lower into the cooker.
  5. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the dogs are nice and toasty hot!

Hot Dog Tomato Salad

What? Hot dogs in a fresh tomato salad? Well, that’s how my mom got me to eat tomatoes when I was a kid. I didn’t really like tomatoes then, but I was more than happy to sit down with a bowl of this hot dog tomato salad.

The key for me was to eat everything BUT the hot dogs first. This left the best part, hot dogs sitting in a great vinegary and oniony dressing. The dogs would soak up a bit of the vinegar and taste unlike any hot dog I’d ever had. Add strangely enough, I would drink up the remaining dressing. Odd, huh?
Hot Dog Tomato SaladAs much as it might sound a little odd, this is a great salad. You can leave out the hot dogs if you like, but I highly recommend adding them.

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Hot Dog Tomato Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 7 tomatoes, sliced as you desire
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (plus more) distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Hot dogs, sliced (optional)
  • Kosher alt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Add more vinegar if you like.

 

Islander Hot Dogs

These Islander hot dogs are another example of a great dog that doesn’t take a lot of work to put together. Think hot dog. Think salad. Put them together. That’s it! Anita proclaimed these one of the best dogs I’ve ever made, even though they are definitely one of the easiest. There’s a great contrast between the grilled beefy dogs, crispy cold lettuce, tomato, and pickle, and tartness from the salad dressing.

You could add more of your favorite salad toppings, like crumbled cooked bacon. Or chopped onions. Or even croutons!

Islander Hot Dogs
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Islander Hot Dogs
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • 2 all-beef hot dogs
  • 1/4 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, seeded, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Toast buns as desired.
  2. Cook the dogs (I prefer to grill mine).
  3. Place the dogs in the buns. Top with lettuce, tomato and pickles.
  4. Drizzle with the salad dressing and serve.

Pizza Hot Dogs

Yes! Give me a pizza hot dog any day and I’m a happy guy! Great sauce and ooey-gooey cheese with a little basil. What is there not to like?

Pizza Hot DogsI make a big batch of marinara sauce in our slow cooker and keep some on hand in the freezer for easy meals like this one. Just warm the sauce a bit and spoon it over a cooked dog.

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Pizza Hot Dogs
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Ingredients
  • 2 beef hot dogs (or substitute halved Italian sausages for even more pizza flavor)
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce (I used our slow cooker sauce)
  • 4 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of fresh basil chopped (or substitute a bit of dried)
Instructions
  1. Cook dogs and warm buns as desired.
  2. Place dogs on buns and top with sauce and cheese.
  3. Place under broiler just long enough to start melting the cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Nacho Hot Dogs

My addiction to hot dogs is not a secret. I’ve made them hundreds (it seems) of different ways, from traditional to definitely-not-traditional. A dog and a bun make a great canvas for flavors (I bet no one has ever said that before). Like these nacho hot dogs. They’re really great. I really like the contrast between the beefy dog flavor and the coolness of the guacamole and sour cream, along with the crunchiness of the chips.

These nacho hot dogs have some of my favorite nacho toppings on them (you can add whatever, of course).

Nacho Hot DogsI could see adding refried beans. Or black olives. Jalapenos. Chopped tomatoes. Green chiles. You name 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, warmed if desired
  • Tortilla chips, crumbled
  • Salsa (I used Newman's Black Bean and Corn Salsa)
  • Mexican shredded cheese
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Mexican crema (or sour cream)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Grill (or cook) your dogs as desired.
  2. Place dogs in buns. Top with remaining ingredients plus anything else you can find.
  3. Enjoy!