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.

Smoked Potato Chips

I had my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker set up for a cold smoke the other day, making a batch of smoked cheeses. Since I already had everything in place, I decided to throw on a bag of cheap, plain potato chips. In a short time I had a batch of fantastic tasting smoked potato chips! How easy is that?!
Smoked Potato ChipsCold smoking can be a tricky endeavor. The key is to not get above 90 F. Though chips aren’t as picky as cheeses, which of course can melt if you get your temperatures too high, you still don’t want to cook them over high heat or get too much smoke on them.

My cold smoke setup is easy: 4 lit charcoal briquettes topped with a piece of apple wood. Once the wood starts to smoke I put on the chips or cheeses or whatever I am cold smoking. I monitor the temperature in the smoker, making any damper adjustments needed to maintain 90 F. It’s easier to do on a cloudy, cool day. I taste as I go, until I get the amount of smoky flavor I want.

Cold Smoke SetupServe up even more smoky goodness by making some smoked onion dip.

Smoked Potato Chips

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

For cold smoking

  • 4 lit charcoal briquettes
  • 1 small chunk apple wood

For the smoked potato chips

  • 1 bag plain potato chips

Instructions

For cold smoking

  • Place the 4 lit briquettes in the bottom of your smoker.
  • Add the wood chunk.
  • Once the wood is smoking, you can add the potato chips.

For the smoked potato chips

  • Place the chips in an aluminum pan over a cold smoke setup at 90 F.
  • Smoke 20-30 minutes, gently tossing once or twice, until the desired smoke taste is achieved.

Great Lakes Potato Chips

“Welcome to chip nirvana.” That’s what it says on the Great Lakes Potato Chips company website. And they’re right.

Great Lakes Potato ChipsI was lucky enough to have a friend pick up a few bags of these chips from Michigan. After reading some reviews of them I couldn’t wait to try them.

Great Lakes Potato ChipsThese chips are kettle cooked to crispy perfection, with no oily feel. They have the skins still on (I love that!) and are very thin,  but they actually hold up to even the thickest dip. I was surprised. I figured they’d break and die a horrid crumbly death in a bowl of my thick onion dip, but no. They took it like champs.

I really wish I could get these chips in central Indiana. I’d back up the truck on them for sure. They are the perfect party chip. Great flavor, great texture, great crunch, not overly salty and definitely not oily.

I score them highly on the ‘Mater Rater. Also check out my review of the crazy-good Route 11 chips.

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Route 11 Potato Chips

I’m not sure how I ever discovered Route 11 potato chips. I think maybe it was on the Food Network. Or maybe someone mentioned them on a food-related discussion forum. Well, no matter how, the good thing is I did because these chips are insanely good.

I recently re-ordered a case of my 3 favorite Route 11 flavors: Sour Cream and Chive, Mama Zuma’s Revenge, and Chesapeake Crab.

Route 11 Potato ChipsAll of Route 11’s chips are super crunchy and tasty, with no oily feel. A bag won’t last you long no matter how hard you try to stop eating them. And look at that pretty chip color!

Route 11 Potato ChipsIf you like sour cream chips, the sour cream and chive flavored variety will quickly become your favorite. There’s no questioning that you’re eating sour cream and chive. The flavor is there, big time, and you don’t have to go searching for it in the crumbs at the bottom of the bag. In fact, there aren’t really much crumbs from these chips. They hold up to shipping or just bouncing around in a grocery bag in your trunk.

Route 11 Potato ChipsIf you like a really, really hot potato chip, Mama Zuma’s Revenge is the chip for you. I have to say that these are some of, if not the, hottest chips I’ve ever had. It’s a good, flavorful heat, not a mouth-scalding burn. Great with a grilled burger and a beer (or two)!

Route 11 Potato ChipsSo, you’re thinking… really? Crab boil-flavored chips? Wouldn’t that be like biting into a bag of crab boil? Well, no. Although I don’t think that biting into a bag of crab boil would necessarily be a bad thing, it would be rather strong. These chips aren’t like that. They have a subtle crab boil flavor, and they still have that fantastic Route 11 crunch and thickness and lack of greasiness. Another great chip!

Route 11 rules the chip world on our ‘Mater Rater. Also check out my review of North Fork’s Kettle Chips.

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Tim’s Cascade Style Chips – Cheddar and Sour Cream

I’m a big fan of Tim’s Cascade Style chips. They’re thick, crunchy, and full of great potato taste. I ordered a sampler box and dug in. This time, I’m having the cheddar and sour cream flavored chips.

Tim's Cascade Style Chips - Cheddar and Sour CreamThese chips held up well to shipping. There were very few broken ones. The flavoring is great and smooth, and I found no “naked” chips in the bag. I did think they needed just a tad more flavor, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from buying them again, that’s for sure. Everything about these chips is good. I wish they made them here because I’d be all over them every day!

On the ‘Mater Rater I give these chips a well-deserved high score. I’ve tried many of Tim’s chips: sea salt, dill pickle, jalapeno, Johnny’s seasoned, and mesquite barbecue.

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Tim’s Cascade Style Chips – Johnny’s Seasoned

I never thought about a potato chip flavored with seasoning salt. You use seasoned salt on all sorts of things, including potatoes, so why not? And boy, are these good!

Tim's Cascade Style Chips - Johnny's SeasonedStarting with a great chip helps, too. Like the other Tim’s Cascade Style chips I’ve tried, they are thick and crunchy and potatoey (now a word). And flavored consistently so you don’t grab a “naked”, unflavored chip.

I was really, really happy with these. It’s an idea that never occurred to me, and the end result is a great seasoned chip with a little saltiness. I’ve tried many of Tim’s chips: sea salt, cheddar and sour cream, dill pickle, jalapeno, and mesquite barbecue.

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Tim’s Cascade Style Chips – Mesquite Barbecue

I’ve been really happy with the sampler box of Tim’s Cascade Style chips that I ordered. The first flavor I tried, sour cream and onion, was delicious. The chips are thick, crunchy, and tasty. The flavors are consistent and edgy.

Tim's Cascade Style Chips - Mesquite BarbecueThe mesquite barbecue-flavored ones are no exception. Great potato flavor. Different than any other BBQ flavored chip I’ve tried. They taste like real BBQ. I can’t add anything more because these are everything I would want in a BBQ chip. The End.

I’ve tried many of Tim’s chips: sea salt, cheddar and sour cream, dill pickle, jalapeno, and Johnny’s seasoned.

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Tim’s Cascade Style Chips – Sour Cream and Onion

Oh boy, I did it again! I found another chip that I absolutely LOVE! This time, it’s Tim’s Cascade Style chip, available all over the western US, but not here in Indiana. So, I got online and ordered a sampler box. My first chip to try was sour cream and onion.

Tim's Cascade Style Chips - Sour Cream and OnionTim’s Cascade Style chips are nice and thick and crunchy. And really flavored well. I didn’t find any naked (unseasoned) chips in the bag. These are great chips.

Not all of what Tim offers are Cascade Style. They also sell Hawaiian Kettle chips and natural chips, among others. I have to say I’m partial to these only because they are really thick and crunchy, and have great potato taste. Outstandingly good!

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“Dirty” Potato Chips – Funky Fusion

I’m not sure how to describe this flavor of “Dirty” chips. They’re kind of sweet. No, they’re kind of smoky. Or maybe it’s a hint of vinegar. I don’t know! They’re unlike any flavor of chip I’ve ever had, that much I do know.

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"Dirty" Potato Chips - Funky FusionSo did I like them? You bet. They’re unique, tasty, and they have that great “Dirty” crunch and fantastic potato flavor. For me, I’d like some more “kick”, but that’s being pretty picky.

On the Life’s A Tomato ‘Mater Rater scale, I gave these chips:

Texture: Outstanding crunch. Not oily.
Flavor: Great potato flavor with a unique funky (in a good way) taste. I could use a little more “kick”.
Quality: Great. The chips were evenly seasoned.
Appeal: A hefty, thick, crunchy chip that held up to shipping. Cool bag design.

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I loved all of the Dirty Potato chips that I bought and devoured: Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt, Jalapeno Heat, Maui Onion, Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Sea Salted, Sour Cream and Onion, and Sun-Dried Tomato.

“Dirty” Potato Chips – Sea Salted

I’ve become a really big fan of “Dirty” chips. The flavors are great. The chips themselves are great – great potato flavor and crunch without any oiliness.

"Dirty" Potato Chips - Sea SaltedThese sea salted chips are no exception. They are fairly lightly salted, so you’ll really taste the potato. If you’re looking for a “clean” real potato chip where the flavoring doesn’t hide the chip, these are the ones for you.

On the Life’s A Tomato ‘Mater Rater scale, I gave these chips:

Texture: Outstanding crunch. Not oily.
Flavor: Great potato flavor with a light hint of sea salt.
Quality: Great. The chips were evenly seasoned.
Appeal: A hefty, thick, crunchy chip that held up to shipping. Cool bag design.

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I loved all of the Dirty Potato chips that I bought and devoured: Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt, Funky Fusion, Jalapeno Heat, Maui Onion, Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Sour Cream and Onion, and Sun-Dried Tomato.