6 Hot Dogs To Make at Your Next Cookout

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Is there anything more iconic than a traditional hot dog? The hot dog is an American classic, served at almost every picnic, baseball event, and gas station.

It’s easy to prepare and inexpensive! Perhaps this is why we adore them so much. Or is it the hot dog’s blank canvas for unlimited toppings? Hot dogs are here to stay, for whatever reason.

Make sure to read all the way to the end for some advice on the best sorts of dog and bun to utilize to up your hot dog game.

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I’d like to show you six different types of hot dogs, ranging from the basic American to the Chicago and the Sonoran from Arizona.

1. The American hot dog

Let’s start with a traditional American. It’s most people’s go-to, the one we’ve grown up with, and chances are you already have all the condiments in your fridge.

First, grill your hot dog until it is completely cooked through. Place the dog on the bun and cover with ketchup, mustard, and the optional relish.

  • Prep Time: none
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 8 minutes

2. The New York hot dog 

Food sellers on numerous street corners sell New York hot dogs, which are frequently boiled rather than grilled. It’s usually cooked with an onion sauce and ketchup, then topped with spicy mustard. Sauerkraut is also optional.

To begin, heat some oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for a few minutes, or until the onion is softened. Add a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, and a teaspoon of salt to taste. Stir often until the onions are totally soft.

Place the dog on the bread and top with the onions and spicy mustard.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes(onion sauce)
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 23 minutes

3. The Chicago hot dog 

The Chicago style dog, which originated in Chicago, is laden with toppings and is served at many baseball games. We chose to grill this dog instead of boiling it to add some flavor.

After you’ve stuffed the poppy seed bun with the hot dog, layer on the toppings in the following order: mustard, relish, onion, tomato, pickle, sport peppers, and celery salt. Tuck in the tomato wedges on one side and the pickle spear on the other.

Add ketchup under no circumstances unless you want to cause a brawl!

  • Prep Time: none
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 8 minutes

4. The Sonoran hot dog

This is a more common dish in the southwest. Some believe it originated in Sonora, Mexico, while others claim it originated in Tucson, Arizona. This Tex Mex Style dog comes in a few varieties, but here’s the thing.

Grill your hot dog wrapped with bacon. It’s OK if you need to secure the bacon with toothpicks. Simply remove before serving.

Next, spread refried beans on the interior of the bun and insert the dog. Toppings should include sliced red onion, avocado, tomato, pickled jalapeos, zesty mayo, and cilantro.

You may create the zesty mayo using a cup of mayo, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce, and the juice of 1 lime.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (to make Zesty mayo)
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 13 minutes

5. The Chili Cheese dog

Nobody knows exactly where this hot dog came from. If you Google it, you’ll find results from Coney Island in New York to Los Angeles in California, and even Germany.

It’s everywhere around the nation, from gas stations to athletic events and everything in between.

It’s a grilled hot dog with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced white onion on top.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (to heat up canned chili)
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 13 minutes

6. The Smoked BBQ dog

If you’ve read this far, here’s a bonus puppy! This is the smoked bbq dog, which is our trademark dog.

We season the hot dog with bbq rub first, then smoke it for roughly an hour at 225F. If the hot dog begins to split too much, just remove it from the smoker.

For the ultimate barbecue lovers hotdog, top the dog with chopped warmed brisket, bbq sauce, pickled onions, and jalapeos after placing it on the bun.

Let us know what you think of this one!

  • Time to prepare: 5 minutes (to cut and heat brisket in a pan)
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 13 minutes

Choosing the right type of hot dogs and buns 

When it comes to hot dogs and buns, there are several possibilities. You’ll have to experiment with various combinations, but I’ll share my favorites.

What meat makes the best hot dog

There are many various types of dogs available at the grocery store, including beef, pig, turkey, and chicken.

Beef hot dogs are the most popular and my personal favorite. They come in both kosher and franks varieties. Franks are extensively seasoned, while kosher is often heavily garlic-seasoned.

Pork is another popular sort of meat used in traditional hot dogs. flesh recovery technology is used to remove the flesh from the bones of these hot dogs. A machine separates the edible components from the inedible parts without breaking the bones non this procedure.

Chicken is a less frequent choice, but it is a wonderful way to cut calories and fat. They are dense while yet having a high protein content, making them a tasty choice.

If you want to make your own smoked hot dogs, try our recipe; it’s a labor of love, but it’s well worth the effort.

Hot dog buns

There are many different types of buns to pick from. Kaiser roll, pizza bread, pretzel roll, poppyseed, and the basic steamed white bun are a few examples.

Feel free to experiment with various hotdog meats and recipes. Creating your own unique combo that you and your visitors will like is truly where the fun lies.

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How to cook 6 hot dogs?

Fill a large saucepan halfway with water, enough to cover the hot dogs (approximately 1 cup each hot dog). Bring a pot of water to a boil. Using tongs, add the hot dogs one at a time. Reduce the heat to low and let the hot dogs simmer for 3 to 6 minutes (the longer they simmer, the crispier they will be).

What to serve with hot dogs at a cookout?

Here are our favorite easy sides to serve with hot dogs, ranging from basic coleslaw to delicious grilled corn on the cob.
Grilled corn with calamansi mayo.
Coleslaw with a smoky flavor.
Salad with Pasta, Grilled Vegetables, Parsley, and Feta.
Traditional potato salad.
Baked Beans by Gina Mae.
Veggie Chips from scratch.

How to make hot dogs ahead of time for a party?

Assemble the hot dogs one at a time and wrap each in its own tinfoil packet. Stack the wrapped hot dogs in a cooler (NO ICE!) to act as a warmer for the hot dogs; they should keep warm for many hours, depending on the quality of your cooler. Serve with your favorite toppings!

How to cook lots of hot dogs at once?

Close the lid on the slow cooker and add the hot dogs.
Cook for 3-4 hours on low or 1-2 hours on high.
To stay warm when serving, set the temperature to warm.

How long to cook 6 hot dogs?

Boil the hot dogs for around four to six minutes. If the hot dog is frozen, however, it should be cooked for nine to ten minutes. Depending on your preferences, you may boil your hot dog in water or beer.

How to cook hot dogs for a group?

The next best thing is the oven!
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Place the hot dogs in a pan or dish.You may use a casserole dish, a roasting pan, or even a baking tray (just make sure it has a rim to collect the liquids). To make cleaning even easier, line the dish with foil.
Cook for around 15 minutes. Maintain vigilance on your pets.

How many hotdogs per person at a cookout?

6. Hot dogs and hamburgers: Allow for two hot dogs and two hamburgers per person. If your dogs are little, increase the estimate to three to be cautious. Purchase a selection of condiments and toppings so that everyone may personalize their hot dogs and hamburgers.

What goes with hot dogs at a potluck?

15 Delicious Side Dishes that Go With Hot Dogs
Hawaiian Cole Slaw, No. 1 of 15. View the recipe.
02 of 15. Sweet potato fries baked in the oven.
03 of 15. Salad with Shoepeg Corn.
04 of 15. Dill Pickles that have been deep fried.
05 of 15. Chuck’s preferred mac & cheese.
06 of 15. Salad with Bacon Ranch Pasta.
07 of 15. French Fries with Spicy Chili.
08 of 15. Salad with three beans.

What to serve on the side of hot dogs?

8 Delicious Hot Dog Side Dishes
Salad with potatoes. There’s no doubting that potato salad and hot dogs are a tried-and-true combo, whether you prefer it with mayo, vinegar, or sour cream.
Beans that have been baked.
Salad with pasta.
Salad with fruits.
Fries in French.
Salads with vegetables.


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