Sunday, July 31, 2011

Foodbuzz 24x24 - Hot Diggity Dog!

THE BEST Grilled Hot Dogs - hot dogs sliced and marinated before grilling - you will never grill hot dogs any other way! These are seriously amazing!!

July is National Hot Dog month, so when Foodbuzz asked for proposals for their 24x24 I knew this would be perfect!

To celebrate, we had a few friends over and made 4 different types of hot dogs.  Grilled hot dogs, corn dogs, bacon crescent dogs and chili dogs.  They were all delicious!

THE BEST Grilled Hot Dogs - hot dogs sliced and marinated before grilling - you will never grill hot dogs any other way! These are seriously amazing!!

These grilled dogs were great.  They were our favorite out of all the hot dogs we made.  We marinated the hot dogs before grilling - that was new to us!  I loved how the hot dogs looked with the little cuts in them.  I can see us grilling these dogs at a tailgate this Fall.

THE BEST Grilled Hot Dogs - hot dogs sliced and marinated before grilling - you will never grill hot dogs any other way! These are seriously amazing!!

Grilled Hot Dogs
(Printable Recipe)

  • 8 hot dogs (we used Hebrew National)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

With a small, sharp knife, make cuts at an angle in 2 rows down each hot dog, about 1/2 inch apart, cutting partway into the hot dog. The cuts should look like rounded half circles.

Mix the ketchup with the Worcestershire sauce, oil and garlic. Pour into a large ziplock bag, add hot dogs and let marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Light grill. Grill the hot dogs until nicely charred and the cuts open up, about 3-5 minutes total.

Next up was Corn Dogs.  I love corn dogs.  I saw a snazzy corn dog maker on Pinterest, and I just had to have it.  You can find it here.  I used the recipe that came with the corn dog maker and they tasted great.  The corn dogs were quick and easy to make.  They would be perfect for a quick lunch.

The next hot dog is a kicked up crescent dog.  We added bacon to our usual crescent dogs - because everything is better with bacon!  YUM!

Bacon Crescent Dogs
(Printable Recipe)

8 hot dogs
4 slices American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
1 can crescent dinner rolls (I used reduced fat)
8 slices precooked bacon

Heat oven to 375°F. Slit hot dogs to within 1/2 inch of ends; insert 3 strips of cheese into each slit. Separate dough into triangles. Lay one strip of bacon on each roll. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up. Bake at 375°F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Finally we have chili dogs.  The chili was excellent.  It would be really good by itself.  We topped the hot dogs with the chili, cheddar cheese and green onions.  They were fantastic!

Chili Dogs
(Printable Recipe)

1b ground chuck
1 lg onion
1 clove garlic crushed
1 (15 oz) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup water
8 buns toasted and dogs cooked
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
chopped green onions

In a large skillet, cook first 3 ingredients. Drain. Add tomato paste and next 4 ingredients
Bring to boil, cover and simmer 25 min--stirring occasionally. When ready to serve, put cooked hot dogs in toasted buns, top with chili, cheese and green onions.

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  1. You are putting out some great looking food and we are having your Mexican chicken tonight for dinner.

  2. Im in Hot Dog heaven! They all sound amazing. I've never heard of marinating hot dogs either. Oh I've got to try it!!

  3. What an awesome post - we love hot dogs, and I've never thought about kicking them up. ;) I want to try them all!

  4. I love how those grilled hotdogs look with the slits. Will have to try that next time. Actually I want to try every one of these recipes.

  5. 1st - all of them look tasty

    2nd - how am I gonna eat one of each while on a diet, cause you know I'd have to taste them all

    A corn dog maker....never heard of one.

  6. That corn dog maker is so cool. Does it taste the same without the deep frying? I love corn dogs but hate messing with the hot oil all the time.

  7. Oh My I will have to have a bbq party just to get these hot dogs.

  8. How do you get 8 hotdogs out of a Hebrew National package? They only pack 7 to a package.

    1. lol!..... YOU DON'T!!... I was going to ask if they went large buying 2 packs of HN just to fill 8 buns. I called ConAgra about this very thing and was told in response to the 7 pack quirk "Great Question" (felt as though I had mistakenly called into the Nancy Grace show) ... the person flipped through a few pages of canned pr responses and gave this answer.. the packaging like was set up for 7 hotdogs, not eight. It is nothing more than a marketing ploy rip-off. Nothing mystical about it. I see Parks Best is running the same scam. Next thing that will happen is that the bread mfgs. will start turning out 6 pack buns.

  9. Hi. :D When I was growing up mom use to make us stuffed piggies that are just like your crescent dogs without the crescent. Well almost the same. We add slices of gerkins pickles to ours. Slice the dog and lay slices of the sweet pickles and cheese in the slot. Wrap in bacon and bake. These are seriously good but I'm going to take it to the next level and try them with the crescents next time I make them. :D

  10. We can't find a hot dog that we like since Oscar Mayer changed their beef franks a few years ago. Anyone have a suggestion for a good hot dog to try? I hate to go a buy a bunch of different brands and waste them. Thanks!

  11. You said two rows of, opposite side of the round hot dog? I only see one row of slits on the dogs.

    1. Yes - the other set of slits is face down the grill.


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