Hotdogs are as American as apple pie, baseball and football. They can be grilled, boiled, broiled, baked, steamed, stuffed, or eaten raw. But there is absolutely nothing that does a hot dog prouder than a searing hot grill.
Here are some dog-gone delicious ideas that are sure to get your dogs…and taste buds, fired up. And you can do it right on your grill
- Start with excellent Hotdogs (There are many different kinds, beef, pork, turkey, all the above. You pick em.)
- Light the grill and let it come up to medium heat. Let grill remain at medium heat for 5 minutes or so.
- Prepare hotdog buns.
- Mustard—golden, yellow, gray, searing, smooth, or seedy. Hot dogs love it.
- Ketchup—the old standby.
- Pickle relish—dill, sweet, however you like it.
- Raw onions—green, white, yellow, or sweet, it’s all good!
- Grilled onions—the only thing better than raw onions.
- Grilled peppers—is there anything grilled peppers don’t taste good on?
- Jalapenos—adds a little kick in the pants
- Cheese—add a little, add a lot. Pepper jack is a nice change from cheddar or processed cheese, though processed cheese has a really nice melt to it.
- Chili—this makes it a little harder to eat with your hands, but it is delicious. (forks are great!)
- Barbecue sauce—adds to that smokey barbecue thing you have going on here.
- Steak sauce—tired of ketchup? kick it up a notch.
- Hot sauce—kick it up a couple more notches.
- Sauerkraut—yes, it was nasty when you were a kid. Try it now!
- Put your hotdogs on the preheated grill – perpendicular to the grate depending on how you want the char lines. (Do not put them parallel with the grids. They will tend to stick and you will have a mess getting them out between them.)
- Make sure they’re well-spaced, as you will need room to roll those puppies around on the grill.
- Keep your eye on the dogs. Don’t let them lay in one place too long.
- Roll the dogs every so often until the skins turn a deep reddish brown.
- Remove dogs from grill and turn down heat (or raise grids)
- Lightly butter your hotdog buns and place them on the grill face down to toast them.
- When buns turn slightly brown, turn them nighty degrees and let toast for another 30 seconds.
- Remove buns from grill.
- Add condiments.