Alright summer lovers, let’s talk hotdogs. Whether you’re a Chicagoan, a New Yorker, or just a fine citizen of the world who can appreciate a good hot dog, listen up. Cheese + Bacon + Traditional Dog = Bliss. I know, it’s simple but sometimes, especially when camping or cooking in bulk, the simpler the better. Regardless, once you give them a try, no grill out will be complete without these tasty little dogs.

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Lets start with the bun. You have the option of sticking to a traditional hot dog bun, but before you head toward your nearest grocery store for this easy option, I recommend considering pretzel buns, Texas Toast buns, homemadebread buns, or Hawaiian Sweet Roll buns. These dogs are far from traditional, so treat them and yourselves to a more eclectic bun. After taste testing a King’s Hawaiian hot dog bun I believe we’d all agree that life’s to short to stick with generic brand hot dog buns.

Ingredients:

Hot Dogs (How many you ask? You know better than we do Captain!) – Brands and types are vast and plenty, but when in doubt Oscar Myer is always a crowd-pleaser. Consider it your personal mission to discover your favorites. Even vegetarians can join in onthis endeavor as there are plenty of veggie options.

Cheese. Shredded, Brick, Cheddar, or Brie- all of the above and more will do. Whichever type of cheese you choose will mostly likely go with bacon and hotdog because the thing about cheese is that it’s all good.

Naturally, the bun.

And finally, Bacon: Pancetta, Peppered, Turkey, Canadian, Applewood, or Hickory Smoked – it’s all wonderful. Tip: Make sure the pairing of flavors between the bacon and the cheese are tastebud approved before moving foward in the recipe.

Preparation/Directions:

Slice each hot dog lengthwise down the middle almost, but not all the way through. Fill the pocket with cheese.

Wrap the hot dog with two slices of thin-sliced, pre-cooked bacon. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary. Tip: Thawing the bacon in the microwave for 30 or so seconds prior to preparation makes the wrapping process a whole lot simpler.

Throw the dogs on the grill and cook until finished.

The last step is simply to grill the bun and add your choice of herb/garlic butter to taste. Once the bun is assembled and the hotdog is inbound, garnish to your liking and enjoy a mouthful of the new American tradition. This meal pairs curiously well with ice cold apple cider or any alcoholic cider beverage. Cheers and celebrate often!

theone-Genna @ ACK