5 Recipes of Hot Dog Independence! And 5 Dogs of Disaster.

patriotic link

This weekend, we are totally firing up our grill.

We are going full-BBQ this 4th of July!  Pasta salad, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, popsicles, hamburgers….

and hot dogs.


I’ll have to be honest: There is nothing I love more than a good, solid, honest hot dog for a BBQ. Maybe it takes me back to a simpler day as a child, eating as many hot dogs as I could before jumping back into the pool and swimming until it was time for bed.

The great thing about hot dogs, is that there are so many different ways to dress a dog!  BBQ sauce dog, Kraut dog, Chicago dog, Mustard dog…

The unfortunate thing, is that there are so many different ways to dress a dog.

These are definite FAILS in the “good eats” department:


1. Be Patriotic…But Not Too Patriotic.

I am sure you won’t do this, but it is possible.

If you have young kids in the house, looking for ways to help spruce up the place to show their American pride…

Anything is possible.



2. Mac and Cheese Dogs


I really must protest to this. I don’t know why this offends me so much…but macaroni and cheese is simply not a condiment.

It is a delicious entre`. Let’s keep the two separate, shall we?


3. Jellied Bouillon with Frankfurters



From 1953’s 500 Tasty Snacks: Ideas of Entertaining. Read about this dish here.

I’m sorry to do this to you…but your guests will be much sorrier if you do this to them.


4. The Good: Hot Dog Nutty Fritters. The Bad: Hot Dog Salad Dressing



These recipes were pulled from 1968’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Cookbook and came out not-so-bad and vomit-inducing, respectively. Read more about these recipes here.

Another catastrophic culinary disaster.

You do not need to make a hot dog dressing…no matter how desperate you are for an interesting BBQ dish, and even if you did find it on Pinterest.


5. Gooey Buns: Not What You’d Think.



“Gooey Buns sound like a yummy breakfast pastry. They’re not. Grind hot dogs, American cheese, mustard, mayo and relish into a paste. Spread inside buttered hot dog buns, wrap in foil, and place in the oven until the buns are stale.” Read more about this awful recipe here.

This might be the absolute worst thing I have ever seen in my life.

A ground…hot dog…pastry. For breakfast.

Honey, there ain’t no hangover that is bad enough to justify this one.


Let’s end this on an upswing, shall we?



We are taking the safe route, and consulting Alton Brown for all of these!


1. Alton Brown’s Corn Dogs


recipe link

2. Alton Brown’s Pressure Cooker Chili…For Chili Dogs!

rec_pressurecooker.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscaperecipe link

3. Alton Brown’s BBQ sauce Recipe

recipe link


4. Alton Brown’s favorite dog: Jack’s Cosmic Blue Cheese Slaw Dog


This is the dog…

and This is the recipe!


5. Not Alton Brown’s recipe, but a classic either way! Chicago Style Hot Dog

med104768_0709_chicago_dog_vertrecipe link


Happy Independence Day, Fellow Americans!




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s