Sun’s Out Buns Out
DOG DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
While planning the menu for a summer cookout, most think anything and everything grilled. Whether it’s chicken, shrimp, hamburgers, vegetables, fruits, or steaks, everything tastes a little better when grilled in the summer heat. Summer provides endless opportunities to open up the grill and barbeque. After a particularly challenging year, the chance to gather with friends and family to share a meal is more valuable than ever. Hot Dogs are a classic grilled meal that most cookouts have on the table.
In a poll people were asked their favorite grilled foods, very few responded with hot dogs. But, this is not because people dislike hot dogs. It is because people are bored of the way hot dogs are prepared.
Hot Dog Inspiration
In a poll people were asked their favorite grilled foods, very few responded with Hot Dogs. But, this is not because people dislike Hot Dogs. It is because people are bored of the way Hot Dogs are prepared. To mix it up, butterfly the Hot Dogs to maximize the grilling surface, score them in a twisting motion, or make diagonal hash marks to create crispy, smoky bits all over the Dogs.
Here is some inspiration for the best Hot Dog preparation and a shopping list to create the perfect hot dog bar to ensure the satisfaction of all of your guests.
The Famous Icelandic Hot Dog
The “Bæjarins Beztu Hot Dog Stand” is in the heart of Reykjavík, Iceland. The line for the cramped, two employee, stand wraps around the block. While the Hot Dog itself is made from local Icelandic lamb, the toppings are the distinction from the traditional hot dog. At the stand, one must order the Hot Dog “Ein með öllu”, or “one with everything”. The “everything” Hot Dog has Icelandic mustard, Remoulade sauce, fried onions, raw onions, and ketchup. Tourists and locals alike come from far and wide to enjoy the inexpensive hot dog stacked with toppings.
To enhance the Hot Dogs this summer, whip up the Remoulade sauce and fry up some onions. Adding the sauce to your Hot Dog bar will be a unique new addition that everyone will enjoy!
The BLT concept can be applied to more than the traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. It makes an even better Hot Dog! While preparing the Hot Dog, place a crisp piece of romaine lettuce on the bottom of the Hot Dog roll. Place the Hot Dog on top of the romaine lettuce. Sprinkle bacon bits and chopped tomato on top of the Hot Dog. Instead of topping it off with mustard and ketchup, use Hellmann’s mayonnaise. This will be a perfect way to cool down on a hot day with the cool flavors of the lettuce and tomatoes paired with the salty flavors of the bacon bits and Hot Dog.
Korean Hot Dog
The Gamja Hot Dog, or the Korean Corn Dog, originates as a street food in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years, these delicious Hot Dogs have gained popularity all over Asia, Europe, and in North America. The sausages are stuffed with cheese, coated, and deep fried. While the Korean Hot Dogs are not prepared on the grill, they would be an excellent addition to a summer barbeque.
Chicago Hot Dog
The Chicago Style Hot Dog seems complicated because of the very specific order of toppings required to create an authentic Chicago Hot Dog. These are often enjoyed in Chicago at sports games, but the Chicago Style Hot dog can be recreated anywhere for any occasion. The toppings must be in this order – one Berks All Beef Franks, Heinz yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt on a poppy seed roll. The tomatoes should be nestled between the Hot Dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the Hot Dog and the bottom of the bun. No ketchup allowed!
Hot Dog Bar Shopping List
Here is a comprehensive list of every ingredient needed to create the perfect Hot Dog bar. Everyone will be satisfied by the selection. Check out the Feeser’s rebates and catch some amazing deals while preparing your Hot Dog bar.
- Red Gold Ketchup
- HEINZ Yellow Mustard
- Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo
- Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
- Sauce Craft Buffalo Sauce
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Bacon Bits
- Grilled Pineapple