Spring is here! Grills are firing up everywhere as the weather gets warmer and daylight gets stronger. This week on GrateTV we tackle one of the most popular items on the grilling chart; Hot dog dogs.
Hot Dog Dogs
“Back in the day,” Baseball season opened on April 1. Fans, young and old, flocked to the diamond to watch the home team play ball. A staple at any concession stand at the field is…the hot dog! Baseball fans will consume more than 26 million hot dogs at US baseball stadiums this season. That’s enough to circle the bases 36,000 times. (more after video)
The standard mustard and onion hot dog is being upstaged with all kinds of toppings ranging from naked to peanut butter and bananas. This week we twist and turn the hot dog into a delicious grilled treat with unlimited tasty options. Everyone loves a hotdog!
What you will need
- Hot dogs
- A clean grill, any temperature will do
- A sharp knife
- Unlimited choice of toppings
Gather the ingredients.
There are so many varieties of good hot dogs; Fat Free to Waygu, Turkey, Chicken, all meat, all beef and many more. “Dogs” also come in a multitude of sizes. The choice of the wiener is difficult. Choose one that compliments your taste buds, your budget, and your bun!
A good carrier for your dog is just as important as the dog itself. Cheap buns will do for kid fare at the pool party, but an investment into a better bun will help keep your masterpiece together when you get to grilling better dogs and using more toppings!
Toppings are critical! Kids love just the bun and some ketchup. Hot dog connoisseurs will choose a variety of toppings. There are Chili Dogs, Chicago Dogs and Cincinnati Dogs. The regional favorite list is endless. Here at the Grate, we are interested in the cooking techniques of the wiener. We will leave the bread choice and toppings up to you.
If you are using the grill for a longer cook, hot dogs are just the ticket for snacks. Meats like whole chicens or ribs may take a few hours to cook on the grill. Pick up a pack of good hotdogs and throw them on the grill next to your dinner to insure lunch will be ready when you are.
GateTV tip: Spiral cut your wiener. Get the most out of your dogs holding power. The spiral cut creates nooks and crannies for your toppings to grab on to. Not only that, it looks ultra cool. Skewer the dog and carefully make a cut the in spiral pattern. While the hotdog cooks the spiral will open up and create something similar to a spring. Toppings will gladly fill the crevices you created, making the experience that much more incredible. Try it next time you cook hotdogs on the grill. It really can make a difference!
Once you get your hot dogs prepared place them on the grill and keep a good eye on them. Hotdogs are precooked, and safe to eat right out of the pack, so you only need to warm them to about 145 degrees and create some browning on the outer skin. Yes, some people like their hot dogs burnt. There are the one or two people at the party who always request burnt. If that what their pallet likes, give it to them. What do you have to lose…except a bit of your culinary dignity?
Roll the dogs over the grill until they are sufficiently browned and done. Remove them and place them on a plate. Top with a few of the thousands of choices that are probably on hand right in your refrigerator. Good Quality Mustard and chopped sweet onion is the classic! Have fun and enjoy creating the perfect hot dog!
- Choose a hotdog that fits your style
- Spiral cut or not
- Grill over any fire that will heat the hot dog and create a nice browned skin
- Remove from the heat, top with your favorite toppings
- Serve immediately with or without a side dish
Enjoy an American Grilling Tradition!
Fun Facts about Hot Dogs
- The world’s biggest hot dog was 1,996 feet long, created by Sara Lee Corp. in honor of the 1996 Olympics. A 1,983 foot hot dog was made in May 1983 by Bill-Mar Foods of Zeeland, Wis. A 2,377-foot chicken dog was made in 1985 by Maple Lodge Farms in Norval, Canada. In 1978, David Berg of Chicago made a six-foot, 681-pound beef hot dog in a 100-pound poppy seed bun covered with two gallons of mustard.
- The most popular hot dog topping among adults is mustard (87.6%). Among children, it is ketchup.
- Marlene Dietrich said that her favorite meal was hot dogs & champagne.
- Babe Ruth once ate 12 hot dogs & 8 bottles of soda between games of a double header. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital after the game with a severe case of indigestion.
- Al Capone’s favourite food was Nathan’s Coney Island hot dogs, as was Cary Grant’s.
- The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites.
(average sized mouth tested)
- On July 4, 1916 four Irish immigrants held a hot dog eating contest to decide which of them was the most patriotic. The winner, James Mullen, at 13 dogs & buns in 12 minutes.
- Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport sells more than 2 million hot dogs a year.
- Baseball fans will enjoy “in the ballpark” of 26.8 million hot dogs at US baseball stadiums this season. That’s enough to circle the bases 36,000 times.
- President Franklin Roosevelt served King George VI of England hot dogs & beer during a White House visit in 1939. Mrs. Jimmy Carter served hot dogs at a White House picnic in 1977. Queen Elizabeth II served hot dogs at a royal banquet held for the American Bar Association.
- Weight Watchers includes hot dogs in its medically-approved diet regimen.
- NASA has approved hot dogs as a regular item on Apollo moon flights, Skylab missions & space shuttle flights.
- During the war, soldiers were fed the dreaded K-rations which often consisted of beans, corned beef, or hot dogs. To make the hot dogs seem a little bit more appetizing, the mess staff referred to them as steaks in a tube, or Tube Steaks.
- If hot dogs consumed in major league ball pars were laid end to end they would strech from Dodgers Statdium Los Angeles to Yankee Stadium in New York.
No Matter What Language – Hot Dogs Always Taste Good!
Spanish hot dog – Perrito Caliente
Italian Hot dog – Caldo Cane
French Hot dog – Chien Chaud
German Hot Dog – Heisser Hund or Wurst
Portugese Hot dog – Cachorro Quento
Swedish Hot Dog – Korv or Varmkorv
Nowegian/Danish Hot dog – Grillpolser
Czech Hot Dog – Park v rohliku
Dutch Hot Dog – Worstjes
Finish Hot Dog – Makkarat
Romanian Hot Dog – Cremvusti