How to Grill the Perfect Hot Dog

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Photograph: Stephen Johnson/North Hills Hot Dog League

It’s summer, folks, and that means prickly heat, going to work even if it’s a really nice day, and grilling hot dogs! The humble sausage may have been invented in Germany, but it has become a distinctly American food – according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Boardin 2020, 944.3 million pounds of hot dogs were sold in stores across the US.S.with same most consumed in ball games, gourmet restaurants and prisons.

Let me start this guide to making amazing grilled hot dogs with disappointment (I like to start everything on a note of disappointment): Although I decided to discover some previously unknown nuances that would make your grilled hot dogs sings, I only learned that if there is such a nuance, I have not been able to discover it. Whether you dress it up with high-quality condiments or cut it into a spiral, ultimately a hot dog is just a hot dog. Its unchanging hot dog is the sausage’s greatest strength and most terrible weakness.

How to Grill Hot Dogs Like a King

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Photograph: Stephen Johnson/North Hills Hot Dog League

Part of what makes hot dogs great is how easy they are to prepare. You can boil them, throw them in the microwave, fry in the airstick a fork in them and cook them on the open flame of your stove, aspire them, or just eat them straight out of the package like a caveman. But the best method of preparation is grilling. The light char outside, courtesy of the Maillard reactionIt enhances the flavor, and you’re usually out with friends and loved ones while doing this, which makes any food taste better.

Here’s how to grill hot dogs properly.

  • Make sure your grill is clean and non-stick. You can spray some nonstick spray like Pam or wait until it heats up and dip a paper towel in canola oil or peanut oil and drag it through the racks. Use tweezers, however. Long, so you don’t get burned.
  • Heat your barbecue. We used a propane grill and set all the burners to about 3/4 power, closed the lid, and allowed 15 minutes or so to heat up. It was around 350℉ when we put the dogs in. If you’re using charcoal, make sure there’s a not-too-hot area for initial heating. Check this article for information on setting up two zones on a charcoal grill and a ton of other in-depth grilling deals.
  • Put them on indirect fire. The hot dogs are already cooked straight out of the package, so you’re really just heating them up in this step, so place your dogs in indirect heat, away from the hottest parts of the grill, whether that’s the grill you see in the image above, or just away from the embers. Let them warm up for 5 to 7 minutes or so, turning them as often as you can remember. If you’re using jumbo dogs, give them another two minutes or so. There’s no exact number because the bars are different and the dogs are different, but you’ll know they’re done when the ends start to pop a little.
  • Sear them and tag them. Now that they are warmed up, move your dogs to the hottest part of the grill and position them to burn some diagonal grill marks on them. (That’s the idea, anyway. We haven’t been able to get any picturesque grill marks, try as we might.) Marks or not, you want slightly chapped, bubbly skin on your bangs. Among chefs and gourmets, this is called “reverse sering” and it works with filet mignon how does your wiener. I assume my Michelin star is in the mail.
  • Toast the bread? Some people like to toast the buns a little, but I don’t. I like a soft, spongy hot dog bun – that’s why you should steam your buns. (Heh, “steam your buns.”)
  • Don’t overcook: The most common mistake when grilling hot dogs is also the worst: overcooking them. If you leave them on the fire too long, they will become shriveled and dry, or worse, they will end up with a burnt, char-like flavor. skin.

What kind of hot dog is best for grilling?

We experience a variety of dogs widely available for this experiment – chicken and beef dogs, turkey dogs, beef dogs, kosher meat dogs, jumbos, skinless and skinless jumbo from Nathan’s, Farmer John and Oscar Mayer – all the different varieties of dogs we tried cooked the same on the grill, although the no skin to dry out some more.

We don’t try soy dogs or other meatless dogs because that’s a whole different thing. We didn’t go to the butcher shop to buy really fancy sausages and we didn’t buy the cheapest hot dogs possible either. All our dogs were fine-but-nothing-special, according to the soul of the hot dog itself.

In the end, our panel of four seasoned sausage eaters was unanimous in the opinion that beef hot dogs are superior to any other variety, and that the worst was the combination of beef and chicken dogs. We split evenly into jumbo dogs vs. regular size – depends on your preference for bread with meat, ultimately.

Spiral cut or not spiral cut?

If you want to get more out of your hot dogs, you can cut them in a spiral before cooking them. Our panel agreed that spiral-cut hot dogs are slightly tastier than dogs without spirals, due to the extra surface area available for browning. They get a little more “grilled” flavor, and the spices fall into the cracks as a bonus.

Whether it’s worth the trouble depends on what kind of person you are. Some might say, “I’m going to make this the best hot dog experience I can, so of course I’m going to do a spiral.” I’m more like, “It’s just a hot dog, man; do not destroy yourself.”

Here’s how to cut them in a spiral if you choose to:

  • Slide a skewer through the dog.
  • Hold a sharp knife at an angle to your dog and roll it. Try to make it the same, but if you’re like me, yours will look like a hacked serial killer.
  • Give the knife to someone with manual dexterity and make him do it.
  • You can make a second spiral inside the first one for a barber pole effect if you want to get that extra bit.
  • Grill them the same way as uncircumcised hot dogs.

What topping should you put on your hot dogs?

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I’m sure you already have a favorite hot dog topping and are probably well aware of the variety of things you can put on top of a hot dog, so I won’t bore you with advice. like “try mustard!” but i will make a suggestion: grilled onions. If you sauté some onions in oil and butter with a pinch of salt and put that on your dog, you’ll have gotten the best hot dog topping possible – it’s subtle and doesn’t detract from the flavor.every hot dog from your sausage like sauerkraut can, but it adds texture and I do not know what to your tube steak.

A quick note on how disgusting hot dogs can be

When we started cooking these dogs, everyone on our blue ribbon hot dog panel was excited, ready to spend the day sucking on different hot dog kids (and Beer). The excitement didn’t last long. The final consensus was: “Hot dogs are really gross if you eat more than one of them.”

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