Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs








Hot dogs are the perfect BBQ food.  It is easy to cook, scrumptious, and people love it! I always keep at least a pack of hot dogs in my fridge when I host BBQs just in case I run low on food or underestimate the amount of people coming over.

Recently, there are a few Mexican hot dog stands popping up around San Jose and the vendors are wrapping their hot dogs with bacon and loading it with delicious toppings. This inspired me to turn my hot dogs up a notch by wrapping it with some bacon and loading it up with my favorite toppings.

Over the past year, I’ve loaded bacon wrapped hot dogs with Vietnamese sandwich toppings, chili cheese, mustard and relish, but my favorite way to top bacon wrapped hot dogs is with Mexican food condiments like pico de gallo, crema, and jalapenos. I love the way the freshness of the pico de gallo balances out the saltiness of the hot dog and makes it taste so good!

This recipe is just to show you how I make bacon wrapped hot dogs and I encourage you to be creative and top it the way you like!

Ingredients:
8 all beef hot dogs
8 slices of thin bacon
8 hot dog buns
Optional Ingredients:
jalapenos
Cotija cheese
sour cream
shredded cheese
ketchup
mustard
Sriracha 
relish
Steps:
Prepare hot dogs – Wrap each hot dog with a slice of bacon.
BBQ hot dogs – Setup up grill for indirect cooking.  Bring the grill to 350-375 degrees. Place bacon wrapped hot dogs on indirect side of the grill and cook covered for about 25 minutes or until bacon is crispy.  Flip hot dogs about half way through cooking. Remove lid and sear hot dogs, one minute a side, to crisp bacon even more.
Assemble hot dogs – Place bacon wrapped hot dogs on a bun.  Load the bacon wrapped hot dogs with your favorite hot dog toppings.
Tips:
  • I personally love topping bacon wrapped hot dogs with pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream, and Cotjia cheese, but the options are endless!
  • To prevent bacon from falling off during cooking, you can secure bacon with a toothpick on each side of the hot dog.
  • Be very careful of flareups when cooking hot dog over direct heat.
  • If BBQing is not an option, roast bacon wrapped hot dogs in the oven on 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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