June 29, 2017

A DIY (Dress-It-Yourself) Hot Dog Bar for July 4th

Karen Cooper

Not sure what to have at your 4th of July cookout? Tired of the same old burgers? Try a DIY (Dress-It-Yourself) Hot Dog Bar!

hot-dog-bar-top-view - Mohawk HomescapesFor our hot dog bar, I grilled organic, uncured, all-beef hot dogs and sweet Italian sausages. You could include kielbasa, veggie dogs, chicken sausages – anything! I also served both whole wheat and butter-top hot dog buns.

Next, you need the fixins!

Here are the condiments I included on our DIY hot dog bar:

condiment-ramekins -hot-dog-bar - Mohawk Homescapes

You have to have the classics: mustard, ketchup, and sweet relish.

But then I went a little crazy:

fixins - hot-dog-bar - Mohawk Homescapes

Salsa, pickled jalapeños, black olives, cole slaw, chili, onions, peach salsa, pimiento cheese, grated cheddar…yum!

With these fixins, I created some special dogs:

The Classic:  Mustard and relish with an all-beef hot dog.

classic-mustard-relish-dog - hot-dog-bar - Mohawk Homescapes

The Chili-Slaw Dog: Chili and cole slaw on an all-beef hot dog.

chili-slaw-hot-dog - hot-dog-bar - Mohawk Homescapes

Variation: My husband tried chili and grated cheddar on a hot dog and said it was delicious.

The Georgia Dog: Peach salsa and Vidalia onion on an all-beef hot dog.

Georgia-dog - hot-dog-bar - Mohawk Homescapes

The Dogfather: Sweet Italian sausage with roasted red peppers, onion, and pickled jalapeños.

The-Dogfather - hot-dog-bar - Mohawk HomescapesTrust me, it’s an offer you can’t refuse!

My son made a Mexican Dog (a Chihuahua?), with salsa, grated cheddar, and black olives. I would have photographed it, but he ate it before I could! My daughter said this was the best dinner I’ve ever made.

Get creative! The dog’s the limit! What would you have on your hot dog?

Happy July 4th, everyone!

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