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!
For 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:
You have to have the classics: mustard, ketchup, and sweet relish.
But then I went a little crazy:
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.
The Chili-Slaw Dog: Chili and cole slaw on an all-beef hot dog.
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.
The Dogfather: Sweet Italian sausage with roasted red peppers, onion, and pickled jalapeños.
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!