This week I will have some recipe for you that would be perfect for your Memorial Day weekend. Hot dogs tend to be a staple at our house from Memorial Day through the summer, but regular old hot dogs with ketchup, mustard and relish can get old. That is where today’s recipe comes in.
These hot dogs are filled with sharp cheddar cheese and wrapped in bacon, but it doesn’t end there. The buns get brushed will melted butter and set on the grill to give them a nice crispness. I love the contrast of the soft outer bun followed but the crisp, butter, crunchy grilled inside.
The trick to having these dogs wrapped in bacon is using the fully cooked bacon you can get at the store. I know you can get it at Costco for a good price. Now you could just try to cook regular bacon and use it, but you need to make sure you cook the bacon slightly under because you need to be able to wrap it around the hot dog.
I could not let you use the regular old toppings here, you need a sauce worthy of this jazzed up hot dog. I gave them a good douse of J Dawg sauce. I learned about this sauce from my friend Leigh Anne over at Your Homebased Mom. She has been to J Dawg’s joint in Provo, Utah. I need to get there the next time I am in that neck of the woods. Apparently it is near the BYU campus and was started by a student. They serve their “dawgs” up with a sweet southern bbq sauce. Well, Leigh Anne’s niece recreated the sauce and I thought it would be the perfect thing to use on these dogs.
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp ketchup
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp bbq sauce (I used Cattlemens Mephis Sweet)
- 2 Tbsp honey
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- Hot Dogs:
- 8 good quality hot dogs (I used Ball Park Angus Beef Bun Sized Franks)
- 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese sliced and then cut into thin strips
- 16 slices of precooked bacon (I used Jimmy Dean fully cooked hickory smoke bacon)
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 8 hot dog buns
- In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Cut a pocket lengthwise in each hot dog.
- Fill the pockets of each hot dog with a couple of the strips of cheese.
- Wrap each hot dog with 2 slice of the bacon, using toothpicks to secure the bacon on the hot dogs.
- Place on the grill cheese side up and cook over medium low heat until the cheese in is nice and melted.
- While the hot dogs cook, brush inside of the buns with melted butter and place butter side down on the grill. Grill until toasted and golden brown.
- When hot dogs are fully cooked remove from the grill and remove the toothpick. Serve on the toasted buns along the the sauce you prepared earlier.