Simple, yummy beef hot dogs are turned into something…well, the word the guys used was, ridiculous! With a slathering of kicked up, store bought barbecue sauce that seeps into the crispy hash marks of those grilled dogs your mouth just can’t help but to start watering. After getting a little creative with my knife skills and firing up the grill, even I was surprised at how great these hot dogs turned out.
I know it’s kind of a “thing” now to cut little marks in your hot dogs especially if you hang out on Pinterest. Now, truth be told, I’m a big fan of hot dogs, but they’ve gotta be done right! I don’t want anything too fancy, a squirt of mustard and a few onions are my favorite toppings, so I exercised restraint while working on my new creation. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this new idea but decided to give it a try. Of course, I couldn’t just cut the hash marks, I had to try one more little thing to make my dogs extra special.
Adding a little sauce seemed to be the way to go but I kept it simple with store bought items from my pantry. I mixed together ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey and apple cider vinegar for a rich, sweet concoction that had just the right amount of tanginess. Once the mixing was done, I warmed up my sauce on the side of the grill while I got my dogs ready.
This is where, honestly, everyone can “be there own chef” and just do what you like. I decided to cut little hash marks on my hot dogs and they turned out amazing. I cut slits down one side then turned the links and cut down the opposite way. The key is when those links hit the heat and start to grill, they turn something so crispy and juicy you’ll be wondering why you never cooked a hot dog like this before! Last but not least is that sauce. It’s super simple but when it seeps down into the tender slits of that grilled dog, it’s like I said before, the word the guys used was ridiculous. I agree, absolutely, 100%.
- 1 2 lb package hot dogs or 2 one pound bags I use Nathans All Beef Hot Dogs
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup prepared BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- splash of water if needed
- Heat gas or charcole grill to medium high heat.
- Using a sharp knife, cut hash marks in each hot dog - first going one way down, then reverse the cut for the other way. Set aside.
- In a small skillet or heat proof pan, add ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey and apple cider vinegar. Place pan on grill to the side to heat up.
- When grill comes to temperature, place hot dogs on grates. Turn hot dogs until they start to get grill marks and are heated through. Using a grill brush, gently glaze each hot dog with heated BBQ sauce.Turn links and continue to coat with sauce.
- When done, remove hot dogs from grill and serve with your favorite bun and toppings!