Whether you are at a picnic in the park, cooking while camping, or grilling in your own backyard, you can’t beat the taste of a sizzling hot dog. The hot dog is as American as baseball games and your mom’s apple pie. Hot dogs are not typically considered complicated culinary fare. However, there are some tips and tricks you can use for tasty results when cooking up this summertime staple for family and friends.
11. Choose All Beef Hot Dogs
The perfect hot dog starts with a meaty frank. When shopping for hot dogs, avoid products made from a variety of mystery meats. Instead, search out wieners made from 100% beef. Check out the label and choose a product without excessive additives and fillers. A delicious hot dog doesn’t have to be expensive. In a taste test conducted by the Washington Post, Costco’s Kirkland Beef Hot Dogs came out the winner in a comparison of 15 brands of hot dogs. Second place was awarded to Nathan’s Angus Beef Franks, while Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Uncured Franks came in third.
10. Make Sure Your Hot Dogs Are Fully Defrosted
If you keep your sausages in the freezer until it is time to cook them up, be sure they are fully defrosted before placing them on the grill. Allowing your hot dogs to thaw overnight in the refrigerator ensures they are completely thawed out to deliver even cooking. If you decide at the last minute that a grilled hot dog would hit the spot, you can defrost them in the microwave. Place the wieners on a microwaveable plate, cover with a paper towel, and defrost in 30-second intervals until they are thawed but not cooked.