3. Toast the Buns
Once your hot dogs are perfectly grilled, toasted hot dog buns are the ideal venue for chowing down on these savory goodies. For delicious hot dog buns with the perfect balance of crispiness and chewiness, first spread the insides of the buns with melted butter. Then, place the buns butter-side down on the grill for two to three minutes until they achieve a beautiful golden brown color.
2. Don’t Forget the Fixings
While some claim all you need for the perfect hot dog is a squirt of ketchup, there are a variety of fixings that may appeal to your friends and family. The staples of hot dog condiments include ketchup, mustard, diced onions, and pickle relish. To create chili dogs, try this recipe for Jeff’s Hot Dog Chili from Allrecipes. Combine ground beef, tomato sauce, and ketchup with spices to make a tasty chili dog that will rival the ones from Coney Island. Shredded cheese, sauerkraut, salsa, and coleslaw also make great hot dog toppings.
1. Serve Up Some Tasty Sides
You can’t go wrong with pairing your franks with a bag of crunchy potato chips. However, there are many delicious accompaniments you can also bring to the table. Keep it simple by grilling up some sweet corn and slicing a watermelon. Baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad are tried-and-true barbecue standbys. Or, go deluxe with this Food and Wine recipe for Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables, Parsley and Feta. Serve some fruit and a Strawberry Spinach Salad, and finish off the meal with a batch of gooey, fudgy brownies.