Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way–I’m Kate and could probably be classified as a foodie. And I like hot dogs.
People are always surprised when I tell them I like hot dogs. It started when I was a teenager and people would be like, “Ew, you’re eating that??” And it’s true, some hot dogs are super gross (we shan’t talk about those bright red specimens), but there are really delicious hot dogs out there. If there’s ever a food product to spend a little extra money on, this is it. All-beef hot dogs are a great start, and kosher is even better. If you’re gonna do the dogs, I recommend Hebrew National, Nathan’s, or Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Hot Dogs.
These Food Truck Hot Dogs are old school, like something your grandma would make, but in a good way, not like in a Meat Jello Mold kind of way. They remind me a lot of J-Dawgs in Utah. If you’re feeding a crowd, this is an easy way to feed a ton of people–you can pop them in a Crock Pot and have them ready for a party later or you can simmer these in less than 30 minutes for a quick dinner on the run (plus you can add 2-3 more packages of hot dogs to one batch of sauce than the recipe calls for). I once had a party where I made these for the kids and Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches (which are always a huge hit) for the grown-ups, Guess what everybody ate? The hot dogs.
The awesome news is that these are super easy. For the sauce, you’ll need apple juice, an onion, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
See this chili sauce?
In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crisp. Drain the bacon on a paper towel, leaving the drippings in the pan. Add the onion and garlicto the drippings and saute until the onions are tender and fragrant. Side note: onions and garlic cooking in bacon drippings is one of the most swoon-worthy smells ever.
Simmer these hot dogs in a slow cooker to feed a crowd or whip them up for a quick weeknight meal on the go! Top them with shredded cheddar, chopped onions, and drizzled in the sweet and savory sauce/
Scale 1x2x3x Ingredients
1 8 pack of high-quality beef hot dogs like Hebrew National, Nathan’s, or Oscar Mayer Angus Selects (you can actually add up to 2–3 packages without altering the sauce at all–perfect for parties!)
8 hot dog buns
Desired toppings (like shredded cheese, chopped onions, and the sauce the hot dogs cook in)
In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crisp. Drain the bacon on a paper towel, leaving the drippings in the pan. Add the onion and garlic to the drippings and saute until the onions are tender and fragrant. Add the chili sauce, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crumbled bacon, and apple juice and bring to a boil. Add the hot dogs, reduce heat, and cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the hot dogs are hot. Either serve immediately or transfer to a slow cooker set to the low setting. Serve with shredded cheese and chopped onions.
To make this even quicker, plan to make these hot dogs with another recipe that calls for bacon earlier in the week. Reserve the drippings and 3 slices of bacon for use in this recipe.