Beer-braised, bacon-wrapped, veggie dogs + more! Food expert and BBQ champion Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store reveals how to elevate your classic wiener-and-bun combo

 

1. Beer-braised Hot Dogs

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter  
  • 8 of your favourite BBQ-style hot dog wieners
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rings
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1½ cups of your favorite local ale
  • 8 hot dog buns, toasted
  • Grainy mustard and fresh basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your BBQ to medium high, about 375 F.
  2. In a frying pan or disposable tinfoil pan, melt the butter and add the onions and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions start to soften and caramelize.
  3. Add the hot dog wieners to the pan, nestling in among the onions.
  4. Pour in the beer and braise the dogs, turning once or twice, until they are completely cooked through and nice and hot, about 30 minutes.
  5. The liquid will reduce, but check it occasionally to make sure it hasn’t dried up completely.
  6. Place a hot dog in each bun and serve topped with the braised onions, a generous slather of your favourite mustard and some fresh basil leaves to add some zip!

 

 

3. Bacon-wrapped Cheese-stuffed Hot Dogs

Angie Quaale - Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot-Dogs

Ingredients

  • 6 BBQ hot dog wieners
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your BBQ to medium high, about 375 F.
  2. Make a slit in each of the hot dogs and insert cheese slices into the slits.
  3. Wrap each hot dog in bacon, then secure bacon on each end with toothpicks if you don’t think it will hold on its own.
  4. Place the hot dogs on your preheated grill and cook, rolling around occasionally until the bacon is slightly crispy.
  5. Remove from the grill and serve with your favourite condiments on a super fresh bun.

 

 

3. Quick Chilli Dogs

Angie Qualle - Chilli Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon your favourite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican chili powder
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 8 of your favourite hot dog wieners
  • 8 hot dog buns, toasted
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add the olive oil and hamburger. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brown and crumble the beef.
  4. Add Worcestershire, onion, garlic, chili powder, hot sauce and cook together 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce and reduce heat to low.
  6. Meanwhile, over a medium high grill, BBQ your dogs until perfectly cooked.
  7. Place cooked dogs in buns and top with the prepared chili and lots of cheese.
  8. Place the hot dogs in the buns back onto the top shelf of the BBQ and close the lid, just to melt cheese. Serve immediately.

 

 

4. Ridiculously Delicious Veggie Dogs

Angie Qualle - Veggie Hot-Dogs

Ingredients

  • 4 thick carrots
  • 2 dashes of liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Peel the carrots.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, maple syrup, onion and garlic powder.
  5. Place the carrots in a shallow baking dish and pour the liquid mixture over them. Cover and let marinate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Season the carrots with pepper and transfer to the baking sheet.
  7. Roast for 35 minutes, brushing the carrots every 5 minutes with the remaining marinade mixture, until fork tender.
  8. Once the carrot is barely fork tender, you can remove it from the oven and chill. It can them be reheated on the BBQ when you are ready to eat. 
  9. Drop it into a bun and add any of your favourite condiments.