When it comes to grilling, there is a classic meat that I prefer over all others. It is not about juicy ribs, nor three perfectly charred ribs, nor a really expensive rib. It is a good old fashioned hot dog.
In the summer, there is nothing more satisfying than a perfectly roasted dog on toast, topped with sauerkraut and mustard with an ice cold beer. Hot dogs have a bad reputation for being a low-rent barbecue item, but when you buy the right meat and really know how to grill them, hot dogs take it to another level.
Buying Quality Hot Dogs
As with any good meal, getting a great grilled dog starts with the ingredients. The quality of hot dog meat will make or break this particular grill experience. But how do you choose the right raw hot dog from the fifty varieties packed on grocery store shelves?
Following these simple rules will help you make the best selection:
- Rule number one is to look for hot dogs that do not have artificial colors or flavors. Hot dogs with natural ingredients that are not enriched with chemicals and additives always taste better and grill better.
- Go to the beef. When it comes to flavor and roast, all beef hot dogs work best.
- Without sugars. Your hot dog doesn't need any added sweetener to taste delicious, so look for brands with no added sugar.
- Without nitrates or nitrites. These additives have been found to create nitrosamines at high temperatures (like a grill), which are known carcinogens. Nitrites specifically are often used to cure meat, which is why they are found in hot dogs, salami, and bacon. Skipping dogs that include nitrites especially, even natural ones, is a healthier and safer option.
- When it comes to health problems, organic and grass-fed options should be the first option. Grass-fed beef is not as saturated fat as grain-fed beef hot dogs, organic meat also ensures that the animal has not been fed hormones during its lifespan.
Hot Dog Grill
Once I've picked up the perfect pack of hot dogs and I'm ready to light up the grill and barbecue, there are some solid tips to help ensure that your hot dogs are perfectly cooked with deli brands. so beautiful that you could shoot a commercial them
- Use a grill spray. This is good advice for other meats too. It will help keep the grill clean, prevent dogs from sticking to the grates, and generally create a better end result.
- Notice the heat on your grill. I'd like to recommend that you start on high for preheating and then, when you're ready to start cooking, reduce the heat to medium. If your hot dogs have a lower fat content, look for a medium-low heat.
- Rotate your hot dogs regularly and evenly to make sure all sides have perfect markings and that slightly crisp outer shell. I recommend using grill tongs for this, forks can pierce the skin and release juices.
- When it comes to timing, cook your francs until the sides are starting to split and sparkle with juices. In general, for standard beef hot dogs 5-8 minutes is the sweet spot, for giant francs aim for 7-11 minutes. This will vary depending on the grill you use and the cooking conditions, but that's the range to consider.
- Just as important as the meat cook is making sure you don't neglect those buns! The best hot dog buns are lightly toasted. To optimize the toast, lightly brush the inside of the buns with melted butter before placing them upside down on the grill. The recommended warm-up time is 60 to 90 seconds.
- Decorate that hot dog with all the repairs! Some of my personal favorites: ground stone mustard, sauerkraut, sliced jalapeños, bier cheese, and grilled onions.
Summer is not summer without at least a couple of grills with hot dogs, coke, and plenty of chips. I hope this guide helps you make your barbecue time fun and very tasty.
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