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What’s for Dinner: The Cowboy Hot Dog


The Cowboy Hot Dog

Sunset Magazine, June 2012

With History Day approaching and summer on the horizon, I thought a nice cowboy / camping-inspired meal sounded good right about now. This recipe actually calls for bison hot dogs, which you might find at a health food store, or you can substitute any ole hot dogs your family likes. Happy eating, and happy trails! 


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large yellow onion, cut into half moons 

4 hot dogs

4 potato hot dog buns

About 6 tbsp. mayonnaise 

About 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard, such as Gulden's

About 4 tbsp. barbecue sauce 

1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 


1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add onion, and cook until deep golden and very tender, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Grill hot dogs until slightly charred all over, about 6 minutes, turning occasionally. Add buns and grill, turning frequently, until warmed and lightly charred, about 3 minutes.

3. Spread buns with mayonnaise and drizzle with mustard and barbecue sauce. Set hot dogs in buns.

4. Sprinkle cheese on top, followed by caramelized onions and bacon.

And if you’re feeling spicy, try these Fiery Chipotle Baked Beans from last year’s 4th of July blog post. They would go nicely with these dogs!

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