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How to Grill Hot Dogs Eric's Cooking Corner

Updated on June 4, 2013

Never ever cook with Pine.

There are two types of sap. One who cries at movies and one who pays for the Brooklyn Bridge. Oh oops poopsy I forgot I was writing about wood. Pine sap is righteously called pine tar. Do not you dare use that for cooking directly onto food. Dutch oven or Ben Franklin stoves ok. But not grilling.

Mesquite trees are just about ugly as can be. They make me look as handsome as the Mona Lisa, and baby that is saying a lot. Back in the day after WWII ranchers would fasten a chain to two D9 Cats (those are huge tractor graders, I mean big). They would straighten it out drive, "chain cutting" everything in their path -- which mostly included uprooting and killing Mesquite trees. So we used not to worry about killing poor trees so as to barbeque. Times have changed.

If you are going to gather mesquite yourself, there are two rules: Leave the chainsaw at home, the wood is so hard that all you will do is burn up your chainsaw. You use a 12 pound sledge hammer to bust it apart; and like I said above to not cook on it until you turn it into charcoal. That just means burning it for a bit. Then poor water over and let it sun dry.

Hot Dogs, summertime, grilling, county fairs, corn on the cob, Oh Boy!

Do not let me ever catch you cooking a hot dog on a grill without some kind of funny hat. Hot dogs deserve the respect and propriety of looking silly. Also if you do not have children handy go borrow the neighbor kids. And within sight of your grill, you must have a "kiddy pool". And one last piece of ambiance, get a cheap tinny sounding radio, crank it up and play Mariachi Music.

Now the stage is set.

First thing is a road trip to get supplies. You absolutely need to find a place that sells authentic and real (redundancy is key here) Mesquite charcoal. Notice I did not say "easy light, brickettes."

These things I speak of are real charcoal. It is already burnt wood. It is the dirtiest thing this side of Texas. It is what the Vietnamese and the Mexican workers use. If you have seen pictures of them with a little kind of grill on the side of wherever they are working. (maybe not Mesquite but something close and charcoaled already) I am going to tell you this again so it is clear ---- do not burn wood the first time to cook on. That is bad ju ju. It creates a green wood taste that will destroy your hot dogs.

Let us take a break with a picture -- then I will get back to Mesquite and some cool history.

Do not waste the privilege of burning wood.

Cool silhouette huh!
Cool silhouette huh! | Source

Can you have fun making these?

5 stars from 1 rating of Hot diggity dogs

Hot Dogs and the bad wrap they get.

A turkey, pork and chicken hot dog is made up of not delectable portions of each critter. How gross we say. That is not true in the sense that they are good for men with a risk of colon cancer. Yes in fact that combo of basic roughage from white meat things are good for a man once a week. Look for ones lowest in sodium. Get really expensive ones with better stuff, if you can. Remember in the summer months if you have an active family outside, they actually may need the sodium. Especially tykes.

And this gets us to preparation and cooking. The best thing you can do is to set your grill up, to basically slow roast over the mesquite. Bad juices will leave and the taste of the mesquite permeate. Juices in a dog are really not like a steak. It is added water and tripe fat. Let it "evaporate" naturally.

Then blister the dog. Really get it down into the heat so close it almost burns. Keep turning it like nobodies business. When you get your dogs skin bubbling, get it off.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh fo sho fo sho. Cooked with any "smoke" is bad. But I shall address smoking for the joking. That is a fun trick where you use smoking oak chips wetted and on to the charcoal.

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      5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the useful tips. It makes it healthier to eat too.

      Bon Appetit.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Funny Shanmarie. I like hot dogs, just about anyway, mainly cuz I love mustard ;-)

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I envision rednecks in the yard now. Thanks. haha Actually, I really only like hot dogs grilled.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My Cook Book,, thank you, I imagine you could tell I liked writing it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I love it Theresa, microwaving and boiling YuK! Happy cooking is good cooking! I might just add my favorite "wiener" song to this. No not take me out to the ballgame but Chuck Berry's my ding a ling.

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      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      Good hub, well written. Thanks you for sharing.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric- It is 11:45 pm, but I think I will go start up my grill. My family loves hot dogs and we have them from time to time. One side of my family, the "idiot" side throws them in a pot of boiling water to which they have added white vinegar and a good bit of Hot Sauce. Don't ask me how much of each, I don't care, I don't want to know. It is a witches brew, stink up the house and is not how a good hot dog should be treated.

      The other side of my family (that will be joining me in heaven of course) fully understand the importance of slowly cooking a dog until it is almost burnt and bubbling as you describe. They are the best! and the only decent way to prepare them. I am going to have to procure some mesquite charcoal and give that a try. I may not even invite anyone over. Great Hub. Great Timing. :) Blessings! Sharing. Theresa


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