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The Ultimate Homemade Dodger Dog Recipe

Welcome to my blog! I’m AB, your host from Smokin’ and Grillin’ wit AB, and today, I’m bringing you something truly special. We’re diving into a culinary adventure with the iconic Dodger Dog, a staple from the heart of Los Angeles. Whether you’re a die-hard Dodgers fan or just someone who loves a good hot dog, this recipe is going to be a hit in your household. Stick around, and I’ll show you how to bring the stadium experience right into your backyard!

The Dodger Dog isn’t just any hot dog – it’s a piece of baseball history. Traditionally enjoyed by fans at the Dodger Stadium, this hot dog is known for its 12-inch length and classic condiments. But guess what? You don’t need a ticket to LA to enjoy this treat. By making it at home, you can customize it to perfection, add a touch of smoky flavor from the grill, and serve it up fresh and hot. Trust me, once you’ve tasted a homemade Dodger Dog, you’ll never want to go back to the regular store-bought variety.

Ingredients

  • 12-inch hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • Sweet relish
  • Chopped onions

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing the Homemade Dodger Dog

Step 1: Preheat the Grill

  • Fire up your grill to medium-high heat. If using charcoal, let the coals get white-hot and spread them evenly.

Step 2: Prepare the Hot Dogs

  • Place the 12-inch hot dogs on the grill over direct heat. Rotate them frequently to ensure even cooking and prevent burning.
  • For added crispiness, make shallow slits along the hot dogs before grilling. This allows the charcoal flavor to penetrate deeper.

Step 3: Grill the Hot Dogs

  • Grill the hot dogs for about 8-10 minutes, turning them regularly. Aim for a nice char but avoid burning. The internal temperature should reach 165°F.
  • Optionally, split the hot dogs lengthwise for extra crispy edges.

Step 4: Toast the Buns

  • Lightly toast the hot dog buns on the grill for about 1-2 minutes until they are slightly crispy.

Step 5: Assemble the Dodger Dogs

  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise inside each bun.
  • Place the grilled hot dog in the bun.
  • Drizzle ketchup and yellow mustard over the hot dog.
  • Add a spoonful of sweet relish.
  • Sprinkle chopped onions on top.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

  • Serve immediately while hot and enjoy the fresh, homemade taste of a classic Dodger Dog!

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Perfect Grill Marks: Rotate the hot dogs frequently to get those perfect grill marks and avoid burning.
  • Customizable Toppings: Feel free to add or omit toppings based on your preferences. Some might like just mustard and ketchup, while others might enjoy adding sauerkraut or jalapeños.
  • Keep it Simple: The beauty of the Dodger Dog is in its simplicity. Don’t overdo the toppings – let the flavor of the grilled hot dog shine through.

Variations

  1. Cheese Dodger Dog: Add shredded cheddar or a slice of American cheese.
  2. Bacon-Wrapped Dodger Dog: Wrap the hot dog in bacon before grilling for an extra smoky flavor.
  3. Spicy Dodger Dog: Add jalapeños and spicy mustard.
  4. Chili Cheese Dodger Dog: Top with chili and shredded cheese.
  5. BBQ Dodger Dog: Drizzle with BBQ sauce and add crispy onions.
  6. Veggie Dodger Dog: Use a veggie hot dog and load up with grilled bell peppers and onions.
  7. Chicago-Style Dodger Dog: Add pickles, tomatoes, and sport peppers.
  8. Breakfast Dodger Dog: Top with scrambled eggs and crumbled bacon.
  9. Southwest Dodger Dog: Add avocado slices, pico de gallo, and a drizzle of sour cream.
  10. Italian Dodger Dog: Top with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella.

What to Serve it With

  1. Potato Salad
  2. Coleslaw
  3. French Fries
  4. Onion Rings
  5. Baked Beans
  6. Corn on the Cob
  7. Macaroni Salad
  8. Grilled Vegetables
  9. Pickle Spears
  10. Fruit Salad

Storage Tips

How Much to Make for Family Gatherings

  • For a small gathering of 4-6 people, plan on making 8-12 hot dogs.
  • For larger gatherings of 10-15 people, consider making 20-30 hot dogs to ensure everyone gets enough.

How Far in Advance Can I Make the Homemade Dodger Dog?

  • Grilling: You can grill the hot dogs a few hours in advance and keep them warm in a low oven (around 200°F) or a slow cooker on the “warm” setting.
  • Assembling: Assemble the Dodger Dogs just before serving to keep the buns from getting soggy.

Additional Tips for a Successful Dodger Dog Experience

  • Charcoal vs. Gas Grill: Charcoal grills add a smoky flavor that gas grills can’t quite replicate. If you have the option, go for charcoal.
  • Keep It Simple: Don’t overwhelm your hot dog with too many toppings. The key to a great Dodger Dog is balance.
  • Serve Fresh: Hot dogs are best served fresh off the grill. If you need to hold them for a bit, keep them in a warm place but don’t let them sit too long.

The Ultimate Homemade Dodger Dog Recipe

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fire up your grill to medium-high heat. If using charcoal, let the coals get white-hot and spread them evenly.
  2. Place the 12-inch hot dogs on the grill over direct heat. Rotate them frequently to ensure even cooking and prevent burning.
  3. For added crispiness, make shallow slits along the hot dogs before grilling. This allows the charcoal flavor to penetrate deeper.
  4. Grill the hot dogs for about 8-10 minutes, turning them regularly. Aim for a nice char but avoid burning. The internal temperature should reach 165°F.
  5. Optionally, split the hot dogs lengthwise for extra crispy edges.
  6. Lightly toast the hot dog buns on the grill for about 1-2 minutes until they are slightly crispy.
  7. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise inside each bun. Place the grilled hot dog in the bun. Drizzle ketchup and yellow mustard over the hot dog. Add a spoonful of sweet relish. Sprinkle chopped onions on top.
  8. Serve immediately while hot and enjoy the fresh, homemade taste of a classic Dodger Dog!
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