How to grill the perfect Hot Dog

It’s National Hot Dog Day!

If you’re anything like me (no offense) you grew up on hot dogs, that favorite of backyard grillers everywhere. Sadly, many a tube-steak that hit our plates were charred on the outside, chilly in the middle, and split and twisted in decidedly unappetizing shapes.

But fear not, we’re gonna fix that!

Claims about hot dog invention are difficult to assess, as stories assert the creation of the sausage, the placing of the sausage (or another kind of sausage) on bread or a bun as finger food, the popularization of the existing dish, or the application of the name “hot dog” to a sausage and bun combination most commonly used with ketchup or mustard and sometimes relish.

Around 1870, on Coney Island, German immigrant Charles Feltman began selling sausages in rolls. The term “dog” has been used as a synonym for sausage since 1884 and accusations that sausage makers used dog meat date to at least 1845.

According to a myth, the use of the complete phrase “hot dog” in reference to sausage was coined by the newspaper cartoonist Thomas Aloysius “TAD” Dorgan around 1900 in a cartoon recording the sale of hot dogs during a New York Giants baseball game at the Polo Grounds. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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9 responses to “How to grill the perfect Hot Dog

  1. Oh man the Chicago dog YUM! Every day should be national hot dog day ;)

  2. Wouldn’t that be lovely? LOL

  3. I was just looking at a Chicago dog over at so it must be a sign from the interwebs that I need to make one!

  4. Yes, do not risk angering the interwebs…

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  7. Jay C

    I never like how my hot dogs come out when I grill them. Happened upon this post, and decided to try it for lunch today. Holy cow this was PERFECT! My hotdogs are usually skinny, burnt, and cold seconds after coming off the grill. Following these steps the dogs were plump (like at least 3x the size of my normal dogs), juicy, and piping hot throughout my lunch. They tasted just like stadium hotdogs. Thank you!

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