National Hot Dog Day

Ever wonder about the history of the hot dog? I have, so I did a little research. Apparently, it’s difficult to determine and there are many stories, but most likely the hot dog originated in Germany and was known as a dachshund sausage. Vendors would yell, “Get your dachshund sausages while they are hot!” Since dachshund is also the name of a breed of dogs, the sausages became known as hot dogs.

The Germans brought their dachshund sausages to America and they became a huge hit! These wonderful sausages are perfect for summer picnics, backyard bbqs and easy weeknight dinners.

If you love hot dogs but are looking for ways to take your plain old dog to a new level, here are six great options for you! These recipes are so great that you might just want to create a hot dog bar and let your guests have at it! Make sure you grill up plenty of dogs because they will not stop at just one.

The Spicy Rueben. Top your hot dog with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and jalapeño peppers for a fresh kick of Rueben flavor. Check out the recipe here.

The California Crush. A dog topped with lettuce, tomato, avacodo and Vidalia® Onion Dressing … this hot dog just might become my new favorite! Check out the recipe here.

Bourbon Bacon Hot Dog. I’m going to need you to sit down for this one: bacon-wrapped hot dogs, topped with BLT toppings and baked onion rings. This is hot delicousness! Check out the recipe here.

Sweet Pepper Dog. Take a deep breath and imagine a hot dog smothered in cream cheese, caramelized onions, crumbled bacon and Sweet Jalapeño Pepper Jam. Is your mouth watering, yet? Check out the recipe here.

I’ll admit, I had no idea how much I loved hot dogs until trying these fun new versions. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely craving a hot dog right now. I think I’ll just go ahead and fix some dogs for dinner tonight. I hope you do, too. Enjoy!

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