How to cook a Hot Dog and the ultimate condiments!

This year for Memorial Day we will be celebrating with a delicious flavor inducing batch of spicy crawfish but I suppose not everyone is into having craw-dads  or crayfish for their Memorial Day celebration so I thought it would be fun to give you a great Southern inspired Hot Dog recipe to liven up your party and throw one heck of a food bash.

Do you know how to cook a hot dog? No, I don’t mean in the microwave or letting your hubby throw it on the grill. Do you know the “real” method to cook a hot dog? I use the term real lightly considering it is “my”real way and I don’t wan to offend anyone. Hot Dogs are best when they are juicy, plump and full of flavor. No one likes a commercial taste or a soggy dog. Instead of the old boiling technique you have long been accustomed to try this method I found in an old Cooking Encyclopedia for the perfect hot dog. When your done cooking be sure to add one or all of my three southern inspired condiments (recipe below) on top of your hot dog for an AMAZING mouth-watering experience!

Step One: Heat up your outdoor grill to 400 and place your skillet on top of the grill grates with approximately 8 TBSP of water, just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a slight boil and add your hot dogs. (You can of course do this method inside using a skillet and your stove).

Step Two: Allow the hot dogs to cook in the water until the water steams off completely. Because of the small amount of water we have added to the pan the water will not continue to boil but instead like magic float off into the air:)

Step Three: There may be a little bit of water left over in the pan after about 4-5 minutes so just slightly tilt the skillet and pour out the remaining water. Add 1 TBSP of butter per hot dog to the pan along with a dash of celery salt and paprika. A DASH nothing more, nothing less. The butter will turn the hot dogs a nice color and blister them a bit and the seasonings will add an extra special touch. Again, just a dash and nothing more!

Step Four: Now toast your buns and begin piling on the extra goodies as seen below! Oh and you can thank me later!

Now a hot dog wouldn’t be complete with all the fixings and I have three interesting and surprisingly fantastic ways to dress your hot dog in perfection.

Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Chutney

First up my Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Chutney. It is perfection. The ultimate combination of sweet and heat that is so refreshing and can easily be transformed into a dip or salsa-but be careful- it is hot!

Creamy Jalapeño Coleslaw

Next is my Creamy Jalapeño Coleslaw. Beyond the shredded cabbage and choice of dressing there are so many variations you can mix up with your typical coleslaw recipe. You can use apples, grapes, almonds, crunchy almonds, fruit and even beans and corn. My favorite way though is a nice creamy version of a jalapeño coleslaw I had at a little hole in the wall restaurant my husband and I ate at one year in San Antonio. Tangy vinegar, jalapeños and a mayo-horseradish mixture is all you need for a veggie induced condiment sure to please.

Spicy Avocado Hummus

Last but not least, my Spicy Avocado Hummus spread. It is out of this world delicious and I usually tend to eat it up before its even time to slap it on my bread. It has to be one of the easiest ways to add the perfect amount of flavor to a boring hot dog, sandwich or burger. Mix mashed avocados with ground chickpeas , lemon juice and garlic and a few other seasonings and you have a spread or dip that will leave people begging for more.


Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Chutney

(New Orleans Cooking by Emeril)

1 tablespoon butter, unsalted

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups small diced pineapple

1/2 cup small diced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon minced habanero

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions. Season with salt and saute for 2 minutes. Add the pineapple, red bell pepper and habanero. Continue to saute until the pineapple is soft, about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vinegar and the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water and whisk until smooth. Stir the slurry into the pineapple mixture and return mixture to a boil. Continue to cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

Creamy Jalapeno Coleslaw

1 bag of coleslaw mix

3 TBSP of apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup mayo

2 TBSP prepared horseradish

1/2 tsp salt and pepper each

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried cilantro

1 tsp sugar

2 jalapeños (from a jar) (pulsed in food processor until nice and juicy and minced)

Mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Spicy Avocado Hummus

2 ripe avocados, cut in half, pitted and peeled

1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 TBSP olive oil

6 ounces of chickpeas, drained

juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp tahini paste

1/2 to 1  tsp cayenne pepper (depends on how hot you want it)

1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you like it)

1/2 tsp cajun seasoning

Place all the ingredients in the food processor and turn it on low for at least 60 seconds and let all the magic has happened.



  1. Cool Gal

    I love a good hot dog. My mister, too. He LOVES ’em. I am going to give this method a try and serve them with the jalapeno cole slaw. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon lunch.

    Delicious! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Cooking Creation

    Woohooo! These lovely photos are getting me excited for all the picnicing I’m about to do this weekend! The coleslaw and hummus sound amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Krystal D

    We are doing a cowgirl party for my daughter and making hot dogs. I’ve been trying to think of something else to serve with them other than mustard and ketchup. Thanks!

  4. velva

    These hot dogs rock! Love it. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

    No doubt the food spread for this holiday weekend at your house is going to be amazing. Enjoy.


  5. Lucy@The Sweet Touch

    I’ve never seen this technique but anything involving butter must be good, can’t wait to give it a try! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I love hummus and needless to say I will be making this recipe this weekend!! All of them look delicious but I think that the hummus and cole slaw would be my favorites!! Thanks o much for the recipes because I really look forward to making them!!

  7. Maris (In Good Taste)

    These are really fantastic recipes you have shared with us! I am not a fan of hot dogs but I must tell you that you actually succeeded in making me want one very much! Awesome pictures!!!

  8. Shawn

    Definitely trying these…I can already taste your slaw on a chili dog!

  9. flip flops & pearls

    WHATEVER! get outta here…. avocado hummus?? 2 of my fav things and I have never heard of this before. I will so be making it like, as soon as I go get some avocados! I’m off to print this:)

    I hope your holiday weekend is filled with nothing but blessings friend,

  10. yummychunklet

    I am IN for the spicy avocado hummus! And, what a great way to cook/grill hot dogs! I’ve never seen that before!

  11. Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons*

    I don’t like hotdogs, but I do like bratwurst! I bet I could use the same steps, and all of these condiments look delicious. This would be a great meal for entertaining and impressing friends with culinary skills. 😉 In fact, I’m going to forward the post to a friend who’s hosting a Memorial Day cookout!

  12. Cyndie

    How on earth did you decide to do that chutney. It sounds fabulous and perfect for seafood too! AMAZING pictures

  13. daphne

    I made spicy avocado hummus too!! it’s sooo addictive. How did you manage to make a humble hot dog look so classy? amazing gal!

  14. Amanda

    Mmmm hot dogs! I haven’t tried that method of cooking them, but I definitely want to give it a try! And the fixings look great! Much more tastier than the old stand by of ketchup and mustard. Great recipes for the summer!

  15. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    What?! All my life my friend’s mom has been cooking her hot dogs in butter and I was always like, “That’s so ghetto…” while politely declining her hot dogs. Totally didn’t know she was doing it right all this time. Sigh. I’ve been missing out, lol!

  16. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Love the condiments you’ve made! Have a great long weekend!!

  17. Erica

    hooray for memorial day and grilling 🙂 I honestly …am not a hot dog fan. BUT every great once in a while, I will crave one! My Mom always boiled them growing up, but I like this method. And Jalapeño Coleslaw? Holy goodness! Hope you have a great weekend

  18. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    Wow! Those look unbelievable! Mm mmm!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  19. Megan

    I’ll take one with extra guac please & thank you! 🙂

  20. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    That avocado hummus looks to die for!

  21. Mary

    This is perfect timing. My nine year old has her b/day party tomorrow – and yes hot dogs are on the menu – so thanks for this!!
    Mary x

  22. Suzy

    I don’t think I’ve EVER wanted a hot dog so much in my life!

  23. WeKnowStuff

    Wow! I never knew there was a perfect way to cook a hot dog, really nest! Hot dogs are my favorite summer time food and I don’t care what they are made of! I can’t wait to try this method – imagine making a hot dog even yummier! (And the sides look awesome!)


  24. Shea

    This is a great post–I only eat hot dogs if my husband throws them on the grill! I guess I should know some other ways to cook them! And avocado hummus? Yum!

  25. Rachel

    Holy Guacamole! I never thought of those ultimate condiments – how delish!

  26. Rosina

    Hi 🙂 I’m just hopping over from Roz’s and I can’t wait to try your avocado hummus! I love making fresh guacamole but will definitely have to try it with the chickpeas 🙂

  27. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    When I’m not grilling them, I cook my hotdogs in a skillet. I’ve never added butter to them though- I’ll have to try that. Your condiments look amazing- can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  28. Warren Baldwin

    May just try this after church today.

  29. Torrie @ a place to share...

    YES- another simple/basic recipe post!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just had Ryan read this, and next time we have hot dogs, we’re doing it this way!

    (love that avocado hummus recipe!)

  30. Roz

    I’ll take a hot dog over a burger any day . . . and my gosh, your selection of condiments really take these babies over-the-top! I’d have one of each, thank you very much! 😀 Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend!!!!! Roz

  31. Peachy Keen

    I’m a total sucker for a good hot dog…it’s one of my secret shames! But, these look so gourmet that I wouldn’t be at all embarrassed to enjoy one with pride!

  32. Candace

    Did you really just make me crave hot dogs? Seriously? Those condiments would be good on just about anything and on hot dogs? Even better. I married into a hot dog loving family. I’m going to bring these out at the next gathering. You will gain many admirers. Guar-an-teed!

  33. Joanne

    I haven’t eaten a hot dog in YEARS but probably because they weren’t cooked properly. Thanks for these tips! And all of your toppings sound AMAZING. They would make the hot dog experience, for sure.

  34. erica@fashionmeetsfood

    I just emailed this link to my best friend. She cannot cook a hot dog if her life depended on it. One year in college she actually made one explode not sure how but she did it.


  35. ModernMom

    It’s 10:30am here and now all I want to eat is a Hot Dog! lol Looks delish:)

  36. Denine Anderson-Regan

    Coleslaw on a dog – I have to try this. I keep hearing that it’s the best, but every time I make slaw, I forget to slap it on a dog. Perhaps dinner this week? Yum!

  37. Greg

    Those have to be the prettiest hot dogs I’ve seen.I’d eat that guac one first.

  38. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to sharing recipes with you.
    🙂 Mandy

  39. val

    The hotdog with the chutney has sent me over the edge. It’s 7am and I’m about to drive to the market and eat some dogs for breakfast!!! LOL

  40. Alea Milham

    You have taken hot dogs to a whole new level! I am inspired to take a new look at hot dogs. Thanks for sharing recipes that make a hot dog a “grown up” treat with the Hearth and soul Hop.

  41. Linda

    I believe there will be alot of people making hot dogs after reading this post! I know I am just to try out your technique!

  42. emily @ the happy home

    oh, my gosh. that avocado hummus? i need it made in gross so i can always have it in the fridge.

  43. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I never considered grilling a hot dog in a pan. Brilliant! And that avocado hummus, I could just eat it by the spoonful. I may just do that, actually.

  44. kankana

    I LOVE HOT DOGS and i love to try new sauces with it all the time. This is excellent and Thanks for sharing this post with hearth and soul hop

  45. Khara

    Wow! These look great. I’ll have to suggest we give it a try to the hubs.

  46. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    YUM, just in time for summer, and thanks for linking with the hearth n soul hop!

  47. wizzythestick

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love grown up toppings like these on my hot dogs.

  48. Roxanne

    wow! i must try that hummus!

  49. Christopher E P

    Hi There,

    Just wanted to drop by and say keep up the great work on your site.


    Christopher E P

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