Who doesn’t love a good ol’ hot dog during the summer? As I ask that I’m sure there’s some of you who said “Nah, not me.” I think that the love/hate of hot dogs is 50/50. I believe the reasoning of not knowing what’s in them aside from nitrates nails it right on the head. Hey, I get it. It’s one of those ever living mysteries where you don’t question it, you just enjoy it. Well, what if I was to tell you there was an all natural hot dog that was nitrate free now available in the Atlanta area. Would you try it?
Before I reveal this hot dog, I wanna share with you a tidbit. Did you know that eighty percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in animal agriculture? 80%! The vast majority are used for non-therapeutic purposes, such as promoting animal growth and compensating for the effects of unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Aside from being depressing, think about all those unnecessary antibiotics you’re putting into your bodies! That’s why I’m excited to share with you about AppleGates’ Organic All Beef Hot Dogs!
AppleGate’s Organic All Beef Hot Dogs are antibiotic and nitrite free, made with no shortcuts and only natural ingredients. (Have I grabbed your interest yet?) AppleGate makes sure their animals are never given antibiotics, hormones or artificial growth promotants. Their products are made with natural and organic ingredients. They conduct their farming practices with integrity and treat their animals and land with respect. So, having that said, do you feel better about having AppleGates All Organic Beef Hot Dogs?
If I’ve got you sold, great! If not, keep reading about how to make these babies tasty on the grill. That’s sure to get you rev’ed up to go to the store!
Before I go into sharing this awesome hot dog recipe I use, let me share some tips with you to make sure your “grilling out” is a success.
- Tin foil is your friend! Use it to wrap around fragile meats such as fish. Also, you can use it to make packets filled with your favorite veggies. Just cut up veggies, add seasonings/butter and close up. Throw directly on the grill and it will cook slowly while the rest of your goodies cook.
- Use a meat thermometer. Meat gets done on the outside so much faster than on the inside. I am the WORST about thinking the meat is done before it’s done. Salmonella and E coli make playgrounds on raw chicken and beef. Don’t be a victim!
- Don’t be scared of spices. Oregano and basil are great to start with.
- Use different rubs or create your own to create a variety of tastes!
- When it comes to hot dogs, I just throw them on the grill. Boiling then grilling can cause your hot dog to have a rubbery skin and who wants that?!
Grilling out should be fun! Don’t be scared to experiment!
Now, on to this awesome recipe. This recipe I found courtesy of SimplyRecipies that I absolutely love! This would make a great opportunity to snag up some AppleGate All Organic Beef Hot Dogs and have an awesome meal!
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Hot Dogs Recipe
- 1 teaspoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 4 large hot dogs
- 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, cut into long sticks
- 2 Tbsp chopped onion
- 1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut, drained, roughly chopped
- 4 slices bacon
- Vegetable oil
- 4 long hot dog buns
1 Prepare your grill for direct medium high heat.
2 Mix together the ketchup and mustard in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sauerkraut with the chopped onion, set aside. Slice open the hot dogs, down the center, lengthwise, forming a deep pocket in each, but not cutting all the way through. Coat the inside of each hot dog with the mustard ketchup mixture.
3 Place a strip of cheese deep within the pocket of each hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and onions. Encapsulate the cheese at the ends with the sauerkraut mixture as well, so that no cheese is exposed (otherwise it will drip out when cooking).
4 Wrap a strip of bacon around each stuffed hot dog, securing with toothpicks at each end. Make sure you wrap tight enough so that the stuffing stays in, but not so tight so that when the hot dog expands will cooking the bacon would tear.
5 Coat your grill surface with vegetable oil so that the hot dogs don’t stick. If you have a grill screen (a screen with smaller holes so that small pieces of whatever you’re cooking don’t fall through the grill), you can use it, just coat it with vegetable oil first and pre-heat for a couple of minutes. Place the stuffed hot dogs on the grill, stuffing side down. Grill for 2 minutes, until the bacon on that side is cooked, turn the hot dogs a quarter turn and grill for a couple more minutes. Continue to grill for a few minutes each on all sides until the bacon is cooked. Cover the grill in between turnings to help with the cooking.
6 During the last minute of cooking, open up the hot dog buns and place them open-side down on the grill to lightly toast.
7 Remove the hot dogs and buns from the grill. Remove the toothpicks fro the hot dogs, place them in the buns and serve.
Makes 4 stuffed hot dogs.
Tasty, tasty huh? I tell ya, the cheese and bacon just bring out the flavors! If you’re not a fan of sauerkraut, that’s ok. Just exclude it and you’ll never know it was missing! It’s still so so good!
Now go out and grab some AppleGate All Organic Beef Hot Dogs to cook on the grill this weekend!
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I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Applegate blogging program and was compensated as such. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Always has been. Always will be. To read more posts on these yummy hot dogs, click here.