Ingredients for servings
grilled hot dogs
grilled brioche buns
white cheddar cheese
grilled corn or Mexican corn salad
pickled green beans
baked beans see note
dill pickled cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
spicy brown mustard
buffalo wing sauce
To make the hot dog bar an easy process, make a list of all the toppings you’d like to have out. You can chop, cut and grate all of them the night before, place them in separate bowls or jars, then cover and store them in the fridge until it’s go-time.
Stir together about 1.5 cups corn kernels with 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, a pinch of salt and pepper, a 0.25 teaspoon chili powder, juice from 0.5 lime and 2 to 3 tbsp crumbled cotija A good substitute for fresh cotija cheese is Feta. A good substitute for aged cotija cheese is Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese. This can be made the night before, but is probably best 2 to 3 hours before.
Toss together 2 cups shredded green cabbage with 1 grated apple, 1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and juice from 0.5 lime. This can be made the night before as it can get even more flavor in the fridge.
jalapeño-apple ‘slaw + spicy brown mustard
grilled pineapple + BBQ sauce + diced shallot
white cheddar+ caramelized onions + ketchup
guacamole + mexican corn salad
shredded lettuce + chopped tomatoes + crispy bacon + ranch dressing
celery leaves + buffalo wing sauce + ranch dressing + crumbled blue cheese + chives + scallions
dill pickle + sweet pickle relish + campari tomatoes + sport peppers + yellow mustard + poppy seed sprinkle
Grilled Corn Salad
The Jalapeño-Apple Slaw Dog
The Hawaiian Dog
THe Caramelized Onion & Cheddar Dog
The Grilled Mexican Street Corn Dog
The BLT Dog
The Buffalo Dog
The Chicago Dog
For cookouts, estimate about 1.5 hot dogs per person. For toppings, they will differ depending on what’s popular in your family. I’d say as long as you have 1 cup of most toppings (for instance, you don’t need an entire cup of bacon! But you do need a cup of cheese and tomatoes), you’re good. Use your judgement!
Don’t be afraid to get crazy - baked beans and mac and cheese actually taste amazing on hot dogs. Make it a carb party.