This is a simple, fun idea for your upcoming 4th of July weekend. I had a craving for hot dogs and since I often give in to my cravings, I starting trying to think of a delicious ways to dress up a hot dog for dinner. A bacon cheeseburger came to mind and I thought why not incorporate those flavors into a hot dog.
I almost always buy Oscar Mayer Beef Bun Length Hot Dogs. I like that they are the same length as the bun, and love that there are the same number of hot dogs as hot dog buns. (Why they all aren’t the same, I’ll never understand.) The Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Wheat Hot Dog Buns are my favorite. There’s 2 grams of fiber in each bun and it makes me feel like my family’s eating a little better.
We were out of propane for the BBQ, so I baked the hot dogs in the oven, but these would be perfect on the grill for a 4th of July BBQ too. I served mine with mustard and ketchup, but I think they’d be great with your favorite BBQ sauce as well.
Wishing everyone a great 4th of July weekend. Any fun plans?
8 hot dogs
1/2 cup shredded cheese
16 slices bacon, pre-cooked
8 hot dog buns, toasted
Preheat oven to 450º. Slice each hot dog lengthwise down the middle almost, but not all the way through. Fill the pocket with a little shredded cheese. (I used Shredded Colby Monterey Jack.)
Wrap the hot dog with two slices of thin-sliced, pre-cooked bacon. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary. (I used Costco Hormel frozen fully cooked bacon that I thawed in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that it was easier to wrap around the hot dogs.)
Bake approximately 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon and hot dog are hot.
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