Hot dogs are probably the simplest of all meats to grill out – after all, all we have to do is slit ’em down the middle and throw them on the grill for a few minutes, right?
What makes Texas hot dogs so great is what you add to them.
My advice to you, if you plan to grill hot dogs any time soon, is to open your refrigerator door, remove all the vegetables, pickles, condiments, fruits, cheese. . . pretty much everything but the buttermilk. . . cut them up small, pour in a 2-oz jar of pretty any Texas Pepper Jelly or Rib Candy, and stir-fry them in a pan on your grill. When the hot dogs are done, put ’em on the buns and spoon the mixture over them, plus a slice of cheese. Any kind of cheese. Maybe, even, many kinds of cheese.
Experiment with hot dogs. Cover them with cole slaw. Make sloppy joes. Pour diced onions and pepper over them, and add some pepper jelly.
Grilling outdoors is an excellent way to get your kids to eat vegetables, too. There’s just something about hot dogs cooked outdoors on the grill that makes everybody hungry and eager to try new ways to serve and eat.