How to Make a Seattle Hot Dog
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 6
Summer brings hot temperatures and outdoor gatherings. It’s also a time of increased risk of food poisoning. Summertime staples like hamburgers and hot dogs can be harmful if not fully cooked. But how can you tell if your main meat dish is ready and safe to serve? Using the meat thermometer is the only way to make sure your grilling favorites are cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature.It is a great twist on the classic Seattle Dog. Turn a meek hot dog into a beast that will satisfy the most extreme hunger.
- 1 package all beef hotdogs
- 1 package bacon
- 6 split top hotdog buns
- 1 can sauerkraut
- 1 large sweet onion, thinly slices
- Mustard of your choice
- Pickled jalapeños
- cream cheese spread
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp sugar
Steps for Seattle Hot Dogs:
Place hot dogs on the grill and cook to internal temp on the ChefTemp Finaltouch X10 to 160º. I like mine with lots of char, my wife would call them burnt. While hot dogs are on the grill, thinly slice 1 sweet onion.
One hot dogs are grilled remove from grill and roll in bacon.
Secure the ends of the hot dogs with a toothpick.
Set the hot dogs aside until the fryer is ready. You can make sure the oil is the correct temp using the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10, if the oil is not hot enough the hot dogs will not become crisp.
Add onions and 1 tbsp of butter to skillet and sauté until onions start to become translucent. At the last few minutes of cooking, add a tsp of sugar to help caramelize the onions. Once done remove from heat and set aside.
Fry hotdogs in the deep fryer for 2-3 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
This will give the hot dogs a great snap to the casing.
Remove hot dogs and let drain.
Remove the toothpicks from the hot dogs.
Drain sauerkraut and push out as much liquid as possible. Then in a microwave safe bowl cook for 2 minutes on high.
To steam buns , wet a tea towel or paper towel and ring out the water.
Place buns on a microwave safe plate and wrap with moist towel .
Microwave buns for 30 seconds. Spread a layer of cream cheese on both side of steamed bun.
Place a layer of caramelized onions on the bottom of the bun. Place bacon-wrapped fried hot dog on top of the caramelized onions. Spread a layer of your choice of mustard on both sides of the hot dog. I like to use stoneground mustard. Top hot dog with a layer of warm sauerkraut.
Finish hot dogs with pickled jalapeños.
Keep in mind that there is a myth that since hot dogs are pre-cooked you can eat them raw. The fact is a hot dog must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160º. It’s a common misconception that hot dogs can be eaten right out of the package like lunch meat. According to the FDA, packaged hot dogs can be contaminated with Listeria , which can be killed by reheating the hot dogs. To keep my family safe I use a digital thermometer , the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 to make sure they are fully reheated to the suggested temperature. Cooking is something that my family does together and enjoying these moments is what I cherish.
Everyone knows the Chicago Dog . You’ve probably heard of the Tucson’s Sonora Dog, but haven’t been to Seattle you have probably never heard of the Seattle Dog. One bite was all it took and I was hooked. The standard is a hot dog or polish sausage with cream cheese. What else is on it depends where you get it. Marshawn Lynch and his Beast Mode was the inspiration for this Beast of Seattle Dog. Don’t settle for the minimum when you can got Beast Mode and have it all.
The Beast Mode Seattle Dog is an all beef hot dog, grilled, wrapped in bacon, fried and then topped with caramelized onions, cream cheese, sauerkraut , mustard and pickled jalapeños.
The Finaltouch X10 thermometer from ChefsTemp gives an accurate reading not only for the inside of food but for surface temperatures as well. The diversity of the thermometer’s usage is second to none compared to other thermometers. By getting a reading within 1 second, the Finaltouch X10 from ChefsTemp is prepared to take on any task it is given.
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