Hot dog! It's Baseball Season

April 8, 2009 Grilling tips

  • Know thy grill - Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil or use cooking spray before heating to prevent food from sticking and to ease clean-up
  • Get the "smoky" flavor - If you prefer your grilled meats to have a smoky taste, keep the grill covered while cooking
  • Don't lose the juice - Use tongs, rather than a fork to gently turn franks, and handle as little as possible. DEFINITELY DO NOT CUT THE HOT DOG. Also, avoid pushing down or overturning the meat or you will squeeze out the natural juices and flavor.
  • Use lump charcoal - This form of charcoal is very pure and clean, and there are no foreign substances or impurities that will alter the flavor of your franks. Allow at least 30 minutes for the coals to reach the proper glowing white-ash stage before you begin grilling. A few mesquite chips will bring terrific flavor to anything on the grill Think safety - Keep your grill away from shrubbery, paper products and other flammable objects, and be sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy
  • Don't overcook!!
  • Hot Dog Etiquette

  • Do not put toppings between the hot dog and the bun - always "dress the dog," not the bun

  • - Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper
  • Do not use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog -- paper is always preferable - paper napkins AND paper plates
  • Do eat hot dogs on buns with your hands - utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns
  • Do not put ketchup on a hot dog after the age of 18
  • Do lick off condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog - do not wash Do not ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs

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