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Spiral Cut Hot Dogs

GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,080
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum

Not sure where I first saw this, but I remember seeing it in quite a few places on the net back in June and July. We don't eat a lot of hot dogs, but after the ranch last weekend, we had quite a few we needed to get rid of so I thought I would give it a go. The thinking behind it is:

1.It allows the hot dog to cook up straight as an arrow allowing for an even char on all sides.
2.They fit in a bun perfectly.
3.There is more surface area so you get more crispy, caramelized meaty goodness.
4.The threads form little crevices so chunky condiments like onions and relish don’t slide around.
5.It looks cool so it makes a great conversation piece.

Start off by skewering a hot dog. Then take a knife and cut the hot dog diagonally while rolling it away from you.

I like a bit of chili on my dogs, so I threw a cast iron skillet on the to get it warmed up.

Then the dogs

After a few minutes

I plated mine up with some crinkle cut fries, one dog got chili, cheese and mustard, the other got sauerkraut and mustard.

Stacie didn't want hot dogs. Instead she went with weenies and sauerkraut, something she grew up with as a kid. Not sure if its a Czech thing or not. Sometimes she uses brats or sausage. Anyway, cast iron skillet  with a bit of butter, throw in some chopped dogs/brats/sausage, allow to brown up, dump in some sauerkraut and allow that to warm up for a bit. Quick, easy, cheap food.

I thought the spiral cut did allow for more char and I was able to get more condiments on my dog without them falling out the back end. Being chili, that may or may not have been a good thing.   All in all, I think it was a successful technique and it only takes a few minutes. I'd probably do it again, not that we eat a lot of hot dogs. Anyway, hope everybody has a great weekend with lots of grilling in store.  :D

Richardson, Texas

Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings



  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,358
    dang, with the cooler weather coming in, that dog and kraut looks great......

    t ACGP, Inc.
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    edited October 2012
    Cool looking dawgs!  When I looked at the picture, I had a sudden urge to open a bottle of wine for some reason.  Must have been the shape. :P

    That better be Wolf Brand Chili, Tex.

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • TonyATonyA Posts: 566
    If  you are into dogs and kraut .. look up choucroute garnie - it is a French Alsacian dish of cured meats, potato, and saurkraut.  Recently, I've topped it with capers, red onion, and fresh tarragon - there aren't a lot of rules.
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,742
    looks good to me
    Seattle, WA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,505
    You did good Jason. Very cool
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Man, those dogs look good. I think I'll try that next time we have dogs.
    Large, Medium

    Heflin, AL
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    Looks great Griff. You have a knack for making even a simple cook look like a gourmet meal.
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • ZickZick Posts: 171
    Another cool idea! Thanks. My 7 year old said "now that is a hot dog"
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,387
    looks great Griffin  ,i've done very similar but added perk up you pork rub to them before cooking everyone loved them in fact the other night we had dogs and i forgot to add the rub everyone said they weren't  as good without the rub didn't realize i raised hotdog critics lol 
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
  • GaryLangeGaryLange Posts: 284
    What no Beans and Weenies?
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,198
    Nice idea with hot dogs, grandkids will love them. 
    Have you ever tried this with brats? If we are direct grilling them they pretty much always split, this way they split where you want them too. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • JalopyBobJalopyBob Posts: 171
    That does make a simple dog look much more appealing!
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,080
    @Skiddymarket - I don't think I would try this with brats. Not the raw kind that need to be cooked. Too much juice would drip out leaving you with a dry brat. Now if you mean the pre-cooked kind...that might work. Honestly don't know.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • MO_EgginMO_Eggin Posts: 133
    Tried this out over the weekend - came out great, with a big thumbs up from SWMBO.  Thanks for the tip!
    LBGE, St. Louis, MO
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,080
    Glad you liked it @MO_Eggin. Always a good thing to get a thumbs up from SWMBO.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 7,091
    Looks great Griff.  A buddy of mine sent me a link to these.  He tried them with brats and dogs and the said the brats just fell apart,but weenies were really good. 

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • TonyATonyA Posts: 566
    I tried the spiral this weekend on a keilbasa .. I had way too much angle on the blade and I was so focused on what I was doing at the knife, I didn't realize what I had done until it was too late .. ultimately I made about 6 rotations .. OOPS.
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