“This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.”
My family loves hot dogs. They really do. Now that my family quickly grew from a family of 6 to a family of 10, I like them because we can have a quick dinner in no time. If you are like me, and you are grilling hot dogs, you might like your hot dogs burnt. I meant, the burnt ones are the best right? Well, the rest of my family doesn’t agree.
The kids will turn their nose up at a burnt hot dog. I thought it would be fun to give you tips on how to grill hot dogs – perfectly every time.
How to Grill Hot Dogs
1. Star with a quality hot dog.
I showed you in my 5 tips to throw a Summer party on a budget post on how much I love Ball Park Park’s Finest Hot dogs and why they are my first choice. If you are grilling hot dogs this weekend with the family make sure you run to and pick some up for you family.The cheaper hot dogs will put off more grease and will make flames in your grill which will result in burnt hot dogs. You will not have that problem with these Ball Park Park’s Finest Hot dogs – not to mention they just taste better.
2. Turn the heat down.
Hot dogs cook really fast, but if you want to have those pretty lines on them and not burnt to a crisp you need to turn the flame down to low. This will allow the hot dogs to cook evenly without burning the outside.
3. Roll Hot dogs on the grill – don’t flip them
We used to flip hot dogs with tongs, but when you flip them you move them too much and then the “pretty lines” won’t appear. Instead, roll hot dogs. Just place the hot dogs on the grill over the grill plate lines.
Then after they have started cooking, use tongs to slightly push them. After a few more minutes, push them again, so all sides get cooked evenly. You should never lift the hot dogs until you are ready to pick them up and place them on the bun.
Basically you are doing what those fancy hot dog rollers do that you can buy here or you might see at your local gas station or concession stand. Instead of paying for a hot dog roller, you are just doing it yourself.
4. Use a hot dog grilling tools
You can actually purchase a hot dog roller for the grill. For just $15 you can have a fun contraption and never have to worry about it. That way if you are cooking other foods (like our yummy grilled corn on the cob) you can tend to them and not have to worry about getting crispy hot dogs.
There is even a big selection of hot dog grilling baskets that you can use to grill delicious hot dogs. These are even cheaper, starting at just $6, but you will still have to keep a close eye on those dogs.
5. Heat up your buns on the grill.
There is nothing fun about having a delicious and perfectly grilled hot dog, only to put it on a cold bun. You don’t want to turn on your oven and heat up your kitchen just for some warm buns. Instead cook them on the grill. Simply place the entire package of hot dog buns in a foil – making sure you cover them completely.
Right when your dog dogs are about done, place the buns (covered in foil) on the top rack.
Allow them to sit in the covered grill for about 3-5 minutes and they will be heated up perfectly for a delicious hot dog.
6. Don’t skimp on toppings.
Here are few fun and frugal ideas:
- Homemade ketchup
- homemade relish
- homemade bbq sauce
- mexican cheese dip
I hope these easy tips help you this Summer and fall to grillBall Park Park’s Finest Hot dogs, perfectly and beautifully every time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ball Park. The opinions and text are all mine.