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I know the food police have declared war on hot dogs, but I love 'em, in any way, shape or form.  There isn't a hot dog in this world, whether it's baked, boiled, steamed, grilled, or made into road kill that I don't love...  You might say that I love hot dogs, in any way, shape or form...

Special tools:  Grill, indoor, outdoor, charcoal, gas, electric; any grill will work
Preparation time:  About 5 minutes
Cooking time:  About 8 minutes
Yield:  2 hot dogs; recipe easily doubled, quadrupled, etc.; do the math...

2 hot dogs, any variety
2 hot dog buns, any variety
Condiments:  diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced jalapeño peppers, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, chili con carne, mustard, mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, butter
Condiments:  WE DON'T USE KETCHUP! PERIOD... end of sentence! Catsup is for kids!  
Barbecue Sauce:  We prefer Kraft Honey Hickory Smoke, but any variety of barbecue sauce will work 

Heat grill to operating temperature.  Over direct, high heat, place hot dogs on grill.  While hot dogs are cooking, dice onion, pepper, tomato, avocado, and whatever condiments you're using.  Cook hot dogs over high heat for about 5 minutes, until grill marks appear.  Turn the hot dogs over, and apply barbecue sauce; cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until grill marks appear on both sides of hot dog.

Photo:  At a recent family get-together, we're cooking hot dogs, outside,  on the grill, en massé.  We haven't added the barbecue sauce, as yet, but note the attractive grill marks that have appeared on the hot dogs.

Photo:  Believe or not, these hot dogs are cooking inside, on an electric George Foreman grill.  Note the attractive grill marks, which can be implanted on the hot dog, both inside, and outside.

Photo:  Hot dogs are very versatile, as I've applied my own recipe of salsa verde, and shredded Mexican cheese.  The beer in the frosted glass adds to the delightful meal as well...

Photo:  Here's another version of the versatile hot dog, Chicago Style Hot Dogs...

If you really want to "wow" your guests, take a knife and apply butter and mayonnaise to the hot dog buns, and place them face down on the grill.  Cook them for about a minute or two, or until attractive grill marks appear. Believe me, by taking this extra step, you'll wow your guests, as few people take the humble hot dog to this level.

Put the hot dog buns on a plate, apply the hot dog, and the condiments of your choice, and enjoy.  Oh yes, don't forget to add extra barbecue sauce after you've placed the wiener on the bun... the more barbecue sauce, the better.  

Photo:  Grilled hot dogs are dressed up with sliced avocado, diced red onions, diced tomatoes, jalapeños peppers, and the hot dogs are dressed with mustard.  You can't see it, but the buns are coated with butter and mayonnaise, before being placed on the grill.

Photo:  Hot dogs, with dill pickle relish and chili con carne added.  Mmmmm good!

Photo:  Hot dogs with sliced avocados, diced onions, chili con carne, and mustard added.

Photo:  Extra barbecue sauce, shredded Mexican cheese, dill pickle relish, mustard; what a delicious hot dog!

The photos will give you an idea of some of the things we do to dress our hot dogs.  The only way that you can mess up a hot dog is if you burn it...  Whatever you do, you'll love your hot dog!

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