Yum Dogs

By • June 9, 2011 • 81 Comments



Author Notes: Of late, I have been obsessed with danger dogs, the over-the-top street snack from Tijuana. It's a hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep fried, nestled in a bun and topped with grilled onions, jalapeños, mayonnaise, and any number of other condiments like ketchup, mustard, refried beans, and cheese.

Thinking about my dream danger dog got out of control really fast. I could see using all of the above ingredients plus avocado, tomatoes, and sour cream. Who makes a bun that big? Anyway, I started thinking about what an Asian-inspired danger dog would look like, and again, my thoughts ran wild. Reigning myself in a bit, I came up with this recipe. But here's a list of things that I considered but decided not to use in this recipe; maybe you'd want to give some of them a try (I probably will!):

ketchup
mustard (Dijon or even a wee bit of spicy Chinese mustard or wasabi)
sweet and sour sauce
grilled shiitake mushrooms
kim chee
natto
cucumbers
seaweed flakes
bonito flakes
toasted panko
sesame seeds
daikon
napa cabbage
water chestnuts

I cook my dogs in a cast iron pan, but if you want to go the extra, deep frying mile, more power to you. And don't forget to make extra Sriracha mayonnaise to go with the french fries you're going to want on the side! - vvvanessa
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Food52 Review: What's more suited to street eating than a hot dog? Not much. Vvvanessa has elevated her dog to a higher plane, first swathing it in bacon, then nestling it on a bed of tangy, spicy beansprout slaw. The sprouts are softened into submission with a handy salting technique, then tossed with sweet shredded carrot, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and rice wine vinegar. The acid in the slaw cuts through the salt and the fattiness of the hot dog, and a sriracha-laced mayo stands in for more quotidien condiments. A shower of roasted peanuts and some chopped scallions make this Yum Dog as pretty as it is tasty. - A&MA&M

Makes 6 dogs

Bean Sprout Slaw

  • 1 pound (approximatey 4 big handfuls) bean sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large carrot, grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, very thinly sliced (keep some of the ribs and seeds if you'd like your slaw a little spicier)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large colander, thoroughly wash the bean sprouts, then shake off the excess water. Set the colander over a bowl or in the sink. Toss the salt with the bean sprouts to distribute evenly, then let the liquid drain from the sprouts, turning them periodically. Let the sprouts drain for at least 30 minutes. Their volume should decrease significantly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sprouts and the rest of the ingredients. Adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Yum Dogs

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or aioli
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 6 good quality hot dogs of choice (I use a very juicy organic chicken dog)
  • 6 slices good quality bacon of choice (I have found maple bacon particularly luscious)
  • 6 hot dog buns or rolls, preferably ones that are large and sturdy
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  1. Combine the mayonnaise and Sriracha and keep covered in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Score each hot dog a few times. Wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon, starting at one end and corkscrewing it around to the other. If you find the bacon isn't adhering, you can use a wooden toothpick to pin it to the ends of hot dog.
  3. Cook the dogs, rotating to cook the bacon thoroughly on all sides. Depending on the thickness of your meats, this will probably take 2-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the hot dogs to a newspaper- or paper towel-lined platter. If you used toothpicks, remove them.
  4. Depending on the size or density of your buns (tee hee hee), you might need to hollow them out a little or not. Spread each bun generously with the Sriracha mayonnaise, then fill them with the Bean Sprout Slaw (I use tongs to gently squeeze out excess liquid).
  5. Place the dogs on the slaw and top with scallions and peanuts. Then open wide! It's a mouthful!

Tags: Asian, bacon, hot dog

Comments (81) Questions (1)

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9 months ago MariahK

I had to use up some freezer burned hot dogs tonight and i thought the flavors of this would be strong enough to make them edible at least. It wasn't just edible, it was so good! Hubby didn't want to try it because it sounded "weird", but when he tried a bite of mine he wished he'd made his the same way!

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9 months ago vvvanessa

Haha! I'm so glad you liked it and that you converted hubby to boot!

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about 1 year ago Lilbird

Great! Reminds me of Japadog :)

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9 months ago vvvanessa

I'd love to try one someday!

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over 1 year ago Nuala

Thank you!! One more quick question-- do you have a particular brand of hot dog you like to use for these?

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about 1 year ago vvvanessa

Sorry-- I just now saw this. Any good-quality dog should work. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so if I can, I'll get the dogs from Prather Ranch. Sometimes I'll get turkey dogs, though I can't think of the brand. I hope they worked out for you!

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over 1 year ago Nuala

These look amazing! Ever tried making them on a grill? Would love to try them for a backyard bbq.

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over 1 year ago vvvanessa

Thanks! Yes, it totally works on a grill. I did them over medium heat and used toothpicks (soaked in water first) to pin the bacon to the dog. I hope you like them!

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about 2 years ago vlinh

this looks amazing!!

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over 1 year ago vvvanessa

thank you!

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about 2 years ago vlinh

this looks amazing!!

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about 2 years ago vvvanessa

thanks!

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over 2 years ago Debbie Lassiter

I made this last night and it was so good that my daughter hugged me!

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over 2 years ago vvvanessa

i can think of no greater compliment. thank you!

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about 3 years ago Carrie's Cookin'

Love it. And love the cast iron cooking method, a close second to frying. Yum yum yum!!!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thanks!

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about 3 years ago HungryPJ

Inspired!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thanks!

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about 3 years ago shef

i'm betting it tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks !

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

why thank you! care to plunk down some cash?

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about 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

I absolutely love the bright, crunchy slaw here! Congrats!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you! i ate a fair amount of it on its own because a gal can only eat so many bacon-wrapped hot dogs, sadly.

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about 3 years ago mcs3000

Just voted - yum!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you!

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about 3 years ago Anna "newbie"

I've had fun trying several variations in the past, but you have taken it far beyond my imagination!..Kudos. Your title is sooo appropo. Congrats for making the finals. Best,

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you! hot dogs are a great canvas : )

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about 3 years ago Mabelle53

I'm glad I saw these. I don't eat "hot dogs" very often, primarily because I get bored with the same old, same old. These really DO elevate the 'common' hot dog to a much higher status, adding some zing, pizzazz and healthy substance. I love the idea of the slaw and with jalapenos, what's better? Great recipe. I hope you win!!!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you for your encouragement! i'm sure the bean sprouts cancel out any ill-effects of bacon hot dogs : )

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about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Great job!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thanks!

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about 3 years ago enbe

Perfect! I wanted so badly to put Tucson's version of this dog the "Sonoran Hot Dog" up for this contest but considering that I'm a vegetarian, I would have been totally guessing. I do sometimes wish I at meat so I could try out the crazy condiments the put on SHDs.

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

i've heard about those! i've yet to try one, but it's on my radar.

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about 3 years ago Deborah Goldstein

The name is GREAT! and everything tastes amazing with bacon ;)

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

you know it, ms. d!

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about 3 years ago Stephanie V

Go Vanessa!!!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you, ms. steph!

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about 3 years ago vincentinparis

I want one right now!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

but yours would have a corndog crust, i bet.

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about 3 years ago MeghanVK

Fun! I don't eat pork or bacon unfortunately (VERY unfortunately, in the case of bacon), but the idea of banh-mi like condiments on a dog sounds delicious!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

i almost went with daikon instead of bean sprouts, but i was trying to make it banh mi-like without being *too* banh mi-like. i ate a couple of chicken dogs without the bacon and they was just fine, in case you want to give it a try!