Cast Iron

Yum Dogs

October  4, 2022
4 Ratings
  • Makes 6 dogs
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!):

mustard (Dijon or even a wee bit of spicy Chinese mustard or wasabi)
sweet and sour sauce
grilled shiitake mushrooms
kim chee
seaweed flakes
bonito flakes
toasted panko
sesame seeds
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 —vvvanessa

Test Kitchen Notes

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&M —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 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
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  • 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. Bean Sprout Slaw
  2. 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.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sprouts and the rest of the ingredients. Adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  1. Yum Dogs
  2. Combine the mayonnaise and Sriracha and keep covered in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Place the dogs on the slaw and top with scallions and peanuts. Then open wide! It's a mouthful!
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81 Reviews

Karl R. July 2, 2019
I make this every 4th of July, always a big hit!
Ethan W. October 1, 2014
Any secondary options to sriracha? I love sriracha, but I'm in Sweden, and they don't have it here :(
MariahK November 10, 2013
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!
vvvanessa November 16, 2013
Haha! I'm so glad you liked it and that you converted hubby to boot!
Lilbird June 30, 2013
Great! Reminds me of Japadog :)
vvvanessa November 16, 2013
I'd love to try one someday!
Nuala April 25, 2013
Thank you!! One more quick question-- do you have a particular brand of hot dog you like to use for these?
vvvanessa May 22, 2013
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!
Nuala April 24, 2013
These look amazing! Ever tried making them on a grill? Would love to try them for a backyard bbq.
vvvanessa April 24, 2013
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!
vlinh May 20, 2012
this looks amazing!!
vvvanessa April 24, 2013
thank you!
vlinh May 20, 2012
this looks amazing!!
vvvanessa May 28, 2012
Debbie L. February 29, 2012
I made this last night and it was so good that my daughter hugged me!
vvvanessa March 2, 2012
i can think of no greater compliment. thank you!
Carrie's C. June 21, 2011
Love it. And love the cast iron cooking method, a close second to frying. Yum yum yum!!!
vvvanessa July 7, 2011
HungryPJ June 20, 2011
vvvanessa June 20, 2011
shef June 18, 2011
i'm betting it tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks !
vvvanessa June 20, 2011
why thank you! care to plunk down some cash?
lastnightsdinner June 17, 2011
I absolutely love the bright, crunchy slaw here! Congrats!
vvvanessa June 17, 2011
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.
mcs3000 June 17, 2011
Just voted - yum!
vvvanessa June 17, 2011
thank you!
Anna ". June 17, 2011
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,
vvvanessa June 17, 2011
thank you! hot dogs are a great canvas : )
Mabelle53 June 17, 2011
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!!!
vvvanessa June 17, 2011
thank you for your encouragement! i'm sure the bean sprouts cancel out any ill-effects of bacon hot dogs : )
healthierkitchen June 16, 2011
Great job!
vvvanessa June 16, 2011
enbe June 16, 2011
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.
vvvanessa June 16, 2011
i've heard about those! i've yet to try one, but it's on my radar.
Deborah G. June 16, 2011
The name is GREAT! and everything tastes amazing with bacon ;)
vvvanessa June 16, 2011
you know it, ms. d!
Stephanie V. June 16, 2011
Go Vanessa!!!
vvvanessa June 16, 2011
thank you, ms. steph!