Some people say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but those people never saw the fantastic frankfurters grilled up by our favorite food bloggers this past Memorial Day.
If you missed out too, now is the perfect time to try one of their killer recipes. After all, it's National Hot Dog Day, so there's no better excuse to fire up the grill and get saucy with those sausages. Try the Hawaiian hot dog with pineapple and bacon, or maybe the hot dog tacos with slaw and guac, or even the perros caliente Colombiano with crushed potato chips, all of which are pictured below.
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Whatever you do, just don't settle for the same-old same-old. Instead, make National Hot Dog Day memorable with one of these inventive ideas:
(Nibble Me This)
Tennessee Smoky Hot Dogs
Chris at Nibble Me This spices up his Tennessee Smoky Dog with his signature smoky coleslaw, made with char-grilled cabbage. Buttery onions, BBQ rub and chili con carne finish off this savory recipe, which you can find right here.
(A Nutritionist Eats)
Bánh Mì Hot Dogs
Inspired by the traditional Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich, Emily at A Nutritionist Eats devised this fresh, flavorful take on a frankfurter. Her recipe incorporates spicy Sriracha mayonnaise, crunchy julienned veggies and chopped cilantro atop a fresh toasted baguette.
Guatemalan Hot Dog Tacos
Known as mixtas, these frankfurter-filled tortillas are often eaten as a street food in Guatemala — but you don't have to travel all the way to Central America for a taste. Brooke at Food Woolf shares her family's authentic recipe here, along with Guatemalan-style slaw and guacamole.
(That's So Michelle)
Hawaiian Hot Dogs
If pork and pineapple taste good on a Hawaiian pizza, they've gotta taste great on a grilled hot dog, too. Michelle from That's So Michelle tops her Hawaiian hot dogs with crispy bacon, pineapple chunks, chopped chives and a smear of hoisin sauce. Check out her recipe here.
Sonoran Hot Dogs
Originating in Sonora, Mexico, Sonoran-style hot dogs have become a favorite north of the border in Arizona. And because they're damn delicious, Damn Delicious food blogger Chung-Ah created her own loaded recipe, featuring a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with beans, avocado pico de gallo and a generous drizzle of mayo.
(My Colombian Recipes)
Colombian Hot Dogs
Frequently sold on the streets of Medellin, these Colombian-style hot dogs (or perros caliente Colombiano) are topped with slaw, pineapple sauce and crushed potato chips. They're a favorite of Medellin native Erica, who shares her personal recipe (and the secret to her pineapple sauce) at My Colombian Recipes.
Detroit-Style Coney Dogs
Like your dogs with an extra serving of meat? Eat 'em like they do in Michigan, where Laurie at Simply Scratch recreated one of her local favorites: a Detroit-style Coney dog. Get the recipe for these dogs here, along with the steps for making her essential no-bean-all-meat chili.