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Pretty much anyone who owns a grill has probably one time or another grilled hot dogs, so you would think why anyone would need to learn how to grill hot dogs. Well, I’m not talking about your basic boring hot dog here; we are going to kick up hot dog grilling to another level.

They type of dogs we are going to learn to grill are stuffed hot dogs. If you want to grill just plain hot dogs as well, you can skip the stuffing of How to Grill Hot Dogsthem and just grill them the same way as I’m going to outline below.

First it doesn’t matter whether you use a gas or charcoal grill, you can make a good dog on either one. So, with that said, set up your gas or charcoal grill for direct grilling over high heat. Basically we are going to be grilling right over the hot coals or heat source.

You can stuff your hot dogs with anything your heart desires, but for this example I’m stuffing the dogs with cheese and jalapeno slices. First off if you are stuffing the hot dog you will want to start off with a good thick dog. Taking the dogs you will want to cut out a chunk lengthwise down the center, so you can stuff in all your goodies.

Now take a few small slices of your favorite cheese and place it inside the hot dog, then on top of that add 3 or 4 jalapeno slices. You are probably thinking that this is all going to fall apart when you put it on the grill, but the secret is to use butcher’s string. Take a couple small pieces of butcher’s string and tie each hot dog.

Now that the hot dogs are ready it is time to place them on the grill. The best way to do it is to put them so they run along with the bars of the grill grate. This way they are supported. Grill the hot dogs for 8 to 10 minutes until they are nicely browned on each side of the dog. You will want to use a pair of tongs to tilt them will grill. During the last couple minutes of grill you can also turn them so they are perpendicular to the grill grate, that way they get those nice looking grill marks.

Once they are done remove them from the grill and cut off the butcher’s string. If you are going to have a good hot dog, you need a good bun. So make sure you are using a fresh baked bun. I also prefer to toast mine on the grill. So, if you would like to do that as well, brush the inside of the buns with a bit of melted butter and place them on the grill for about one minute.

When the buns are toasted place the hot dogs on them and serve with your favorite condiments. As you’ve seen, learning how to grill hot dogs that are kicked up to another level is pretty simple, and the ideas for what to stuff them with are pretty endless. This whole process can also be used on sausages as well.

A cool tool that I found that works great for grilling hot dogs and sausages is a sausage basket. This thing is adjustable, so if you are grilling hot dogs or sausages you can adjust for the size. Using one of these baskets definitely makes it easier to grill hot dogs because it will hold them in place. It’s definitely something worth checking out if you like to grill hot dogs and brats. You can check out the one I prefer Here.

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