Step Up Your Hot Dog Game This 4th of July Weekend


Fourth of July weekend is upon us and that means so are more grilling opportunities. Also approaching is the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, the most American form of celebration allowed on live television. For your own party, throw out your ketchup and substitute these toppings instead for a more filling and creative cookout. 

1. Chicago Hot Dogs
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This ball-park classic from the Midwest is great for those who want to step out of their ketchup-comfort zone. Get the recipe at

2. Buffalo Dogs
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Spicy and tangy with blue cheese crumbles and chives for crunch. Get the recipe at

3. Texas Chili Cheese Dogs
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A hometown favorite that you won't mind getting sloppy seconds. Get the recipe at

4. Bacon Mac 'N Cheese Dogs on Hawaiian Rolls
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If you can't support this holy matrimony of home-style favorites, you need to move to Canada. Get the recipe at

5. Reuben Dogs
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Double the meat and add extra crunch with saur kraut, substitute the ketchup for thousand island and you have one hell of a hot dog. Get the recipe at

6. Mexican Mole Dogs
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A Tex-Mex meal that packs a lot of flavor from all corners. Get the recipe at

7. Pulled Pork and Tomatillo Ranch Dogs
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Go ahead and admit it. There's something oddly sexually appealing about that drippy sauce. Get the recipe at

8. Jalapeno Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce
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You don't need to go to the mall to pick up these puppies. Paired perfectly with either cheddar beer cheese sauce or honey mustard. Get the recipe at

9. Seattle Dogs with Carmelized Onions and Cream Cheese
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Cream cheese as a hot dog topping may sound sacrilegious, but that's how are Pacific Northwest brothers do it. Get the recipe at

10. Italian Sausage and Peppers Dog
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If regular hot dogs taste meh to you, substitute with a Italian sausage on a hoagie with sauteed peppers for a sweeter, juicier dog. 

11. Sweet Chili Thai Peanut Dog
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Whip up something unorthodox for your party goers with a sweet chili sauce, crunchy peanuts and chutney. Get the recipe at

12. Octopus Hot Dog Bites
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Picky-eater kids are the worst. Use these cute little distractions to shoot off some fireworks while they eat safely inside. Get the recipe at

13. Chorizo Pigs with Cilantro Dip
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Appetizers or hot dogs on-the-go for a full day of Fourth of July activities. Get the recipe at

14. Pulled Pork Hot Dog with Broccoli Slaw
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Just slide everything you have grilling right now onto a hot dog bun and you'd have this barbecue beauty. Get the recipe at

15. Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dog
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What isn't on this bun? You can't see it, but there are beans lining the inside of the bun. BEANS. Get the recipe at 

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