Hot Dogs, Brats, and Sausages

The “Dear” Dog

Dear Dog

Grill master Steven Raichlen would tell you that his “dear” dog recipe is the world’s best hot dog. Give the recipe a try and decide for yourself.


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The “Dear” Dog

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 8 hot dogs


  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 thin slices of mortadella or bologna
  • 8 hot dog buns, split lengthwise, cut sides lightly buttered
  • Spicy brown mustard, Dijon mustard, or horseradish mustard
  • About 2 cups drained sauerkraut
  • Dill pickle slices, sweet pickle slices, or pickled jalapeños

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. Brush and oil the grill grate.

Step 2: Carefully slice each hot dog almost in half lengthwise, cutting to but not through the bottom casing. Gently open up the hot dogs as you would a book so that they lay flat.

Step 3: Arrange the hot dogs on the grill grate on the diagonal to the bars of the grate, cut sides down. Grill, turning once with tongs, until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Step 4: Grill the mortadella for about 1 minute per side. Grill the hot dog buns, cut sides down, until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5: To serve, slather each bun with mustard. Place a slice of mortadella in each bun, then add a hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and pickle slices. Wherever you are, Dear, I hope you’re enjoying this.

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