Im not a food expert. But as someone who does love a good barbecue, Im here to say theres no need to go for the cheapest, most generic hot dogs and the buns that dont even fit the meat. Toppings dont have to be just ketchup and mustard. Shake it up. Didnt think hot dogs could be elevated from mediocre to gourmet? Maybe not, but here are some tricks that can them get pretty darn close.
My husband Danny and I ate like sophisticated adults when we visited Hawaii, and that included hitting up the hot dog stand, Puka Dog. We tried to re-create our own at home -- they were that good:
- The pineapple-and-bacon sausages made by the brand Aidells are the best -- and for this especially.
- Put them on the grill (always grill boiled hot dogs or sausages are not acceptable)
- .While those are grilling, whip up the magic ingredient: pineapple or mango aioli. Now...is this actually aioli? Let's face it, these days aioli is just a word for fancy mayonnaise. I like a 1:1 ratio of mayo to pineapple or mango jam, but adjust according to your own liking.
- Thats it.