Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Making the best grilled hot dogs (tip from Joshua)

Joshua makes amazing food on his grill. I love it when he cooks for us!

We bought a package of all-beef hot dogs at Costco, and Joshua made them (okay, part of them! It was a big package!) on the grill. Best hot dog I've ever eaten!

Here's Joshua's tip for making the best grilled hot dogs (or other similarly-shaped meat on the grill):

Grill the hot dogs parallel to the grill grate. When the hot dog is resting between the slats (rather than across many slats), it holds the heat in and gets nice and hot, quickly, without burning!

Joshua also grills with the lid closed on his grill. Always. We want food that's hot inside but not burned on the outside! (Why DO some people grill with the lid open??)

My delicious hot dog!
A loaded grilled hot dog: chopped Vidalia onions, dill pickle relish, horseradish mustard, ketchup, and cheese!

Memorial Day weekend was hot (70's)! We ate burgers outside and then roasted marshmallows on the grill. Here are Joshua and Eliyahu (5)... so cute together! :)

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5. How to make homemade microwave popcorn (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)
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7. Make jam without heating up the house (Jodi at Lg Family Farm)
8. "Double" your chicken breasts (Living So Abundantly)
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Here is an update on my garden + 10 gardening tips, including how to make chive vinegar

Thanks again for hosting!
I am sharing the easiest way to make coconut butter - and you and your readers can save a LOT of money doing this!

It is a great alternative to butter as a spread.


That hot dog looks amazing!!! We had chili dogs for dinner last night, but I should have made one that looks like that! Thanks for the grill tip.

I have a question that I've been wanting to ask, and felt this might be as good a time as any. :) You mentioned in the picture about that it was hot on Memorial Day (in the 70's)! I wish we could get some 70 degree weather around here. I'm in AR and it's been in the upper 90's with heat index's above 100 since Memorial day. I've been wanting to get into baking breads and pita and such (I don't have a bread maker, but looking into getting one), but it's just been sooooo hot! :) Cooking on the stove top heats the house enough as it is...... How do you bake when it's just so hot out?

Love your blog! Blessings to you and your family!

Cassandra, I am actually writing a big post on this very topic next week! :)

(By the way, 70's feels hot to us, but I know we're spoiled with very lovely summer temperatures compared to a lot of other places!!) :)

Hi Tammy! That is a great idea for grilling hot dogs parallel to the grill slats. It just makes sense. Why I have I never though of that before? ;-) We hardly ever have hot dogs at our house, but an all-beef, grilled hot dog sounds pretty amazing after looking at your photos and reading your tips on grilling them!

I am sharing a tip this week about how to store asparagus in the refrigerator for lasting freshness.

Thank you so much for hosting Kitchen Tip Tuesdays!

-Mindy (The Purposed Heart)

Thanks, Mindy! :) I am not a big fan of hot dogs, usually, but if it's been a long time since I've had one, a good-quality grilled one tastes pretty good. :D

Hi Tammy :-)
I haven't visited you in awhile - I had been very busy working both on things for our grand daughters 2nd birthday (banners and Cookie Monster(R) cupcakes), as well as on line on a huge project I'm 'planning' on posting tomarrow.

Any-ways, glad to see you had a good time visiting home. Yes, us mid-westerners had a TON of rain this spring - with a few intermittent extreme heat and humidity days. CRAZY!

My link-up for today contains a tip about cutting green onions. Simple, I know, but some people don't seem to know it.

I'm glad I visited you again ;->
Cheryl B.
The Bz House That Love Built -

Thank you, Cheryl! :)

Don't you keep Kosher? Or is that just a stock photo of the hot dog with cheese on it?

We do not keep Kosher, actually, although we only eat meat that is Biblically "clean". Many of my recipes combine meat and milk. No pork or shellfish though! :)

I am probably guilty of misusing the word "kosher" in the past, but am trying to be accurate in its use... :)

As I understand it, there are different types of "kosher", namely, biblically kosher and rabbinically kosher. There can be so many fences placed around some of the kosher instructions by the rabbis, which make the Torah instructions almost unrecognizable. Our congregational halachah teaches us to be biblically kosher, following the biblical instructions as best we can. For instance, the instructions regarding boiling a kid in its mother's milk had more to do with pagan practices in the surrounding areas than avoiding certain food combinations (look at the context of the scripture). I consider myself a person who eats kosher according to the biblical guidelines.

I'll have to remember to try grilling hotdogs that way next time. That sandwich looked very good. We don't eat hotdogs very often either since they aren't really good for the health. Moderation is key, wouldn't you say?

You have a lovely site, Tammy.


Thanks for all the effort you put into your site. I check it daily and have picked up lots of great recipes/ideas.

Do you have a source for 'clean' marshmallows? How about jello products?

Oops - forgot to share the link! :-)

Here it is:

How to make Homemade Microwave Popcorn. Thanks Tammy!

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents

Vegetables with Quinoa

2 Red Potatoes, or any waxy potato, sliced 1/4" thick
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
2 Large Carrots, sliced 1/4" thick
1 Large Onion, coarsely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or coconut oil, for sauteing
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 Teaspoon Turmeric, or to taste
2 Cups Broccoli Florets
2 Cups Snow Pea Pods, Fresh, Whole
1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4" thick
3 Cups Chicken Broth
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or coconut oil

In large frying pan, saute potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic in oil until browned on bottom. Add chicken broth and steam veggies until tender but still firm.

In another pan, steam broccoli, peppers and snow peas until tender.

In medium saucepan, cook quinoa in chicken broth with salt to taste and oil. Season with black pepper when done.

Turn quinoa out onto large bowl, then pile vegetables on top.

Serves a large crowd, about 12.
Someone brought it to an oneg and it went a long way, along with all the other dishes served. This is really delicious. The trick is to be sure none of the veggies are overcooked.

I tried my hand at homemade strawberry jam today! Enjoy!

I have not heard that about grilling hot dogs, but when my husband gets a grill I will be sure to share that with him. :)

Here is my link. It's about doubling your chicken:

That hot dog looks amazing!!!

Wow! This idea is so great! I tried it when I grilled hot dogs for lunch yesterday and it was so easy to get each side of the hot dog grilled perfectly. Thanks for sharing this tip!

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