The BEST Hot Dog Toppings?

Grilling hot dogs (thanks, BurninLoveBBQ!)
Image via Burnin’ Love BBQ

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Along with what seems like 93.24% of the American population, we’re grilling dinner tonight. We aren’t having a lot of variety, though. Hot dogs are on tap for the Todd Family Memorial Day Extravaganza (that has already included cleaning the Living Room, sorting the garage, and making a trip to the grocery to buy milk. I know, I know. You’re jealous).

I’m looking to spruce these hot dogs up a little bit. So I have a couple of questions:

  1. What are your favorite hot dog toppings? As in, you won’t eat the hot dog unless it has these toppings on them?
  2. What’s the craziest hot dog topping you’ve ever tried on your grilled franks? Maybe you haven’t tried any crazy toppings but you’ve heard of them. That’s OK, too.

I need your help, people! Don’t let the Todd Family Memorial Day Extravaganza suffer from boring ol’ hot dogs in 2012! You can save our franks!

Image  courtesy 
Burnin’ Love BBQ

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Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

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Try a West Virginia dog.

WV Hot Dog Sauce(this is important), onions, cole slaw, mustard.

Short name is Slaw Dog.


Here’s the conversation from facebook. Posting it here for posterity and such.

Heather Armstrong Hoover I am partial to sauerkraut. However, I also like fresh, chopped jalepenos, cilantro and spicy mustard (to be clear, not on the same dog:)
15 hours ago via mobile · Like

Bill Norton There is always West Virginia slaw dog
15 hours ago · Like

Erin ‘Hutter’ Walker Brown Sugar and Erin’s secret lime sauce OR just mustard.
15 hours ago via mobile · Like

Liz Todd Grilled onions! Chili? But there is only one true hotdog: The bacon burger dog!!! Go for it!!
15 hours ago · Like
Matt Todd Bacon burger dog is still in development
15 hours ago · Like · 1

Jessica Boger Cabiness I love a Chicago dog:)
13 hours ago via mobile · Like

Matt Todd ‎Liz Todd – I’m thinking we should experiment with this. When’s the McCarty reunion? Are you guys going?
13 hours ago · Like

Matt Todd Thanks for the brilliant suggestions, everyone! Because of limited resources today, we went traditional. I did grill some onions, though (win). Also slathered some Hawaiian marinade on a couple, just to try it out (win). And I figured I’d see what grilled broccoli was like (fail).

Erin – you can tell me your lime sauce recipe. It’ll be our little secret. ;o)
13 hours ago · Like

Erin ‘Hutter’ Walker Nice try, Matt! I am not that easily fooled. Once you perfect the bacon burger recipe, we can talk. 😉
12 hours ago · Like

Dorothy Stassen-Douglass Mustard,onions,coleslaw.
11 hours ago via mobile · Like