Fun and Easy Summertime Hot Dog Bar

Monday, June 27, 2016

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This is our third summer in our house and we finally decided it was time to tackle our patio.  Our previous house had this amazing backyard complete with a fabulous deck, outdoor surround sound and a fire pit.  While we knew the patio was going to be on our project list when we moved into this house, it just took us a bit to create the vision we wanted for it.  Finally, my husband decided to tackle an amazing paver-stone patio for the main seating area.  We ordered a new conversation set and a huge umbrella that offers some much needed shade from the hot, evening sun.  While we still have a bit more we want to do to the backyard (like add a deck area for our patio table) we wanted to break it in the best way we knew how - a family grill out!

I have to admit that I'm mildly obsessed with Market District, our Giant Eagle grocery store.  It is literally a one stop shop for all my needs so I knew I would be able to get everything I needed for our family grill out - including Blue Rhino propane for our grill!  It is definitely the headquarters for grilling.  I wanted to put together a Hot Dog bar so the kids could have fun and fancy up their hot dogs while the husband and I could make our favorite Hillbilly Hot Dogs.  I was able to grab the majority of our grilling items in the dairy and frozen aisle.  We always get Oscar Mayer hot dogs (Beef and Turkey) in bun length.  Then I grabbed some Kraft Natural Cheese slices that were in this area too.  Next I headed to the juice and water aisle to grab some Lipton Ready to Drink tea - because what's a grill out without some great flavored tea!  Finally after picking up some fresh vegetables (including sweet corn) and coleslaw all in the produce area, I was able to grab my Blue Rhino propane as I checked out.  Seriously, I could spend hours at Market District.

When I got home we filled up the kiddie pool and water table while the grill warmed up.  The great thing about our new patio is that the umbrella covers the entire space so the kids can play in the shade - which means easy on the sunscreen!  I foresee many summer patio breakfasts in our future.

I decided to set up the Hot Dog bar inside since it was much cooler and I wouldn't have to worry about things getting too warm or melting.  Basically I found some ingredients in the fridge that seemed like they would be tasty on a hot dog or two.  Then I placed the ingredients in small dishes with spoons to make it easier to put on the hot dogs.  Since it was just our family I didn't go too overboard with the choices. 

While I can't say I know exactly where these hot dogs got their name, Hillbilly Hot Dogs have been a family treat for as long as I remember.  I recently introduced them to my husband who is just as addicted to them.  Maybe it's a northern Indiana specialty because I even saw a sign advertising a weekend sale of these hot dogs when we were up in our hometown last week.

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

You Need:
*Hot Dogs - we love our Oscar Mayer hot dogs!
*Chili - no beans or Hot Dog sauce
*Kraft Natural Cheese Slices - American

How to Make Them:
1.  Grill your hot dogs up and place them into a bun.

2.  While your hot dogs are grilling, warm up your chili sauce in a saucepan or microwave.

3.  Next, place a slice of Kraft Natural Cheese on your hot dog.  I usually fold it in half and place it lengthwise on the dog.

4.  Then, top your cheese with the warm chili so it can melt.

5.  Finally add your coleslaw.

One of my favorite things about summertime is being able to spend time outdoors.  Now that we have our new patio we will be able to enjoy it so much more!  Plus, there is something about grilling out that just says summertime - and it means less mess in the kitchen for mom too.

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What's your favorite go-to grilling meal?  Don't forget to hit your local Giant Eagle - the place for everything grilling!


1 comment:

  1. What a fun time!! I need to try your Hillbilly hot dogs soon... they looks delicious!! Thanks #client