Omg omg omg wait. I’m in love. You guys…this is seriously the mother of all hot dogs. The salty, savory hot dog + the sweet baked beans + the sharp onion + the tangy mustard = THE PERFECT combination of amazing flavors to create a summer masterpiece: the ultimate hot dog.
These are a NEEDED item in your 4th of July celebrations. Needed. Mandatory.
What screams summer more than hot dogs? It’s a summer evening, you’re out by the grill watching some hot dogs reach charred perfection, your family and friends are outside playing yard games, and everyone grabs their paper plates and plastic cups full of icy lemonade and loads those plates full of chips, potato salad, other yummy summer sides along with – MOST importantly – the hot dog to end all hot dogs.
^^^ I hope you enjoyed that painted image of summer perfection. You’re welcome.
Before this blissful image can come to life in your back yard, these hot dogs must happen, people. They will make your 4th of July the best 4th of July EVA. Or any other summer night 🌞.
Every now and then, when I am ranting on and on about a recipe, I will talk about the balance of flavors. Balancing the different types of flavors (sweet, salty, acidic, etc…) and combining them all together in one bite is the epitome of the best food out there. There are certain recipes that embody that concept more than others, making them so much fun to eat.
This hot dog. This is that cooking concept wrapped up into a soft bun and begging to be stuffed in your face in the most un-ladylike fashion possible.
The balance of flavors here:
- The hot dog – savory and salty
- The baked beans – sweet yet complex and smoky
- The onion – sharp and crunchy
- The mustard – tangy, acidic, and bright
Since the baked beans are sweet, you need that sharp onion and tangy mustard to balance those flavors out, creating a symphony of hot dog happiness in your mouth as you chew and take another bite – repeat forever. …