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Fire up the grill to make these Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs, and your barbecue will never be the same. You’ll be Top Dog when you load those franks with homemade spicy buffalo ketchup and plenty of smoky bacon and crumbled blue cheese.
Originally published July 3, 2015.
Something I used to have a love/hate relationship with – hot dogs. As a kid I liked them provided they were smothered with ketchup and most definitely not on a bun. If mustard or bun came near my hot dog, forget it.
Then I went through a phase where I didn’t eat them at all.
But when I was pregnant with my youngest, and I NEEDED hot dogs and they HAD to have sauerkraut, another thing I never liked.
However, even though I could not get through a day without a hot dog, I did feel better about getting all-natural and organic and uncured hot dogs out there so I could satisfy my cravings and at least feel like I was eating some sort of real food.
Maybe this is why my boys love hot dogs. I’m still deep in a love phase too, especially when those dogs are loaded up with all of this goodness!
Seriously, there’s no love/hate relationship here. It’s pure LOVE…
Hot Dogs with Buffalo Ketchup, Blue Cheese, and Bacon
Holy hot dog, people! As if these dogs weren’t delicious enough on their own, I went there. Yes, bacon, blue cheese, and, wait for it… homemade Buffalo Ketchup!
I honestly don’t have much more I can say – I mean, you have smoky, salty, bacon goodness, and creamy, tangy blue cheese, and yes, that ketchup. On top of a hot dog. In a soft bun (though I’ll be honest, I went bunless because of my wheat allergy, and was still totally a happy camper!)
What You’ll Need
All you need are hot dogs, buns (make your own gluten free hot dog buns if you like), blue cheese, bacon that you’ve cooked and crumbled (you can even use turkey bacon), and basic pantry ingredients for the Buffalo Ketchup, which calls for:
- Tomato paste
- Apple cider vinegar
- Hot sauce – I use the classic, Frank’s Red Hot
- Dry mustard
- Garlic powder
- Stir together the ketchup ingredients and set it aside to let the flavors develop.
- Grill your hot dogs and place them in a bun if you like.
- Top with the Buffalo Ketchup, blue cheese, and bacon.
Here’s are some great ideas for things to serve at your next barbecue with your kicked up wieners!
- Best Easy Baked Beans Ever
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Potato Salad
- Tropical Pineapple Coleslaw
- Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
- Zucchini Relish from Magnolia Days
And I think every summertime get-together calls for Strawberries and Cream Cake (or Gluten Free Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream) for dessert!
More favorite spicy buffalo recipes…
- Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes
- Buffalo Deviled Eggs with Blue Cheese
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Casserole
- Buffalo Dip with Bacon and Blue Cheese
- Spicy Buffalo Blue Cheese Burgers from Bread Booze Bacon
Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs
- 8 All-Beef Hot Dogs (I prefer a natural or organic hot dog)
- 8 hot dog buns, gluten free if needed
- Buffalo Ketchup see below
- 8 Tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Prepare Buffalo Ketchup and set aside until you are ready to use it.
- Preheat one side of your grill on high. Reduce heat to medium and place hot dogs over indirect heat on the side of the grill that isn't turned on. Grill hot dogs to desired doneness, turning every minute or two. Place each hot dog in a bun.
- Top each hot dog with a drizzle of Buffalo Ketchup, about 1 Tablespoon blue cheese, and about half a slice of crumbled bacon.
For the Buffalo Ketchup:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use within a couple hours or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.