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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’ve long been obsessed with making homemade ketchup, and even making it all fancy shmancy with balsamic ketchup. But then I know it needed to be given a spicy kick.
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.
And if you really want these franks to be fully-loaded, why not add some Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing or Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing!
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
For the Buffalo Ketchup:
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 2 Tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 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.
Homemade chili! YUM!
I would put cheesecurds, grilled onion, hot peppers, and spicy mayo!
I love just a simple hot dog topped with ketchup, mustard & sweet relish!
I Would Put Onion, Peppers And Mustard On My Ultimate Hotdog.
Mustard, onions, pickles, and cheese.
I would keep it simple and just put ketchup, cheese and pickles on it.
I don’t eat hot dogs but my family does.
I would put american cheese and relish! YUM. these pictures are making me hungry so early in the day!
Definitely relish and green onions
I like sweet relish, honey mustard and ketchup on my hot dogs.
I would put avocado, goat cheese, jalapeño, and grilled onions on my ultimate hot dog
I would put on sweet relish, mustard and onions
I like it simple with ketchup mustard and relish.
When it comes to hot dogs I’m a purist, only yellow mustard, but I do like Buffalo, blue cheese and bacon and am willing to try this. Applegate makes the finest food, available In my grocery store. Thanks for the recipe!
Mayo, lots of mustard and chili makes my perfect hot dog
I love caramelied onions and coleslaw in my dogs. I would love to try those too!
Chili, cheese, tobasco, and onions!
I would put ketchup and onjons
On my ultimate hot dog, I would put slaw, onions and ketchup. The onions would sometimes be grilled 🙂
Ketchup, mustard, and relish.
I would put grilled onions and mustard on my hot dog.
I would top my ultimate dog with onion, mustard & relish!
I love Applegate hot dogs! Huge fan right here. I hope to buy some this week. I like the classic yellow mustard on my hot dog. Heinz preferably.
Bacon, cheese, tomatoes!
I love a good dog covered with chili, cheddar cheese and chopped red onion.
I bet buffalo sauce and goat cheese (not such a fan of most blue cheese) would be delicious. Or pepperocinni, roasted red peppers and some goat cheese. I’ve never really thought to put cheese on a hot dog until now (unless it was a chili dog) but now I can’t stop thinking of combos! pepper jack & guac.
But I still believe that nothing will ever be better than a simple and traditional hot dog smothered in ketchup
Another hotdog 🙂 relish, onion, sriracha mayo, potato chips and pineapple.
I like cheese, spicy mustard and relish!
My ultimate hot dog would have caramelized onions and melted cheese.
Hot dogs are a favorite of mine. Those look and sound so good. I would definitely top mine with cheese sauce, sautéed onion, and mustard! Yum!
My ultimate hotdog topping is spicy brown mustard, ketchup and a little hot cheese.
I like my hotdogs with ketchup and sometimes cheese.
I like my dog topped with chili, cheese, onions, and mustard.
I don’t really like chili and cheese when it is hot outside, so I usually go with cooler toppings. I like mayo and relish, with onions if I have nowhere to be later.
1-I love Sir Kensingtons!
2-caramelized onions…thats all I want on the hot dogs! 😛
I put a mix of catsup and mustard then top with chopped onion.
I love guac and pico de gallo on my dogs! Bacon would be a bonus!!!
I would put coleslaw on top of my hot dog.
I’d put on brown mustard, relish, tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese.