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Loaded BBQ Hot Dogs

Loaded BBQ Hot Dogs

Now that grilling season is in full gear, I thought it high time to share a new hot dog recipe. After all, the good ol’ standby of ketchup, mustard, relish and onions can get a bit boring. Today, I’ve decided to take one of my favorite sandwiches “the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich” and turn it into a hot dog. This dog is piled high with tangy coleslaw, crispy BBQ onion strings and BBQ sauce. It is a deliciously messyย twist on a classic.

I hope you all had a relaxing long weekend. Ours wasn’t super relaxing but it was loaded with fun. Our little Prestonio turned 1. We had family and friends come visit. The party was minion themed and I baked a cake from scratch that turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself :) I shared a picture on Instagram. Whatcha think? I’m really starting to enjoy cake decorating!

The birthday boy loved the cake and visiting with his friends and family. He played and played and played and played. By the time all was said and done, little man and Mama were all tuckered out. Which is why, when Monday rolled around, and it was just our small little family again, we took it easy for our Memorial Day spread and made these Loaded BBQ Hot Dogs.

I’ve been putting slaw on pretty much everything lately. I love the crunch and the creaminess. It takes burgers, sandwiches and in this case, hot dogs to a whole other level. And while I love the slaw on this hot dog, the real star of the show is the crispy BBQ onion strings and they couldn’t be easier to make. You simply cut onions super thin, toss them with a little BBQ sauce (I used my fave Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite) and let them marinate in it for a bit. Then dredge them in flour and fry until crispy and golden brown. They are smoky, sweet and the perfect crunchy addition to this hot dog.

Loaded BBQ Hot Dogs

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Hot Dog Ingredients:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • oil for frying
  • salt
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns

Creamy Slaw Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage



Toss the onions with 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce. Allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes.


Meanwhile, make the coleslaw. whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour over shredded cabbage and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Once onions have marinated, place flour in a resealable plastic bag, add in onions and shake to coat.


Heat 1/4 inch layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, remove onions from flour and shake off any excess. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and crunchy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt.


Heat a grill to medium-high heat and cook hot dogs until cooked through.


To assemble a hot dog: place a hot dog in a bun, spoon slaw over the top, place onions on top and drizzle with BBQ sauce. Serve.



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  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    I love this. Hot dogs are my ultimate indulgence. I know they aren’t the best for us, but I really love them. I love what you have added to yours. Pinning.

  • This looks fantastic, thanks for sharing! The addition of the BBQ sauce and cabbage is marvelous!

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    Oh my goodness, this hot dog. I love how loaded and delicious it is!

  • This is hotdog deliciousness! There’s so much goodness piled on here…I wish I could reach in and grab one.

  • Oh my! This hot dog. Now I can get down on some of this. I’m not such a huge fan of just plain ol’ dogs, but I love how you jazzed this one up. It sounds amazing!

  • Heather @FrenchPress

    I could slaw all the things too :) and your cake was SO cute – looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating your little guy

  • ErinBrighton

    I am with you on the SLAW! On everything. My kids might fall over if I whipped out some crispy onions to top their dogs… Definitely need to do this!

  • Dear Deseree, these look so fantastic. Now I’m in the mood for hotdogs tonight! xo, Catherine

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