Wildcard weekend is deserving of something out of the box (not out of a box) for your taste buds.
I first thought of the idea for marinating hotdogs in beer a year ago while in North Carolina. I took to the series of tubes and sure enough, as all creative minds think alike, the front page was full of individuals who had already posted their recipes online.
Which beer marinade to trust? I thought. I experimented a bit and found the ingredients and methods that worked best.
Hotdogs: I recommend thinner dogs. The big jumbo dogs seem like a good idea but they’re too thick and don’t soak up as much of the marinade.
Worcestershire sauce: (pronounced “wooster“?) This is a common ingredient found in many of the beer marinade recipes.
Beer: Light beer works best. Rite Aid brand won’t cut it. You will need 2-3 cans or bottles of a decent light beer. Local brews are recommended.
Bay Leaves: This is an ingredient that cannot be left out. It adds flavor and looks fancy. Also add: oregano, basil and thyme if available.
Hot dog buns: Any buns will do, make sure you toast them on the grill before dog insertion.
*Bacon: If you can, wrap them in bacon. This adds a crunchy texture.
Garlic: A common ingredient. I’ve made this recipe with or without garlic and haven’t noticed much of a difference.
*Ketchup: I’m writing about marinating hotdog in beer and wrapping them in bacon, despite this, even I think adding ketchup to the marinade is weird. Besides, you add ketchup at the end anyway. But if you must…Go ahead, add ketchup and be a rebel, but I won’t approve of it.
1. Mix the ingredients together.
2. I like to cut an X on both ends of the dogs as well as some shark gill slices across the length of them. This will help distinguish when the hotdogs are done and allows them to soak up the ingredients.
3. Place hotdogs into a container and cover them with the beer marinade concoction.
4. Let the dogs sit in a refrigerator overnight for best results; if you are short on time, a few hours of marination will yield moderate results.
5. Throw those dogs on the grill; when the corners from the X’s on both sides of the hotdogs blossom outwards, dogs are done.
“Poodle Head Mikey” recommends braising them in the oven first.
Man-tested recipes for the pro-ketchup rebels
Serious eats recommends additional herbs
Cooks.com has additional Hot dog marinade ideas