Hot Dogs with Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Mayo
Don’t let this recipe fool you. It may be ridiculously easy, and “just a hot dog recipe”, but it will be the best dang hot dog you’ve ever had.
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I’m going to be honest. I almost didn’t post this recipe. There’s hardly a “recipe” to post because they are so easy. I thought, am I seriously going to post a hot dog recipe? But when I took my first bite of these hot dogs, I knew I had to share this with the world (ok just my little blog but still).
I am always looking for ways to spice up a super basic recipe. Simple additions like adding dark chocolate and orange peel to a basic waffle or throwing some pineapple in my guacamole can give a somewhat normal recipe some flair.
Nothing says summer to me like a hot dog. Preferably on the grill while you’re in your favorite swimsuit hanging out by the pool snacking on some watermelon. Now that is a good summer day. (I’m from the south if you can’t tell by that statement). Unfortunately I live in Alaska where the summer days aren’t quite the same. But I was craving it one day and decided I would see if I could give a good ole classic hot dog a little facelift.
I decided to stick with a basic hot dog (I used Ballpark, duh) but dressed it up with some..somewhat surprising ingredients. I started by whipping up a quick sauce. It is a simple combination that packs a punch of flavor. It’s a mayonnaise base with the addition of some salty teriyaki sauce and a little tart lime juice. Next I whipped out my handy dandy grill pan. If you don’t have a grill pan, a skillet will work just fine. But I do highly recommend adding a grill pan to your kitchen, especially if you don’t have an outdoor grill. You are still able to get that delicious smokey flavor without having to have an expensive outdoor grill.
I sliced up a pineapple and put the slices onto the grill along with the hot dogs. The pineapple slices will start to release some of their juices into the pan and then the hot dogs will get all of the sweet flavor. Grilled pineapple is out of this world. Of course it remains super sweet but grilling it also add an intense smokiness that is to die for.
Once the pineapple has some nice grill marks on it and the hot dogs are cooked through, now we assemble. Piece of advice here, get some delicious hot dog buns. Don’t settle for the kind that always taste slightly stale and provide zero flavor. Go to the bakery area of your grocery and find something delicious. I actually ended up using sub sandwich rolls for mine and it was perfect. A Kings Hawaiian hot dog bun (you know the super sweet kind in the orange wrapper) would be perfect here, I just wasn’t able to find any here in Alaska.
Pop the hot dog into the bun and arrange some pineapple slices on top. I added a few jalapeño peppers and cilantro to mine as well. Red onion slices would also be delicious. Then drizzle your teriyaki mayo over the top. And now prepare to be in taste bud heaven. These fancy little dogs have so much flavor going on and you’ll be shocked how delicious they are. Spice up your next cook out with these hot dogs and seriously impress your guests!
1/2 pineapple, cut into slices
4 hot dogs (I used Ballpark)
4 hot dog buns (the good kind from the bakery)
1/4 cup real mayonnaise
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
Additional toppings, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, red onion
Combine mayo, teriyaki sauce and lime juice in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat.
Add pineapple slices and hot dogs to pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. When pineapple slices have grill marks and hot dogs are cooked through, remove from the pan.
Assemble hot dogs in buns and add pineapple slices, teriyaki mayo and any other desired toppings. Enjoy!