Tailgating Hot Dogs to the Extreme

Fall is on it’s way and college football kicks off this weekend! Millions will be wearing their teams colors and getting to stadiums early to tailgate and cheer their team on.


Take a look at what The Outdoor Cook, Gary House from cooking-outdoors.com has come up with. These dogs are unique and will certainly draw some attention and praise from your friends while leaving your palate happy.

Football is all about friends, great food and tasty refreshments supporting a day of festive sportsmanship celebrated everywhere. Hot dogs are a staple for the game day aficionado typically washed down with a favorite beverage, but just a hot dog and drinks from the stadium confectioner does not make the game day, you need to get your own grill game going and score big.


Here are six of my favorite Tailgating Hot Dog recipes that will score you big points on game day. All of these grilled on one of my favorite tailgate grills, the Camp Chef Big Gas Grill, a three-burner wonder with its own grill box that is portable to transport on game day and super fast to set up for cooking on.


All of the following Tailgating Recipes are for one or two hot dogs but easy to scale up for a large crowd by doubling the quantities.


Monte Carlo Hot Dog


Turkey Hot Dog – butterflied


  2 ham slices – shredded

Gouda cheese – shredded

1 – tbsp blackberry jam

2 – eggs mixed for batter

griddle or pan

  Dip hot dog into batter and fry on griddle, flipping once. Dip inside of bun in batter and fry on griddle.


Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog


Hot Dog – butterflied

Hoagie sandwich Bun

2 – thin sliced steak or roast beef luncheon meat cut into strips

1 – small onion, sliced

4 – mushrooms, sliced

2 – slices Provolone cheese

  Honey mustard mayo sauce

1 tbsp honey mustard

1 tbsp mayo

  griddle or pan


BLT Hot Dog


Hot Dog


1 – 2 cooked bacon slices (save bacon grease)


Tomato – sliced

  Spicy Bacon Mayo sauce

3 tbls mayo

3 tsp bacon grease

2 tsp Cholula Chili & Garlic hot sauce

Juice from 1/2 lemon

  griddle or pan



BBQ Hot Dog


Hot Dog



BBQ sauce


Churrasco Hot Dog with Peruvian Green Aji Sauce


2 -Hot Dogs, butterflied

Hoagie sandwich bun

tomato – sliced

1/2 medium avocado mashed

  Peruvian Green Aji Sauce

  1 bunch cilantro leaves

2 garlic cloves

2 jalapenos – seeds removed

3 green onions diced

juice from 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp garlic powder



1/2 cup olive oil


Breakfast Hot Dog


Hot Dog – 1″ cut on bias pieces


1 egg scrambled

2 tbsp shredded cheese

Optional – hot sauce

Griddle or pan


  Add all Peruvian Green Aji Sauce ingredients excluding olive oil into food processor. Pulse to combine. Add olive oil slowly as needed to create a creamy texture.


So, those are my favorite Tailgating recipes with Hot Dogs as the main ingredient. I can’t claim to have a favorite as they are all really good in my book but if you try any of these tailgating recipes let me know what Hot Dog was your favorite.