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Spicey Pickled dogs or homemade Bahama Mama's

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This all started because of a talk with a friend about pickled bologna, which I had never heard of but was apparently well known where he comes from. How did I get to hotdogs and bahama mama's you ask? Well the bologna is supposed to be cut into 1/2" chunks and thats a LOT of bologna (no pun intended) then I noticed my local grocery had all beef hotdogs on sale and I thought about those jars of pickled sausage I like and the Bahama Mama's sold at convience stores, of course those are seldom really spicey so if I made my own... hmmm,  1+1+1+1 somehow equaled 2 and here we are !
 
 
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Step 1: Simple Ingredients

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Your going to need a clean wide mouth jar
1 or 2 packs of hotdogs depending on size, I used 1 1/2 packs
 2 teaspoons of pickling spice (could have probably used 1)
 2 teaspoons of hot pepper flakes
 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings
 1 teasppon of minched garlic
  1/2 teaspoon of salt
 1 1/4 cups of vinager
  1/2 cup water
 

 OPTIONAL
 fresh hot peppers

Step 2: The brine

put the vinager, water and spices in a pot and bring 2 a simmer, reduce the heat and just keep it simmering while the next step is done

Step 3: STUFF IT !

I used a fork and pierced hole up 2 side of the hotdogs, I don't know if you really need to do this but what the heck, and stood the weiners up in a wide mouth jar, in this case it took 12 hotdogs to tightly pack the jar, I then cut the tops from the red chilies and slipped them in the open spaces, the jalapenos were quarted and also used to fill some of the spaces
I bet these taste great on the grill. Good job.
l8nite (author)  cloudifornia2 years ago
Well I didn't grill the dog but the idea haunted me, yesterday I heated some bacon drippings in a frying pan and cooked one, it was very tasty.
l8nite (author)  cloudifornia2 years ago
WOW ! I never thought about grilling them, they probably would be great ! I intended them to be eaten like a packaged redhot or other pickled sausage, straight from the jar but now Im going to have to try them grilled or maybe fried .... Thank you for the thought invoking feedback !
Welcome! The pickling should make it taste similar to a kraut dog. These dogs are definitely grill worthy.
branonls2 years ago
Yes, yes I think I'll try this tonight.
l8nite (author)  branonls2 years ago
please let us know what you think of the results. Mine have been "pickling" for about 2 weeks, they have a good taste but still aren't really hot, but then I use a habanero hot sauce on just about everything. The hotdogs are still very firm, I'm seriously considering simmering the weiners in the brine for the next batch, so they can absorb more of the brine and be a little softer. Thank you for leaving a comment...
branonls l8nite2 years ago
I didn't have pickling spice handy so I went with more of a Caribbean theme by adding curry, allspice berries, a bay leaf and turmeric along with onions, black pepper corns, garlic and hot peppers. I'll find out this weekend it I ruined $1.76 worth of hot dogs. I plan on making some pickled sausage next. Thanks for the inspiration.
l8nite (author)  branonls2 years ago
That sounds like a great seasoning combo ! When I made these I didn't have pickling spices either, I was kind of surprised at how small the jar was when I bought it, in retrospect it may not have been needed at all. Now into about week3 of the soaking/pickling and the weiners have picked up a bit of spice, taking my asbestos coated tastebuds in to consideration they may actually be hot to some, so don't allow the 1st or 2nd taste test discourage you. Please check my 2nd comment to cloudofornis as well.. and please come back and post your results
bajablue2 years ago
Gotcha! Good Luck!!!!
nikon202 years ago
These look great cant wait to try them. I eat Bahama Mama's a few time a week but these look way better. I am in agreement with cloudifornia i bet these are awesome on the grill or try stuffing one in a potato bomb.
l8nite (author)  nikon202 years ago
WOW are you a mind reader? I was just thinking about stuffing them in a potato a little while ago ! I'm still thinking these are a snack food but all these ideas have me reconsidering.
you might get some better saturation by slicing the ends off the dogs in addition to piercing the sides.
l8nite (author)  atombomb19452 years ago
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I had considered cutting the hotdogs into 2 or 3 pieces but they fit so well in the jar whole that I decided not to, it probably would speed up the pickling process though. I also thought about cooking the hotdogs in the simmering brine but again they fit so well in the jar, I decided not to. I may try each of those options in the future.
THis looks incredibly awesome sauce!
l8nite (author)  Kaptain Kool2 years ago
thank you, I think... if you delete the pickling spices and italian seasoning, it is a lot like the NE arkansas hot sauce they used in my friends families BBQ shack but in my opinion would be to vinagery for most applications
poofrabbit2 years ago
This sounds so good! I really want to give this a try. Super 'able
l8nite (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you for the comment, it really takes longer to read this "ible" than to make the hotdogs...except for the waiting for them to pickle of course...
PATSY0012 years ago
How long ago did you make these? Have you sampled them yet?

Please follow up and let us know how they turned out!
Great idea, and good instructable.
l8nite (author)  PATSY0012 years ago
Thank you for the comment ! I made these last night and by this afternoon , I couldn't wait any longer! I tried 2, they were good and definately spicey but like I said in the "ible" next time I'd only use half the pickling spice
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