Sonoran Hotdogs AKA Bacon Dogs

A couple years ago I discovered this tasty treat here on the streets of Phoenix. I came across a hotdog cart selling Sonoran style Hotdogs. Hotdogs wraped in bacon. Hmmm....
Everyone loves hotdogs, and everything is better with bacon, Soooo.....

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Step 1: What You Need

Obviously, hotdogs, bacon and buns.

Personally I like all beef, kosher dogs and thick cut bacon is preferred because you'll need to flatten and stretch it out a little to completely wrap the dog.

Nothing says sacrelicious like Bacon wrapped Kosher hotdogs.

Step 2: Wrap the Dog

To wrap the dog, place the bacon on a cutting board (or other CLEAN surface) and stretch it out slightly by flattening and pulling. Then simply wrap one end of the dog with the bacon, tucking the loose end of bacon under the first wrap. Keep rolling and at the other end of the dog, pull the last wrap over the other loose end of bacon.

Step 3: Grill Them Dogs

Now, just throw them on the grill.
You want to use a Low to Medium heat setting and on a gas grill you need to be very careful of flame ups. The bacon has a lot of grease and when it drips it catches fire easily. Personally I keep a spray bottle with clean water in it next to my gas grill for flame ups.
Cook until done. I like my bacon crispy so mine are usually pretty well-done. Your tastes may differ.

Step 4: Enjoy!

When done, put in bun and enjoy.
Traditionally Sonoran Dogs are topped with pinto beans and onions. I took it up a step and topped mine with baked beans.
And, I know this doesn't sound good, but I also sometimes cook them with BBQ sauce (as seen here) and it really tastes great.
Nothing say America like German beer, Mexican Hotdogs and Chinese fireworks.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    bacon hot dogs are from los angeles!!! did you miss the 3 month long farmer johnson comercials durring football? arizonas a terrible place this is not from there, i've been eating these things in hoolywood after night clubs for 10 years!! sonoran dog my foot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    As a resident of the desert which is the dog's namesake, I must tell you that you are missing a number of condiments that make it a sonoran dog rather than a bacon-dog. The sonoran dog is topped with sauteed onions, beans, mayonnaise, and tomatoes, at least.
    The condiments are a combination of Mexican and American influences, like the area which it is named for.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    While I've seen most of the vendors here in Phoenix put beans, onions and tomatoes (or Pico-D-Gallo) on them this is the first I've heard of mayonnaise. Of course like all regional foods, if you go 3 different "authentic" places you'll get the same dish served 3 (maybe 4) different ways. I've always said make it like you like it.



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I hope this doesn't come across as argumentative but my point was that without the toppings that make it a sonoran dog it is just a bacon dog. I will admit that mayo may be a quirk of Tucson but the point stands.
    I know most people don't care about such distinctions but i have a weird thing about calling things what they are. An orange is an orange is an orange, until it's a calamondin orange and you're expecting a navel.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    There no t enough words for the awesomeness of this.

    Kudos to you mate and sure to try tis at the next BBQ :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Girlfriend is heading out on a family visit. She doesn't care for hotdogs but while she is gone I'm going to try this.


    11 years ago on Step 4

    Great and delicious sounding Instructable! Do you think a solar hot-dog cooker would provide enough thermal energy to fully cook le bacon?

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    Reply 11 years ago on Step 4

    I know here in Phoenix a solar cooker would get plenty hot enough. It may take some time though. The good thing is you can see when the bacon is cooked, no pesty thermometer needed. And since hotdogs are usually precooked, you shouldn't have to worry about them as long as you used sanitary preparation.

    My roommate from Tuscon makes these by deep frying them and topping them with chili and melted cheese. They're pretty good and I'm sure they're terrible for you.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    OH man, these little things look great! I'll def have to try this out. NICE!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I've never heard of Sonoran Hotdogs, but I have wrapped my hotdogs in bacon, I am American after all :P


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Mikes hard lemonade. I hope thats not the German beer you were referring to. :|