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Cheddar Brat Dog Wickles Kraut

Cheddar Brat Dog Wickles Kraut
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I mentioned this early this week in a post about watching football and eating bad food. Jill always request that I whip up my nachos or my hot dogs. We went with the Cheddar and Beer Brat given the Packers were playing. We enjoyed these while watching the Packers beat our Cowboys. Cough…questionable “no catch” call. Even if the Cowboys scored Aaron Rodgers was playing unstoppable so with 4 minutes they likely would have scored anyway.

On to the dog. I posted a hot dog recipe called Mr Jones and Me Hot Dog. I loosely use that as my base for hot dogs. I love the sweet, spicy, mustardy, krauty relish concoction I make to top the dog. The blistered wiener and the creamy but sharp freshly grated cheddar just work together with that relish kraut. So good… So easy.

Lastly a shout out to Wickles Pickles. I have them listed as product I always have on hand. Both the relish and the pickles. Damn they are so good. Sweet, Sour and Spicy. You really need to try them.
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Ingredients:
Cheddar and Beer Brat
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sauerkraut
Wickles Pickles Relish
Pickled Jalapenos
Stone Ground Mustard
Soft Fresh Hot Dog Buns
Ketchup

Directions
It’s a hot dog people. There are two steps I take that might be unique.
1. I split my wiener in half and place a lid on top of them while they are cooking on medium heat. Jill and I like them partially black.

2. I put 2 parts kraut 1 part Wickles Pickles Relish and a handful of jalapenos diced up and mustard. I cook this on medium heat until it’s starting to dry out and crust up on areas.

3. Ketchup on one side of the bun and mustard on the other side. Lay the dog down, top with kraut relish and top with cheddar.
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“Mr. Jones and Me” Dogs

Mr. Jones and Me Dogs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mr. Jones and Me Dogs

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It’s fun hearing friends talk about their family traditions and foods they cook. One of our friends Sara, was telling us once about her family’s special hot dogs.   Franks wrapped with bacon and then sauerkraut that was cooked until semi crunchy.     So one holiday we were thinking hot dogs and decided to give her dog a shot. Over time we have taken their version and made it my own.

So I tip my hat to Mr. Jones and give him reference via the Counting Crows song Mr. Jones.   This is a storyteller version of Mr Jones and is my favorite http://vimeo.com/64669615

Sorry the audio on this vimeo version blows but worth a listen and get a hold of one with better sound. That said, I checked the link and listened to again.. Damn, Adam is still one of my favorite singers.

Ingredients (4 dogs)
White hot buns (soft and white) Gotta keep it low brow.
4 bun length dogs (good ones without all the junk)
1 cup of freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of sauerkraut
3 tbs of dice pickled jalapenos
3 tbs of diced Wickles Pickles
2 tbs of spicy mustard
1 Modelo Beer
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo…whatever wets your whistle)
1-2 strips of crispy bacon (cut into chunks)

Directions:
Really the only directions I would suggest are around the kraut and the hot dog.

1. I butterfly my dog by cutting a slit and opening it up without breaking it into two pieces. In a medium heated skillet and open them up face down with a little oil and a small lid on top of them to keep them flat. We like a little black on our dogs so I get a nice sear on the inside.   Once flipped put the lid on them again but I add a little beer and keep burning it off. It imparts some flavor and also steams them to stay moist.

2. Then in another pan I add my kraut, jalapenos and Wickles pickles and cook on medium to medium low heat. Once it dries out a bit I add beer and about 2 tbs of grainy mustard. I keep adding beer and burning it off.
Roast or microwave your bacon until crispy and break up in to a topping. You could do the bacon first and then the kraut in that same pan to infuse that flavor into the kraut. We had some already roasted so I just reheated it.

Assemble. We are ketchup and mustard hot dog people. Lay down whatever condiment pleases you. Then the dog, cheese, kraut and bacon in whatever order you please.
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