Giddy Up! Try This Cowboy Hot Dogs Recipe

May 8, 2014 12:00 pm

Bison hot dogs loaded with onions and bacon

Photo: Sunset Magazine
Photo: Sunset Magazine
Travel to the wild wild west with these bison hot dogs, loaded with caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce.

If there's one magazine that publishes great cookbooks, it's California-based Sunset. Their simple, fresh and flavorful recipes come from all over the western United States, but will find their way into your repertoire no matter where you are. Need a go-to hot dog recipe? This one balances lean bison franks with bacon, caramelized onions and barbecue sauce.

"The aroma of caramelizing onions builds anticipation for these over-the-top bison dogs, loaded with the onions — plus bacon and barbecue sauce."

Reprinted with permission from Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook

Servings: 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, cut into half-moons
4 bison or other hot dogs
4 potato hot dog buns
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard, such as Gulden's
4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat on a camp stove, or over a charcoal or wood-fired grill heated to medium (350°; you can hold your hand 5 inches above cooking grate for only 7 seconds).
  2. Add onion and cook until deep golden and very tender, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, if you don’t already have it going, heat a charcoal or wood-fired grill to medium (see step 1).
  4. Grill hot dogs until slightly charred all over, about 6 minutes, turning occasionally.
  5. Add buns and grill, turning frequently, until warmed and lightly charred, about 3 minutes.
  6. Spread buns with mayonnaise and drizzle with mustard and barbecue sauce.
  7. Set hot dogs in buns. Sprinkle cheese on top, followed by caramelized onions and bacon.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
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