Giddy Up! Try This Cowboy Hot Dogs Recipe

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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

Giddy Up! Try This Cowboy Hot Dogs Recipe
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 bison or other hot dogs
  • 4 potato hot dog buns
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices cooked bacon
  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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