I love watching Food Network, if you're reading this chances are you do too. On the Next Food Network Star, they always preach.."figure out who you are as a cook". I thought about that. As much as I would love to say I'm a gourmet, deconstructionist type that dabbles in molecular gastronomy and is uber inventive, I can't. Well, I can SAY that, but it wouldn't be true. I'm that girl that takes the food we have always eaten.and just makes it a little bit better.
I grew up eating Dairy Queen Chili Dogs from the DQ in Eleanor WVa (holla!!). And I don't care who or where you are, no other DQ can compete with this one. I remember being able to buy a chili dog, french fry and a soda (sorry Wva. peeps...POP) for $2, i'm certain came from the couch cushions.
When I visit my grandparents in Fairmont WV..it's a given that we visit Woody's for a hotdog. Nothing gourmet about it...but it sure is good.
It's hard to find a good chilidog outside of WV in my opinion. A few years ago, we were having a potluck lunch in the office and a good friend of mine, Robbin,who is also a WV. native, brought in dogs in sauce..in the slowcooker! I've never had it this way. And I gotta tell you, cooking your dogs in a slowcooker turns them into another kind of meat. As close to gourmet as you can get a hot dog. They're tender melt in your mouth delicious. Her hot dog sauce (chili) was as close to home as I remember. I was so excited when she sent me her recipe the other day. I modified a little bit so this recipe is based on her original. But please, no matter what you do..don't forget the slaw. It's almost as important as the chili :)
- Robbin's Hotdog Sauce
1 C. finely chopped onion
1 clove chopped garlic
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (i LOVE spicy chili, so this is to taste)
1 pounds ground beef - you can add more beef or pork also. This recipe is for only 1lb so if you think you need more just increase the ingredients.
1 T. black pepper
1 T. salt
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 small can tomato paste - after you empty paste into meat, fill can with water and add to mixture.
1/8 cup of brown sugar
1 package of sloppy joe mix
In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic and red pepper in the olive oil until tender but not browned. Crumble the raw hamburger and add to the pot. Brown meat . Add the remaining Ingredients and cook, covered, over low heat, just simmering, for two more hours. (this is when I put my hotdog in a crock pot and add the sauce and let it cook for 2 hours on low..YUMMY
PS..the longer you cook the dogs, the more tender they'll be. I don't mind a 6-8 hour simmer. It's gonna knock your socks off!!
If you wish a thinner sauce, add more water half way through the final two hours. For thick sauce, cook down, uncovered for a while longer.
Into the slowcookerEveryone into the POOLSayyyyy Chilidog :)HOT DOG..HOT DOG..HOT DOG..MOMMY PLEEEEASE
<-- mustard and onions
add the slaw------>
Yes, hot dogs should be eaten off paper plates...