Friday, July 16, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Texas Hot Dogs

Bobby Flay's recipe is the cure for the boring hot dog. (And if you don't feel like making your own BBQ sauce and you use it from a bottle, I promise not to tell!) I bought some hot dogs the other day on a buy one, get TWO free sale and scored some BBQ sauce for $.25. I'll get some nice buns at the corner market (Taylor's) and my husband will whip up the coleslaw. Add some corn which is 6 for $.96 right now and some lemonade and you've got dinner!


8 kosher beef hot dogs
8 good quality hot dog buns, split 3/4 through

For the BBQ sauce:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 cups canned plum tomatoes and juices, pureed
1 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
3 tablespoons pasilla chili powder
2 to 4 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, pureed (depending on how spicy you like it)
Freshly ground black pepper

For the cole slaw:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 small white onion, grated
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon celery salt
3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored, finely shredded
1 large carrot, finely shredded
Sour dill pickles (not half sour), for serving

For the hot dogs:

Heat the grill to high. Grill dogs until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Remove to a plate. Place buns on the grill cut side down and grill until lightly golden brown, about 20 seconds.

For the BBQ sauce:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 30 to 40 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature. Sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container.

For the cole slaw:

Whisk together the mayonnaise, onion, sugar, celery salt, vinegar and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cabbage and carrot and stir to combine, season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

Place hot dogs in the buns and brush dogs with BBQ sauce, top with coleslaw and pickle.

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