On Our Grills – Hot Diggity Dog

by zydecopaws on July 18, 2011

The On Our Grills 4-ingredient Challenge has a “food of the month” theme for July. Apparently July is National Hot Dog, National Baked Bean, and National Blueberry Month. Who knew one month could have so many national foods? And to round this out, the fourth ingredient is dill pickles.

The real challenge for me this month wasn’t what to cook, but getting good pictures of it. I actually had to make the meal twice as only one picture was worth a darn from the first time around. So to pick up where I left off in that last post, here is the grill shot again.

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You’ll notice that this time you can even see smoke beans down below the top grill. That pan just happens to fit in Bubba Ho-Keg’s diffuser rack. Pretty convenient, and keeps me from having to purchase a spider rig. They didn’t turn out quite as good as they do when spending time under a drippier cut of meat, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t any good. However, I am going to be eating them for awhile; maybe I can convince Pigdog to help me dispose of them.

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The dill pickle was turned into a tomato-pickle relish (chopped tomato, chopped pickle, dash of no-salt garlic spice mix) and put on the finished hot dog with some foiled onions (sliced sweet onion, butter, salt, pepper, wrapped in foil and left on the grill for the entire cook).

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The blueberries were used in that Red, White, and Blue dessert you can see on the back of the plate. I had help from the wife on this; she whipped up some heavy cream, honey, and vanilla that was mixed with fresh white peaches, raspberries, and blueberries. It wasn’t very photogenic either time, so I dressed it up for this picture with some additional fruit added to the top of the mix, then topped with additional whipped cream.

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All in all, a very easy meal to prepare. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogger’s sites and see what they came up with. We have a couple of new folks that have decided to join the madness, so be sure to stop in and leave a comment so they will come back and do it again next month.

About this month’s “On Our Grills” 4 Ingredient Challenge Bloggers

The BBQ Grail
The BBQ Grail website was created in 2007, initially to document the author’s quest to find the perfect backyard BBQ experience. Since that time The BBQ Grail has become one of the more popular BBQ blogs on the internet and is listed on Alltop.com as one of the top BBQ blogs.

Bob’s Brew and ‘Que
Bob started Bob’s Brew and ‘Que in August of 2009 with the intent of sharing his views on food and drink. Originally focused on BBQ and Homebrew, it was inevitable that the influences of his upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s wealth of ingredients as well as his heritage as an American of Japanese ancestry would help focus his blog, as it has his approach to food and drink.

Jason’s BBQ Adventures
Jason is the latest victim, er… blogger to join in on the fun. He’s been food-blogging for awhile, but no one thought to ask him for his biography in time for publication. But that shouldn’t stop you from checking out his offerings…

Oshawa Ogre’s Views, News & BBQ’s
Wilfred is somewhat of a newcomer to the BBQ scene having only done standard grilling for most of his 50 years, He found and became passionate about Low & Slow about 2 years ago. and that passion also morphed into a second hobby which is writing. Oshawa Ogre’s Views News & BBQ’s has been a project that has taken on a life of it’s own and blessed him with many many new friends in the BBQ community on Twitter, facebook and through the blog.

Nibble Me This
Nibble Me This is Chris Grove’s blog about his misadventures in live fire cooking. ”I have no culinary training….I’m just entertaining myself with fire and food”.

The Dutchess Cooks
After years of cooking, grilling, baking and reading other people’s blogs, she thought “why not start my own blog?” And she did, in 2010, but after a short period of time a blog wasn’t enough and the she started her own website. In her own words: “It’s not my goal to publish or come up with fancy and difficult recipes: just good and delicious food with an international twist! Straight from my plate to yours!”

Grill Adventures by Broadcast Marc
Grill Adventures by broadcastmarc was started in March of 2010. According to the author, he started the BBQ thing when he was 30, before that they ate a lot outside and had fun, but when kids came into their life they started serious cooking. Most of it is really healthy. The grill has a special place in his heart because they love to do things outside. Everything he makes is an adventure, and sometimes they use the books. They try to grill as much as they can year round.

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Bob July 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

For some reason, I want a fruit parfait. Nicely done Paul. I am sure Pigdog can be convinced to come over and eat.


zydecopaws July 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

It generally doesn’t take much to convince him to come over and eat. In fact, rumor has it he is showing up for dinner tonight…


Hanneke July 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

maybe easy but delicious :-))


Marc July 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Looks nice…the picture’s too ;-)


Kristina Vanni July 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Gorgeous! That plate is making me hungry :) I am excited to join the 4 ingredient challenge next month. Gave you a quick shout out on The Daily Dish today. Hope you consider entering our grilling contest this week! http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2011/07/18/special-summer-grill-off-wild-card/


zydecopaws July 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

We look forward to seeing what you will cook up with August’s list. Time permitting, I’ll give the grilling contest a whirl, sounds like fun.


BBQ Grail July 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Holy Hot Dogs Batman! Those beans looks amazing. Great job…


zydecopaws July 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

The beans weren’t quite as tasty as when they sit under ribs or brisket, but they were still pretty darn good.


GYSC July 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Even the hot dog roll looks amazing!


zydecopaws July 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’ll have you know I went all out for this challenge and purchased upscale buns. Well, that and the kids ate all the normal cheap ones we buy…


Old Smoke July 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Good Job of dressing up the dogs!
I just hate seeing nekkid dogs out in public…;)
BTW it all looks good!


zydecopaws July 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thanks. Can’t have those nekkid dogs running around loose…


Chris July 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yeah, those hot dogs just down drip rendered fat like a brisket or butt, huh?

It all still looks great, especially the tomato pickle relish.


zydecopaws July 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

The tomato-pickle relish was a last minute inspiration, mainly because I didn’t want Larry busting my chops for using store-bought relish. It turned out so well that I may never buy relish again…


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