Fourth of July Hot Dog Recipe

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Fourth of July Celebration


Fourth of July is a special day for celebration and what a better way to spend the day then having a huge barbeque. We pretty much barbeque practically the whole meal. Corn, veggies, Savory ribs, moist chicken, Spicy Italian sausages, juicy hamburgers, marinated tender Flank steak and of course everyone’s favorite, plump hot dog’s! I normally don’t eat hot dogs except on the Fourth of July I indulge in one, okay maybe two, but not just any hot dog, Nate & Al famous “special” hot dogs.

They were named “Best Hot Dog” by Reader’s Digest. Hollywood director Nora Ephron  (Sleepless in Seattle) told the New York Times if she could have one final meal, it would be “a Nate ‘n Al hotdog.” Same for me only I would throw in an “In N Out” burger!

My favorite part of enjoying this hot dog is when you bite into them. I love the way they snap and then immediately taste just the right amount of seasonings.

My personal favorite way to prepare them is to simply boil them in water until they are hot and plump and serve it in a steamy bun with Dijon Mustard and Sauerkraut New York style! My husband and kids love them charred on the grill served in soft buns! Any way you choose to have them you are in for a treat!

Nate’ n Al “special” hot dogs are available for nationwide shipping by ordering in-store at Nate’ n Al


1-Quart Sauerkraut

2 Tablespoons Canola Oil

1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin

1-Tablespoon Tomato Paste

½ cup water

1 Dozen Nat & Al Hot Dogs or All Beef Hot Dogs

1 Dozen Hot Dog Buns

Garnishes: Ketchup, Dijon or Yellow mustard, kosher sliced pickles


Heat a saucepan on high heat for 30 seconds add olive oil and onions. Turn the heat to medium and sauté the onions for 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato paste, stir and cook for 30 seconds stirring constantly then add ½ cup water. Pour the whole quart of Sauerkraut along with its juice into the saucepan. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover with a lid remove from heat and set aside. Can be made up to 3 days before.

When you are ready to grill the hot dogs heat up the Sauerkraut.

Heat an indoor or outdoor grill for 20 minutes. Score the Hot Dogs with a small sharp knife by slicing 3 to 4 shallow slashes. Place on a hot grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are cooked through.

Serve with a helping of Sauerkraut and your favorite condiments!

I have an easy and impressive recipe to share with you! It is an American Flag cake that is a perfect dessert for this special occasion!

Happy Fourth Everyone!



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