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Video:Tips to Cook Hotdogs Over Fire

with Brent Rose

Learn how to cook hotdogs in a campfire with different techniques. Campfire hotdogs can be roasteSee Transcript

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Transcript:Tips to Cook Hotdogs Over Fire

Hi, I’m Brent Rose for About.com and today I’m going to show you a few techniques for cooking hotdogs in a campfire.

First off, I like to score hotdogs by making small diagonal slits along the length of all four sides. This can help prevent blistering and popping, it gives you more surface area to soak up condiments, and it just looks much cooler. You don’t have to go very deep, just enough to break the skin.

Skewer the Hot Dog and Rotate Over the Fire

Really, all you need to roast a hotdog in a campfire is a sick. Make sure it’s strong enough to support the hotdog, and long enough that you can stay far enough away from the fire to keep from inhaling too much smoke or getting burned. Also make sure it hasn’t come into contact with poison oak, poison ivy, or sumac.

Thread the stick into one end of the hotdog, trying to keep it going through the middle. Put the stick in at least half of the dog’s length. You don’t need high flames to roast a hotdog, in fact, bed of coals is preferable because the heat will be more even, but either will due. Keep a close eye on the dog, and rotate it frequently. Almost all hotdogs sold in the U.S. are pre-cooked, so really you’re just trying to get them hot, and maybe a little crispy on the outside. For uncooked hotdogs, follow the instructions on the package regarding cook times and temperature.

If the wind shifts and starts blowing smoke in your face, move to another spot around the fire so you inhale as little smoke as possible. Once it’s done, just slide it off the stick and onto a plate or into a bun.

Bake Hot Dogs Over the Campfire With Aluminum Foil

Simply tear off a square of aluminum foil, toss a couple of hotdog on there, roll it up from one side, then fold in the ends. You can then take this little package and put it directly in the coals. Be extremely careful when doing this that you don’t burn your hands. Heavy gloves made for high heat are recommended when laying the hotdogs on the coals.

Use a metal trowel or a stick to pull more coals on top of the package . Just don’t forget where your buried it. Cooking time will vary depending on how hot your coal bed is, and how done you like your dogs. I only left these in for about five minutes, and that was just about perfect. Use a pair of tongs or some sticks to remove them from the coals. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before you carefully unwrap the package. These dogs are crispy and ready to eat.

Boil Your Hot Dogs

If you’re missing your days at the ballpark, perhaps you’d like to boil your hotdogs. Fill a campfire safe pot with clean water, and make sure you have detachable handle or something you can use to remove it from the fire. Put the pot directly in the coals, and bring it to a boil (covering it with foil or a lid will help speed that along).

Once it’s boiling, put the hotdogs in, recover, and let them boil for just a couple of minutes, then pull them off the heat, and let them sit in the hot water for another five minutes or so. The hotdogs should be plump and juicy.

Use a Cast Iron Pan Over the Fire

Lastly, if you have a cast iron pan, you can just toss it directly on the coals, add a little butter or oil to help prevent sticking, and once it’s hot, just toss the dogs right in there. Again, high heat gloves are practically a necessity for this one. Rotate them frequently, checking for doneness. Cook times will vary greatly depending on the intensity of the heat, but cook them until they are hot all the way through and beginning to brown on the outside.

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