Healthy or not, hot dogs are an American staple.
You can find them at the ballpark, at fairs, on the backyard grill, and of course on a campsite. It’s for good reason too!
For those of you that love history, hot dogs originated in 1871, when Charles Feltman, a German butcher opened the first Coney Island hot dog stand. During his first year in business, he sold 3,684 hot dogs in a bun. That same year, the Columbian Exposition brought thousands of visitors to Chicago who needed fast, filling, and convenient foods – and the hot dog was there to fill that need.
Suffice to say, the idea took off.
Today, hot dogs are still “street food” and in addition to the same convenience factor they had back in 1871, they allow meat companies to use up some of the “spare parts” of animals that are typically less popular.
While this might seem gross, it’s true, and in all honesty, hot dogs don’t taste bad at all!
As far as camping is concerned, hot dogs are just as awesome as they were in Feltman’s day: they’re easy to cook, fast, require few dishes, and they’re filling. As a bonus, the kids love them!
But plain old hot dogs get boring, so today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to cook hot dogs over a campfire.
Excuse me while I go and make these.
Boiled in beer
The traditional way
In Foil: 3 Ways
Wrapped In Crescent Rolls
The caption says “Man cannot live by trail mix alone”
So very, very true.
Stuffed With Cheese
Stuffed With Jalapenos
Bulk Chili Cheese Dogs
Pigs in Ponchos
…..And then there’s this gem: Pin
I’m crying laughing! I just can’t!
However you like your hot dogs, be they boiled, char-grilled, smothered in cheese, or raw (??) you can make them over a campfire! Hot dogs and campfire were born for each other, and if you’re not packing them for your next trip, you’re missing out!
Til Next Time,
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