We’re taking the backyard barbecue up a level by elevating the basic grill-friendly hot dog with a DIY toppings and hot dog bar that takes you on a tour of America! Set up a DIY Americana Hot Dog Bar with a menu of ingredients from your favorite cities in the US of A!
The summer is still sizzling and we’re just trying to take it all in. The so called “lazy days” of summer aren’t quite so lazy around here, and in fact feel more full than ever. Birthday parties, baby showers and then of course, soaking up as much sunshine, barbecues and friends as we can in our free moments of what I like to call the in-between. You guys, I’m feeling it. The days are long, and full and I wouldn’t have them any other way… yet I’m also falling into bed each night with a happy heart and completely spent. And the thing is? I’m totally okay with it. Yes, I’ve definitely been more quiet around here, but I know all seasons ebb and flow and right now I’m in the season of summer and trying to soak in all the goodness I can from it!
With that said, hosting people is my jam and even when life get’s busy it’s fun to have some easy entertaining ideas on the back burner. As easy as hot dogs on the grill are, having a DIY toppings bar makes them such a great party pleaser. Giving a nod to your favorite cities with flavors from around the US is just the icing.
So today, I’m sharing a little secret about hosting a get together without putting so much pressure on yourself! And to make it even easier, have your guests bring a pack of hot dogs and toppings for their favorite city-inspired dog for a more pot-luck style gathering! It’s a great way to get conversation started as well… the why behind everyones choices. Set it all out there for a DIY hot dog bar, grill up the “dogs” and you’re ready to go.
I know we’re past Memorial Day and July 4th… but any summer day can be a fun day to celebrate your fave USA cities! Or just pin this post to save for your next red, white and blue bash!
Ready to throw an easy backyard BBQ? Below I’ve rounded up the most popular city hot dog inspirations from the great ole’ USA for your own DIY hot dog bar!
Hot dog, mustard, sauerkraut, onion sauce
Bratwurst, cream cheese, sliced raw jalapeños, chopped cabbage sriracha
Hot dog, chili, chopped onions, cole slaw
Hot dog, tomato-based meat chili sauce, mustard
DETROIT (Coney Dog):
Hot dog, beefy chili, shredded cheddar, onion
Hot dog, poppy seed bun, pickle spear, celery salt, tomatoes, whole pickled peppers, chopped onions, bright green relish, mustard
Hot dog, sesame seed bun, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese
Hot dog, chopped red onion, green chili sauce, sour cream, chopped jalapeños
Bacon-wrapped hot dog, barbecue sauce, chopped scallions, shredded cheddar
Open hot dog bun, sliced hot dog, cheese, chili, chopped onions, sliced pickles, oyster crackers, ketchup, mustard
Hot dog on an Italian roll, fried peppers, onions, fried potatoes
Kielbasa, french fries, hot sauce, cole slaw
Fried bologna wrapped around a fried hot dog, mustard
Bacon-wrapped hot dog, relish, tomatoes, onions, avocado, mayonnaise
Sausage on a toasted hard roll, butter, spicy mustard, sweet pickles, sauerkraut
Hot dog with or wrapped in bacon, mayonnaise, pickles, shallots, tomatoes, shredded lettuce
Hawaiian sweet bread roll, hot dog, ketchup, mustard, fruit sauces