Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cheddar Chili Dogs

Yesterday, Fri. the 4th I made some Cajun White Beans for myself along with cornbread and some chili sauce to have today with hot dogs. My wife belongs to a local program, Big Sisters. She is paired with a 10 year old girl and has contact with her 2 or 3 times a month. She is a nice little girl & she said she liked chili dogs. My wife had planned on eating lunch here, then taking her to a rock garden and then downtown Wapakoneta to ride a horse & carriage. I said we would have chili dogs.

In between cooking the beans & cornbread I smoked the 1 ½ lbs of ground chuck for about an hour & went to 225 deg the last ½ hour to render out some of the fat, then cooked up the sauce inside so it would be ready for today. I had fine shredded cheddar to top the chili dogs and some Ore Ida fast food fries to do in the oven.

I had bought a pack of hot dogs from my butcher. To my surprise they were cheese hot dogs so it would be double cheese. Put them on the Traeger at 225 deg for a half hour. I did the fries in the oven & the wife made root beer floats for her & her little sister. It was a pretty good lunch and our little guest enjoyed it.

After lunch we all went to the rock garden, Temple of Tolerance. For a view of this Ultimate Rock Garden just google “Temple of Tolerance Wapakoneta Ohio”

I’ll post my bean cook later.

Printable Chili Sauce Recipe

Ground Chuck Smokin

Browning veggies & ground chuck

The chili sauce

Cheddar dogs ready

My Plate

Smokin Don


  1. Been a long time since I have enjoyed a chili dog, now I really want one.
    What sort of pan is that in the first pic with the ground chuck?

  2. Hi Joe, It's a Weber veggie pan, got it from Amazon, $20. Works great for ground meat & have smoked nuts in it too. For veggies I like my Pampered Chef wire basket. Don