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10+ EPIC Hotdogs: MANdogs

Updated: May 25, 2020


Welcome to hot dog heaven! Since we do things big around here, let me introduce our MANdogs: epic hot dogs perfected in many different ways so they will be amazing for your friends and family.

  • Package of 6-8 of your favorite hot dogs (or check preferred list below)

  • 14 oz beef stock

  • one can or bottle stout beer (Keto diets use low carb option. Gluten-free use GF option)

  • 4 TBSN butter

  • Package of fresh hot dog buns or hoagie rolls (Use preferred Keto or GF roll alternative)

  • Ketchup or Spicy Beer Mustard

Top 5 Hot Dogs by Buon Appetit' magazine, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune:

  • Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks

  • Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

  • Hebrew National Beef Franks

  • Boar’s Head Beef Frankfurters with Natural Casing

  • Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog

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Large sauce pan with lid, cooking spoon, tongs, measuring cup. Preheat BBQ grill.

Prep: 10 min Cook: 3-10 min on stovetop and grill Ready: 20 min Serves: 6-8 hot dogs



1. Add beef broth, stout beer and butter to a large sauce pan.

2. Turn the heat on medium-high. Stir to mix. Heat the pan until the broth starts to boil.

3. Using tongs, add hot dogs one at-a time. Cover pan and lower heat to simmer in slight boil.

4. Boil and steam hot dogs for 3 minutes.

5. Remove hot dogs from pan onto paper towel. Ready to serve if desired. Save beef stock/butter mixture if you wish to brush marinade after grilling.

If you want to add grill marks to your MANdogs:

6. Spray the cold grates of your grill with cooking spray.

7. Preheat a gas grill on high. For a charcoal grill, preheat until the charcoal is covered with a white ash. Once the grill is heated, reduce the heat to medium for standard beef franks and to medium/low for beef franks with lower fat content. 8. Place hot dogs onto the grill using tongs and position the franks perpendicular to your grill gates. This will ensure that your franks get the best grill marks possible. 9. Using grill tongs, roll your beef frank over and grill each side of your frank for about a minute on each side. Don’t worry if you turn them too much to avoid burning or splitting.

10. After 4-5 minutes, remove hot dogs from grill and marinate with beef stock/butter mixture using marinating brush. Brush off any burnt ash from grill.

11. Place hot dogs in buns and top with ketchup and/or Spicy Beer Mustard. Serve immediately.



1 serving: 110 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 200mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.

Although hot dogs are a popular summer food, they are not recommended by health professionals due to its low nutrition levels and process of meat. A typical pork hot dog contains 204 calories and 18 g of total fat and 620 g of sodium — and this is before condiments are added. Consuming too many hot dogs over a long period of time may increase health risks like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.




Spicy Mexican MANdog

Cover with Mexican refried beans, diced tomatoes, green chilies, shredded Mexican blend cheese, and sprinkle Tabasco on top.


Chili & Cheese MANdog

Cover with your favorite chili and sprinkle shredded Cheddar or slice of American cheese on top.


Macaroni, Bacon & Beer Cheese MANdog

Cover with Macaroni and Beer Cheese and top with crumbled bacon.


Red, White & Blue MANdog

Cover with Blue cheese, stripes of ketchup and ranch dressing. Top with thin slices of white onion and roasted red peppers.


My Big Fat Greek MANdog

Cover with crumbled Feta cheese, halved cherry tomatoes, and diced Kalamata Olives. Top with Greek dressing and dash of lemon juice.


Baked Crescent MANdog

Do not precook franks as instructed above.

Heat oven to 375°F. Slit hot dogs to within 1/2 inch of ends; insert 3 strips of American cheese into each slit. Replace buns with one can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls. Separate dough into squares of 2 triangles. Wrap one dough square “blanket” around each hot dog. Place franks on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up. Bake at 375°F. for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.


Mac & Beer Cheese MANdog Bowl

Lose the bun. Chop up hot dogs and add either Macaroni and Beer Cheese or chili and cheese.


Italiano Pizza MANdog

Toast buns and line sides of bun with sliced mushrooms or pepperoni slices. Cover with marinara pasta sauce, top with shredded mozzarella cheese, and sprinkle of garlic powder and oregano.


Grilled Fajita MANdog

Fill soft flour tortillas with franks, top with grilled green and red peppers, grilled onions and shredded Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with fajita seasoning. Grill wrapped tortilla for four minutes on each side to add grill marks in flour tortillas. Serve with sides of sour cream and guacamole.


Beer Boiled Bavarian MANdog

Boil sauerkraut with MANDogs in stout beer and butter. Cover with beer boiled sauerkraut and Spicy Beer Mustard.


Chicago Style MANdog

Prepare using Boar’s Head Beef Frankfurters with Natural Casing. Use poppy seed buns. This MANdog is loaded- covered with chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, and pickled peppers. Then topped with yellow mustard and a dash of celery salt.


Coney Island MANdog

Prepare using Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks. Cover with seasoned ground beef, chopped white onion. Then top with spicy yellow or Dijon mustard.


Veggie Celebration MANdog

Use Vegan hot dog alternatives. Cover with shredded lettuce, purple cabbage, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, and diced red onions. Top with Vegan friendly ketchup and mustard.


Cowboy Pork n’ Bean MANdog

Toast bun and line with cooked bacon. Place frank in bun and top with BBQ baked beans and chopped white onion. Top with spicy yellow mustard or your favorite BBQ sauce.





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