Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

A while back I did a post on Air Fryer Hot Dogs. Today it’s still my number one pinned and viewed recipe. I’m still amazed at how popular it is, but I really shouldn’t be surprised because when you can’t grill out those hot dogs, cooking them in the air fryer is the next best thing. But what about hot dogs wrapped in bacon? I am such a bacon lover…hubby even says I might one day need an intervention, but that’s beside the point. These bacon wrapped hot dogs are so delicious. I mean come on, how can your mouth not water just thinking about it. *sigh* Not only do you get the taste of a grilled dog without using the grill, but the hot dogs stay so juicy and the bacon adds a nice smoky flavor.

These were so easy to make. I wasn’t sure if the bacon would come unwrapped during the cooking time, but it did not. Just make sure that the ends of the bacon are underneath the hotdog. If you are still unsure, you can always secure with toothpicks, just be sure to remove them before placing them in the hot dog buns.

So if you are ready to take you air fryer hot dogs to the next level, here’s what you need:

*hot dogs

*bacon, one slice per dog

Preheat the air fryer at 400°

While the air fryer is preheating, take one hot dog and starting at one end, wrap a slice of bacon around the hot dog.

Keep wrapping the bacon all the way to the other end. Notice how I overlapped the starting end of the bacon, this helps keep it from unwrapping during cooking.

Continue with desired amount of hot dogs.

Place the hot dogs in the air fryer basket with the ends of the bacon underneath each hot dog.

Cook for 5 minutes. Flip the hot dogs over, at this point the bacon has been cooked enough where it shouldn’t unwrap. Cook for another 2 minutes or more until the bacon is cooked.

*Note*

Cooking time might vary depending on the brand and size of the air fryer.

Serve in hot dog buns with desired toppings.

Enjoy!

Air Fryer Crescent Dogs with Bacon

We had some leftover hot dogs from when I made the air fryer pizza dogs so you probably know me by now that I can’t let anything go to waste, so once again I’m turning to the air fryer. This time I made Crescent dogs….. with bacon. These make a fun lunch or dinner instead of the same old hot dogs. I know I need to practice on my dough wrapping skills for sure, but these are super easy and they do not take long to make. Another plus is the bacon….need I say more? You can also cut the hot dogs in half to make mini crescent dogs for appetizers.

Here’s what you need:

*hot dogs

*1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls; to wrap the whole hot dog I used 2 triangular crescent roll dough pieced together so if you are making more than 4 dogs, you will need 2 tubes (each tube contains 8 small triangles).

*1 slice of bacon per crescent dogs, cooked until semi crisp

Preheat the air fryer at 370°

While air fryer is preheating, unwrap the crescent dough and separate each triangle. Take 2 triangles and pinch them together at the seem to make one larger rectangle. Take one slice of bacon and break into pieces and place the pieces onto the dough.

Next, take one hot dog and lay it horizontally across the top of the dough.

Roll the dough around the the hot dog.

I like leaving the ends of the hot dogs out, but you can form the dough to enclose them if you prefer.

I was afraid that the dough would bake into the holes of the basket of the air fryer, so I placed a piece of parchment paper inside.

My air fryer came with these niffty round ones with holes, but you can cut a sheet of regular size parchment to fit the inside of the basket.

Place the crescent dogs in the basket leaving a space in between each one so they will cook on the sides and so they will not stick together.

I had to do 3 at a time.

Cook for 4 minutes, then turn them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough is cooked all the way through and the hotdogs are cooked as well.

*Note*

Cooking time might vary depending on the brand and size of the air fryer.

Carefully remove the crescent dogs and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Do you love grilled hot dogs as much as I do? But what if you get that craving for one and you can’t fire up the grill? Boiling them is ok as well when you’re in a pinch for time, but it does seem to lack flavor. I found that the next best thing to grilling them, is put those little babies in the air fryer. They come out really tasty and it takes no time at all to have them on the table. Pair this with my hot dog chili and you have one great, flavorful dog. My hubby even approved and went for seconds.

Here’s how to cook them in the air fryer:

Preheat the air fryer by running it at 400° for 5 minutes.

Place the hot dogs in the air fryer in an even layer.

Cook for 3 minutes and then shake the basket. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.

*Note*

Cooking times may vary depending on the size and the brand, so make sure to check them around the 3 minute mark. I sacrificed a few hot dogs by not doing this.

Remove hot dogs and place in buns. These are also great cut up and cooked in scrambled eggs.

Enjoy!

Hot Dog Tacos

I’m putting a spin on your ordinary tacos. These are great for using up any left over hot dogs. The hotdogs are split then pan seared in a little bit of an oil mixture with cumin, coriander and chili powder. Then the hotdog tacos are layered with guacamole, cheese, crema, and some Guatemalan slaw all tucked into a nice, crispy taco. It doesn’t have to be a Tuesday to get your taco fix.

Here’s what you need:

*crispy taco shells; I found that the stand and stuff version work better because it holds more filling.

*hot dogs, split lengthwise

*1 TBS canola oil

*1/4 tsp. cumin

*1/4 tsp. coriander

*1/4 tsp. chili powder

*Guacamole

*shredded cheese, I used a cheddar and Colby Jack blend

*Guatemalan slaw

Make the Guatemalan slaw and set aside.

Make the Guacamole if preparing it homemade. Place plastic wrap onto the guacamole and then cover tightly so it will not turn brown; set aside

Heat taco shells following the directions on the box.

While the taco shells are heating, heat a large pan on medium high heat. Mix together the oil, cumin, coriander and chili powder and pour into the pan.

Place the hotdogs in the pan and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until they start to turn brown.

Turn them over and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes or until that side starts to turn brown.

Time to build your taco. Add a layer of guacamole on the bottom of the shell, then place the two halves of the hotdogs on top of the guacamole. Next dollop….yes dollop some crema or sour cream over the hotdogs, then layer on the cheese. Top with the Guatemalan slaw and enjoy!

Oven Roasted BBQ Bourbon Hot Dogs and Mac and Cheese

I was watching the Food Network recently….ok, so I’m always watching the Food Network and saw a grilling episode where Susie Bulloch was making burnt end hot dogs( https://heygrillhey.com/hot-dog-burnt-ends/#wprm-recipe-container-4713). They look really tasty don’t they? I started thinking, what if I did something similar to that, but in the oven and made the BBQ sauce a bit more interesting, like adding some bourbon. But why stop there, why not have it over some mac and cheese? Yes, please. After I played around with the recipe a bit and announced to hubby what I would be making for dinner, he did pause for a minute, but being the one who is always willing to try my newest food creations….good or bad (and a few in the past have been not so good) he thought that I should make it. It did not disappoint. The hot dogs had a nice bbq flavor with a subtle kick with the bourbon and chipotle powder. It paired really well with the creamy, cheesy mac and cheese. Did I mention that the mac and cheese is all done in one pot? That makes it even better.

Here’s what you need:

For the BBQ Bourbon Hot Dogs:

For The Rub:

*2 pkgs of hot dogs; I used all beef; cut into bite size pieces

*1 TBS mustard

*1 TBS BBQ rub; I like Penzey’s BBQ of the Americas https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/barbecue-of-the-americas/c-24/p-498/pd-s

For The BBQ Bourbon Sauce:

*1 C. your favorite BBQ sauce

*1/4 C. Bourbon

*1/4 tsp. Chipotle powder, or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. garlic powder; or more to taste

*2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 225°

In a large bowl add hot dog pieces; add ingredients to the rub to the hot dogs and toss to coat.

Spray a baking pan with no stick spray and pour the hot dogs into the pan. Spread evenly in one layer.

Cook for 1 hour. Mix together all of the ingredients to the BBQ sauce; set aside.

After 1 hour, pour the BBQ sauce over the hot dogs and mix until they are all coated in the sauce.

Raise the oven temperature to 375°

cook for about 20 minutes more.

Stir once more after they come out of the oven.

Just try not to eat them all before you get the mac and cheese made.

I made the mac and cheese while the hot dogs were in the oven after coated with the BBQ sauce.

For the mac and Cheese

*3 1/2 TBS butter

*3 TBS flour

*2 C. milk

*2 1/2 C. water

*1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

*1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)

*1 tsp. salt or more to taste

*white pepper to taste

*2 1/2 C. elbow macaroni

*1 C. Cheddar cheese

*1 C. Colby Jack cheese

Heat a medium pot to medium high heat; add butter. When the butter melts, add in the flour and stir to combine. Cook for about 1 minute while stirring. Pour in 3/4 C. of the milk and stir until smooth and it starts to thicken.

add in remaining milk, water and seasonings; stir to combine.

Add macaroni and stir.

When the milk starts to steam, turn the heat down to medium low. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until macaroni is al dente and sauce has thickened; stirring often.

Take off of the heat and stir in the cheeses until melted.

Place a serving of mac and cheese on a plate and top with the BBQ Bourbon Hot Dogs.