If they served these reduced guilt turkey bacon turkey hot dogs at your Fourth of July hot dog eating contest you would take first prize! One Saturday my family went to a friend’s birthday party where they had a taco cart parked in the driveway. Not only did this cart of culinary magic serve mouth-watering tacos, they had grilled bacon wrapped hot dogs. Yea, I’ve heard the hype but never tried one. When my husband and kids bypassed the tacos and went straight for the grilled hot dogs wrapped in bacon I decided to join in. To say the bacon-wrapped hot dogs were mouth watering would be an understatement. They were divine.
Now my family can’t get this double dose of meat happiness out of their heads. Almost every day I get, “Mommy, I want the hot dog with the bacon ‘ribbon’!” I love that my kid calls it a bacon ribbon but could I really feed her anything worse than processed street meat soaked in nitrites? For weeks the requests came in, but I refused. Soon I had a revolt on my hands and was running out of excuses.
So I came up with a healthier alternative: what if I wrapped no-added nitrites/nitrates turkey bacon around a no-added nitrites/nitrates turkey dog and served it on a whole-wheat bun? Would it taste any good? Um, turns out, yea, better than good; not only was it delicious and savory, the toasted whole-wheat bun added another dimension to it.
This healthier alternative more than satisfied our cravings for grilled hot dogs wrapped in bacon ribbons! Ahhh, my kids love me again and the revolt was put down and what fun they had wrapping bacon ‘ribbons’ around the hot dog for our very own Fourth of July hot dog eating contest.
My daughter did a great job assembling (with a little help from mom).
I did a great job grilling (with my daughter’s watchful eye).
Reduced Guilt Turkey Bacon Wrapped Turkey Dog
- 4 no added Nitrite or Nitrate Turkey Dogs
- 4 pieces no added Nitrite or Nitrate uncured Turkey Bacon
- 4 whole wheat buns
- Ketchup and mustard
- Sturdy toothpicks or small skewers
Soak the skewers or toothpick in water for about 10 minutes. Heat your grill to medium high and set up the turkey bacon and turkey dogs for assembling. Let your kids wrap their dog up and make sure to help them secure the bacon with the stick. Place the dogs on the grill for about 8 minutes, flip and cook for another 5 minutes. During the last minute of cooking place the buns on the grill to get them all toasty. Remove your buns and dogs and top them with whatever you desire. I like just ketchup and mustard, Sylvie likes only ketchup, the hubby just mustard (although he would have loved grilled onions) and Lincoln is like his momma, ketchup and mustard!
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