♥Indian Summer Bacon Wrapped 'n Kraut Stuffed Hot Dogs♥

Some kids like these and some don't. These have always been a big hit with the "big kids" in my family and a great end of summer treat served with potato salad and freshly churned ice cream for dessert. There will be some gorgeous Indian Summer weekends this month and next. Don't spend them indoors. All too soon the snow will fall and BBQs will be but a fond memory.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 large hot dogs, knockwurst, or bratwurst
  • 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 4 slices lean bacon
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 long hot dog buns

Directions

  • Prepare your grill for direct medium high heat.
  • Mix together the ketchup and mustard in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sauerkraut with the chopped onion, set aside. Slice open the hot dogs forming a deep pocket in each, but not cutting all the way through. Coat the inside of each hot dog with the mustard ketchup mixture.
  • Place a strip of cheese deep within the pocket of each hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and onions. Encapsulate the cheese at the ends with the sauerkraut mixture as well, so that no cheese is exposed (otherwise it will drip out when cooking).
  • Wrap a strip of bacon around each stuffed hot dog, securing with toothpicks at each end. Make sure you wrap tight enough so that the stuffing stays in, but not so tight so that when the hot dog expands while cooking  or the bacon would tear.
  • Place the stuffed hot dogs on the grill, stuffing side down. Grill for 2 minutes, until the bacon on that side is cooked, turn the hot dogs a quarter turn and grill for a couple more minutes. Continue to grill for a few minutes each on all sides until the bacon is cooked.
  • During the last minute of cooking, open up the hot dog buns and place them open-side down on the grill to lightly toast.
  • Remove the hot dogs and buns from the grill. Remove the toothpicks fro the hot dogs, place them in the buns and serve. YUM!
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