Prep Tips

Hot Dogs

Whether you’re grilling, baking, boiling or broiling, here’s some helpful tips for making perfect hot dogs every time.

Grill

Heat grill to medium heat. Grill franks 7 to 9 min. or until heated through, turning occasionally. When the hot dogs are done on the grill, remove them all at once. Doing so will ensure more consistent results and helps avoid overcooking.

Panini Grill

Heat grill to medium heat. Place franks on grill and close lid. Grill franks 7 to 9 min. or until heated through. Here’s a tip: Place hot dogs on the grill diagonal to the ribs on the grill plates. Lying diagonally gives you the best of both worlds — the dogs stay in place and the grill marks look great!

Stove Top

Add up to 10 franks to saucepan of boiling water. Return to boil; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 7 min. or until franks are heated through.

Microwave

Place 1 frank on paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 15 to 20 sec. or until heated through.

Bake

Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place up to 10 franks on cookie sheet. Bake 10 min. or until heated through, turning occasionally.

Broil

Set oven to broil setting. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place up to 10 franks on cookie sheet. Place franks into oven on the top shelf. Broil 10 min. or until franks start to brown and are heated through, turning occasionally.

Toaster Oven

Line toaster oven tray with aluminum foil. Heat oven to 350°F. Score the franks with 3 to 4 diagonal cuts that are about 1/4-inch deep. Cook 7 to 9 min. or until heated through, turning occasionally.

General Tips

Do not puncture hot dogs when cooking. The juices will run out, resulting in a tough and dry hot dog.

Hot dogs are a good item to freeze for up to 3 months. With most standard cooking methods, the hot dogs can go straight from the freezer to the pot or grill.

Store unopened packages in the refrigerator and consume by the manufacturer’s use-by-date. Opened packages may be stored in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator and used within 3 days of opening.

Hot dogs are subject to all kinds of toppings and regional twists. That’s why they’re perfect for a casual backyard cookout. Have fun, set up a condiment bar so everyone can dress up their dogs to their liking.