Hot dogs are good. Hot dogs wrapped in bacon? BETTER. Add some sautéed onions and peppers on top, all the fixins, and a crispy grilled bun, and you are well on your way to summer perfection.
The other day I sent this text to my sisters: “Oh, you thought you were in a good mood? Take 4 minutes to do this and you will be in a WAY BETTER ONE.”
After several minutes of zero response I looked at it again and realized that it totally looks like some weird spam message. I have no idea when I got so gimmicky.
But guys. Seriously. Have you heard of The Fitness Marshall?? He is AWESOME. Totally my new favorite at-home workout, or 3-minute bad-mood-killer. Think Zumba, but it’s hip hop, and with a dude who has way more moves than most girls dream of.
I’m obsessed with learning his dance to JT’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. (<<Normally he has girl back up dancers. But in this one he has two guys who are kind of not that great and it’s hilarious. I like to pretend that I look like The Fitness Marshall when I’m dancing, but I’m pretty sure I look more like that guy on the left.)
I need to practice this song to burn calories every time I eat one of these:
Last year Eric and I went to a U2 concert. Let me try that again. Last year, Eric and I went to the same U2 concert, two days in a row. I don’t think I’ll ever look back on this experience without rolling my eyes, but in the kind of way that you might roll your eyes (but smile indulgently) when your kid says he wants a bed made out of Legos for Christmas.
We had a lot of fun at the concerts but the part that is lodged in MY long-term memory has nothing to do with Bono and everything to do with bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Both nights the show got out around midnight, and thousands of people have to get to their cars and navigate out of the massive parking lot. Of course it takes forever.
BUT. Instead of being sad that you are stuck in a parking lot, you can be happy, because you are surrounded by tiny grill-carts selling the most amazing bacon-wrapped hot dogs with all the fixins. SO GOOD. I vowed immediately that I would recreate them at home, and here you have it. They definitely lived up to my memories. The jalapeno gives it a little kick and it is just perfect.
Word to the wise before you make this (or anything grilled actually…): clean your grill. My hot dogs kept lighting on fire because the grill was in a bit of a state. End of summer, you know? We grill a lot. Good news? Burnt hot dogs are DELICIOUS. Win.
More summer cookout recipes you will love!
The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat << now this claim has a contender. (I mean come on. BACON.)
Homemade Pretzel Dogs << if you haven’t tried these you are totally missing out!
Other hot dog recipes from friends: