Monday, August 8, 2011
Beer-brined Chili Dogs
One package quality hot dogs
3 bottles of your favorite beer (alternatively, hard or soft apple cider works really well)
One cup brown sugar
One vidalia onion
One block of cheddar, shredded
Leftover chili (better if it's a little more juicy than stewey)
One package hot dog buns
Here's what you do:
Get out your crockpot and use a nifty slow-cooker liner for it. Pour beer into the crockpot, add the brown sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add hot dogs and make sure they're covered with the fluid mixture (thankfully beer comes in six-packs, so you can add more if necessary). Cook your dogs on low for 2-3 hours, giving them a quick stir every 30 minutes or so.
In the meantime, dice up a vidalia onion and shred your cheese. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Right before it's time to start serving up your dogs, heat up the chili in a saucepan, and warm the buns in the oven, being careful not to toast them.
Set out the onion, the cheddar, the dogs, the buns and the chili, and people can assemble their own masterpieces. I recommend putting the cheese UNDER the piping-hot chili so it melts, and then top with some nice crunchy onions.