Friday, June 21, 2013

The BEST Gluten Free Hot Dogs

I used to think that hot dogs were about two things: the dog and the bun.

I’ve got the dog down. I LOVE Applegate Farms Uncured Beef Hot dogs!

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At only 70 calories per hot dog, I never feel guilty eating Applegate Farms. Humanely Raised, Antibiotic and Gluten Free… they’re just plain delicious.

The second part of the equation, the bun, is a bit tougher for us gluten free folks. Luckily, there are several brands of gluten free hotdog buns on the market. My personal favorite:

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Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hot Dog Buns. Just like my hot dogs, Udi’s buns are all natural without artificial flavors, colorings, preservatives or other synthetic additives, so I don’t have to wonder about what I’m really eating.

When Udi’s asked me to write a post about grilling, I instantly thought of hot dogs. You see, I have realized that there are actually THREE PARTS to the hotdog equation: the dog, the bun, and the toppings!

Recently, we had friends over for a cook-out, and I tested my new three part equation. I offered up tons of options for folks to make all sorts of different hot dogs:

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Guests could make a Chicago dog, slaw dog, BLT dog, pimento cheese and bacon dog, and so many more!

My favorite combo:

BLT Hot Dog!

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This combination was out of this world! I loved the crisp bacon crunch paired with the fresh lettuce and sweet tomatoes, all nestled in a soft gluten free hot dog bun.

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I could have eaten five of these!

My second hot dog was a bit more simple:

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Just pimento cheese. That’s it. And you know what, it was crazy delicious!

So at your next cook-out, think outside the box when it comes to hot dogs. I mean..….just look at Parrish’s plate:

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He loved all the choices for toppings! And…he really loves hot dogs!

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Thank you Udi’s for helping this gluten free gal grill again! I can’t wait to try new topping combinations in the future! I’m thinking about a French Onion Dip hotdog, a Jalapeno Cream Cheese hot dog, and a classic Chili Cheese dog!

Udi’s provided Gluten Hates Me with a free bag of Udi’s gluten free hot dog buns. I was not compensated, and the opinions, recipes, and LOVE for Udi’s is all my own!