I love this time of year because the smell of delicious things cooking on the grill floats through the air and permeates everything.

Hot dogs are a staple for summer backyard bar-b-ques and holiday gatherings, but if you haven't had one of these dressed up hot dogs, you're missing out in a big way.  No joke, these mouth-wateringly delicious toppings are amazing.  My family is coming for a BBQ and my husband and I will be setting up a 'hot dog bar' so that people can dress their dog however they want. If you like the idea and are looking for some inspiration, my husband and I love to experiment with different ways to top off our all beef hot dogs and we've decided to share some of our favorite ways with you!

To start- you'll need:
- A package of hot dogs and a package of hot dog roll
- To cook the dogs. You can grill, microwave, or boil them until cooked.
- Time to jazz up the hot dogs (don't worry- it doesn't take too long!)

  • To Make the Los Angeles (My Favorite) You’ll Need:

    1 cucumber (diced), 1 avocado (sliced), 2 plum tomatoes (sliced), ¼ cup of ranch dressing, ½ teaspoon of celery salt

    Directions: Open bun. Place two slices of avocado on both the top and bottom of the bun. Spread diced cucumber on the bun in between the two slices of avocado. Lay two slices of tomato side by side on the bottom of the bun. Sprinkle celery salt to taste. Place the hot dog in the bun. Top of the dog with a tablespoon of ranch dressing and serve.

  • To Make the Memphis (My Husband's Favorite) You’ll Need:

    1 can of hot dog chili, 1 package of bagged cole slaw

    Directions: Place a cooked hot dog on an open bun. Spread a tablespoon of hot dog chili over the hot dog. Sprinkle coleslaw to taste on top of the hot dog and chow down.

  • To Make the Texan You’ll Need:

    1 can of hot dog chili, 1 package of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 white onion (diced), 2 jalapenos (sliced)

    Directions: Place cooked hot dog on open bun. Spread a table spoon of hot dog chili over hot dog. Spread a 1/2 teaspoon of diced onions over top of the hotdog. Lay the sliced jalapenos the length of the hotdog. Last sprinkle cheese on to of hotdog and enjoy!

  • To Make the Kansas City You’ll Need:

    1 package of bacon, 1 bottle of BBQ sauce

    Directions: Cook bacon until nice and crispy. Drain the bacon, crumble it up and then set to the side. Place a cooked hot dog on an open bun. Spread BBQ sauce over the whole hot dog. Sprinkle some crumbled bacon over to of the hot dog and smile!