Rawley's Bacon Fried Hot Dogs

Rawley's Drive-In
"You'll Relish the Flavor!"
Let's be frank, most people have yet to have a fried hot-dog. If they did there would really be no other way to eat them. Sure, occasionally you're going to get a hankering for a dirty water hot-dog from New York, or a Chicago Char-Dog, but the crisped, charred outer skin of a fried hot dog is something all together amazing. You "crunch" into it and the juices squirt, as the flavors explode in your mouth. For years they've been served up in the south, like where I get them, at my concession stand at the local drive-in theater in Eden, NC, but they became somewhat of a national craze when Martha Stewart mentioned Rawley's in Fairfield, Connecticut as her favorite food. Seems a bit uncouth for such a proper woman, but I digress, she did do jail time. Once Martha came out of the closet, several other food celebrities jumped on the band wagon until it was a national craze, and people started making them at home.

Bacon Fried Hot-Dogs.
Rawley's has been serving up hot-dogs and milkshakes since 1946.

Now if you don't have a deep-fryer, and don't want to waste $5.00 on a bottle oil, then you can just shallow fry your choice of hot-dog with about a 1/4 cup of oil. Rawley's deep fried dogs are actually fried then grilled, so this remains true to their style. Top it how you like; Rawley's "The Works" is typically relish, mustard, kraut and bacon, but I'm personally a big fan of this, my own creation:

Fried Chili Cheese Dogs:
Deep fried hot-dog goodness.
  • 1 pack of hot dogs. (Rawley's uses Hummel Brothers brand)
  • 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Chopped bacon
  • Chili (prepared prior)
  • Onions
  • Butter (optional)
  • Mustard
  • Shredded Sharp Cheese

Grilled Onions
  1. Place oil in frying pan and heat at 3/4 mark till oil begins to slightly smoke.
  2. Slice hot-dogs, long-ways, partially through and fry face down for about two minutes.
  3. Flip hot dogs, fry the outside, add the chopped onions and fry.
  4. If you really want to go out, take some melted butter and brush the inside of your buns. Rawley's of course dry toasts their's on the grill, but I prefer mine in the French fashion.
  5. Fry your chopped bacon, and then assemble hot-dog and top with mustard and cheese.

The final product: The world's best hot-dog.

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