Football brings on hot dogs

Judicious & Delicious

With Judge Esther Barger


Football season is upon us so here is something for you tailgating fans.

Grilled Ultimate Hot Dogs

1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard

4 hot dogs, split open lengthwise

2 oz. cheddar cheese, sliced into 8 long narrow strips

4 strips thick-cut bacon

8 toothpicks

4 hot dog buns, split

1 large (5 inch) dill pickle, sliced into 8 long strips

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Smear ¼ tsp. mustard inside each butterflied hot dog. Put 2 cheddar cheese strips inside each hot dog. Secure one end of a bacon strip to one end of a hot dog using a toothpick. Wrap the bacon strip tightly around the entire hot dog, securing the far end with another toothpick; repeat for remaining hot dogs.

Cook on preheated grill until hot dogs are heated and bacon is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. BE SURE to remove toothpicks!

Place each cooked hot dog onto a bun and top with 2 pickle slices.


Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina