Bacon-Wrapped Digger Dogs

Bacon Dogs and Window Well 030My daddy used to make Hot Diggity Dogs. A fully dressed Red, Fat Hot Link with mustard, hot sauce and sharp cheddar cheese, cut from the block.

I LOVE Hot Dogs. Back in my skinny days, before I was hired to work at Macy’s Downtown, I used to shop and eat the Macy’s Hot Dogs. They came in the fancy pleated holder with a toasted top-sliced bun. I was the queen of dieting back then, to the point that I would starve myself. On one occasion, I fainted in Macy’s because I had not eaten that day. I’m glad they did not hold it against me, when I applied for a job there.

That sweet memory with Dad will never happen again. But here is my take on his famous Hot Diggity Dogs!

INGREDIENTS:Bacon Dogs and Window Well 009

  1. Fat Hot Dogs, recommended Farmland Hot Smoked Sausage Links, 1 to 2 per person
  2. Bacon, Thick Cut, one slice per dog
  3. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, two, 1/4 inch cuts per dog (or Cracker Cut Cheese)
  4. Bun, Top-Sliced, recommended Pepperidge Farm Sweet Hawaiian, one per dog
  5. Celery Seeds, 1/8 teaspoon
  6. Mustard Ground, 1/8 teaspoon
  7. Liquid Smoke, 1/2 cap (or less), per dog
  8. Poppy Seeds, 1/8 teaspoon
  9. Water (or butter) to adhere poppy seeds
  10. Toothpicks, 2-3 per dog
  11. Water, to soak toothpicks for 30 minutes ahead of time
  12. Condiment of your choice, such as mayo, aioli, ketchup or mustardBacon Dogs and Window Well 011


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Cook bacon, until nearly done and still pliable. Then cool until you can touch it.
  3. Slice each dog in half, lengthwise. The Sausage links are already fully cooked, so you can split and lightly brown in the same skillet. You just need to heat the sausage and cheese in the oven to meld together.
  4. Apply liquid smoke, celery seeds and dry mustard on each dog
  5. Add cheese chunks
  6. Wrap bacon around dog and secure with 2 toothpicks
  7. Bake for 10 minutesBacon Dogs and Window Well 010
  8. Using the same bacon pan, blot most of the bacon grease out. Then, adhere water or butter on top of buns to “glue” poppy Seeds
  9. Cook on both sides in skillet for 2 minutes until light brown
  10. Remove dogs and buns from oven
  11. Remove toothpicks
  12. Dress buns and dogs with condiments of your choice
  13. Chow down!


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my Dad, the J5 and Fat Hot Dogs!

FrankfurtersWhile everyone else is preparing their best corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s day, I am dreaming of the Fat Hot Dogs and Cheese I used to eat with my dad, March 15, 1934 – May 1978.

Start by getting the Fat Hot Links and boil or grill them.  Put the dog on a bread or bun (we usually had bread) and add some mustard.  Then slice some Sharp Cheddar cheese and add some slices to your Fat Hot Dog.  Don’t melt the cheese!  Yum, yum, Hot Dog 2yum!!!!  The best meal I ever shared with my dad and brothers.

My dad was super involved in what his kids liked and liked to do.  I used to LOVE the Jackson 5!  I mean, really, really, really love them.  Especially Jermaine Jackson.  My dad took a photo of me admiring a picture of Jermaine that I had posted on my bedroom wall.  Our family would be on the look out for when the Jackson 5 would be on TV.  My dad was a photographer, so he would take black & white pictures of them on the TV screen and then get Hot Dog 3this!!! HE HAND-COLORED THEM for his J5-obsessed daughter.  What a dad!

He taught us how to fish, catch crawdads, play Scrabble and Dominoes.  It was an honor when the kids were allowed to play Scrabble or Bones (dominoes) with my dad, his Dad and my Grandmother.

I still liked to party after I gave birth to my daughter, and my dad used to babysit my daughter so I could go out.Hot Dog 5

I LOVED him very, very much.  And I miss him and wish he could have lived to see his grandkids.  My grandson looks like him, and so do my brothers, so he lives on when you look at the family resemblance in their faces.

I could not have asked for a better dad, ever!  While researching for this blog, I ran across a lot of Hot Dogs with Cheese images.  None looked exactly the way we ate ours, because we didn’t melt Hot Dog 6the cheese.  But these pictures sure make me hungry for some Fat Hot Dogs with Cheese & Mustard in honor of my Dad’s birthday.





Hot Dog with cheese