BLAT Hot Dogs

Wrapped in bacon, loaded up with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce; this BLAT Hot Dog is the perfect easy summer time dinner.

BLAT Hot Dogs |

 It just dawned on me the other day that it’s now 14 years since I graduated college, which means it also marks 14 years living in the actual city of New York versus the suburbs.  Sometimes I get asked if I miss life out there at all and the truth is: not really.  I’ve always been a city person at heart; I like the comfort of having everything I need close by (or delivered to me!) and I really never liked driving all that much.  The only thing that I really ever miss is my own personal backyard space.  Of course, I have my big backyard of Prospect Park and I love it but I have the tinge of desire to fire up the grill every year as soon as the weather is warm enough.

Growing up, both of my parents manned our grill for nightly dinners and it was most definitely a workhorse during the warmer months when no one wanted to turn on the stove.  While my parents loved to cook and I enjoyed reaping the benefits of it, not every dinner was always a big masterpiece.  Sometimes it was as simple as tossing a couple of hot dogs on the grill, pairing it with coleslaw and calling it a day.

BLAT Hot Dog |

Back then, the fanciest thing anyone ever did with a hot dog was wrapping it in puff pastry or topping it with some chili.  These days I feel like the combinations you can come up with are endless.  In my opinion, hot dogs are just a vessel for toppings, and in turn make it into an easy and complete meal.

Since we are just about to hit summer it’s the perfect time to combine my favorite summer sandwich with my favorite cookout food.  You really haven’t lived until you sit down with a B.L.A.T. piled high with crispy bacon, fresh summer tomatoes, creamy avocado and crunchy, crisp lettuce.

BLAT Hot Dogs |

For this take on the BLAT – I went ahead and took some Sugardale hot dogs and wrapped it up with bacon and cooked it until crisp.  What’s great is you can go ahead and cook these guys on the grill for some extra smoky flavor, and then pop them in the oven while you prep the lettuce and the tomatoes and avocado.

Did I mention that Sugardale Foods is family owned and has been around for almost 100 years? Since 1920, Sugardale Foods has been producing their products, namely hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni and ham, in the U.S.A. Their bacon is produced with a historic and secret blend of ingredients that has been carefully guarded for nearly 100 years.  I won’t even get started on all the varieties that are available between the bacon and the hot dogs! You’ve got thick cut, applewood, chicken franks and New York Brand Beef Franks.  There’s something for everyone out there!

Speaking of which, get to it and start cooking up these BLAT dogs for a crowd right now.  They are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

For more information on Sugardale Foods, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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BLAT Hot Dogs
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  • 8 Sugardale Foods Hot Dogs
  • 8 slices Sugardale Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 8 hot dog rolls, toasted


  1. Heat your oven to 425 degrees, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top.
  2. Wrap each hot dog with a slice of bacon, place on the baking sheet and bake until the bacon is crispy about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  3. While the hot dogs are cooking, prepare the toppings
  4. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Dress the lettuce with about 1-2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise dressing and then reserve the rest to top the hot dogs.
  6. In a medium bowl, combined the cherry tomatoes, avocado, lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Once the hot dogs have finished cooking assemble the buns as follows:
  8. Place a small amount of lettuce at the bottom of each hot dog bun, top with a hot dog and then some of the avocado and tomato salsa. Finish with a drizzle of the mayonnaise dressing on top.
  9. Serve immediately.

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167 thoughts on “BLAT Hot Dogs

  1. Wendy Pesce

    We love hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill along with potato salad! Yummy, can’t forget the on the corn cob!

  2. Natalie

    My favorite summertime cookout food is fresh corn on the cob! There is nothing better than grilled fresh corn!

  3. Maria Beas

    My favorite summertime cookout food is definitely Hot Dogs.. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  4. Georgie C.

    My absolute favorite summer time cook out food is footlongs. I like them with relish onion and spicy mustard.

  5. barbg

    My favorite is a good well done hamburger with grilled onions. I want grilled marks and charring on both. Toasted buns and crushed potato chips on top.

  6. Lissa Crane

    My favorite summertime cookout food is definitely the gourmet burgers my husband makes! He gets a special grind of meat from the butcher and stuffs them with all kinds of cheeses and seasoning! They’re amazing!

  7. clynsg

    Each family member seems to have their favorite–the kids prefer hot dogs and hamburgers, while I go for steak. Guiess which ones are done most often!

  8. Carol McLaughlin

    We love to grill brats served with cream cheese on a soft steak roll. Corn on the cob and potato salad. Hamburgers and hot dogs that want something else.

  9. Kitty Clayton

    My favorite summer-time cookout food is fried green tomatoes (grilled over hickory for extra smoky flavor)

  10. stella methvin

    my favorite cookout food is hotdogs (as long as I have slaw to put on them) and sausage dogs. We keep them on hand all the time.


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