Bacon, the perfect crispy, crunchy and delicious side of meat. No Sunday and in some cases, no meals are complete with the ubiquitous bacon. And of course, there was going to be a day set aside for it.
Grillocracy decided to honour the day with the perfect ode. They created a hot dog bacon bun. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s a bun made entirely out of bacon. All you need is tons of bacon, some aluminium foil and a hot dog to top it off.
Here’s how you do it:
Place a sheet of tin foil on a cutting board.
Now place 4 slices of bacon right next to one another. Take the remaining 4 slices of bacon and cut them into smaller pieces to make 8. Starting on one end of the parallel bacon slices, begin weaving the half slices vertically using an alternating over-under pattern to create a rectangular bacon weave.
Starting with the long sides of the rectangle parallel to your body, lift the left side of the foil and use it to fold over the left side of the weave to its center. Repeat with the right side to create a rough square.
Wrap the hot dog in one layer of foil and place it in between the weave.
Use the foil to fold the sides of the bacon weave up on both sides of the hot dog then gently flip the entire thing over so that the bacon weave is draped over the hot dog. Use the foil to tightly compact the bacon along the sides and top of the hot dog then place the entire thing in the freezer to firm up for 10-15 minutes while you preheat the grill.
Heat to 400 degrees and place the bacon bun inside. Cook for 45 minutes. Flip the bacon bun over, gently remove the foil wrapped hot dog, and cover the grill (note: the bacon should maintain its bun shape but if it begins to spread, simply insert 2-3 toothpicks to help hold its shape while it finishes cooking). Allow the bun to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until completely browned and crisp. The foil wrapped hot dog can be discarded.
Grill the other hot dog until it’s cooked. then place inside bun and serve.
What you have is a crunchy, bacon-y hot dog. Thank you Grillocracy! What’s more is that it’s entirely carb free 🙂