Creating a Memorial Day Hot Dog Bar

When it comes to Memorial Day BBQ’s the first thing that comes to mind are hot dogs. How American is a perfectly grilled hot dog paired with a tasty beverage to wash it down? This Memorial Day keep the traditional hot dog, but add some pizzazz by creating a hot dog bar with these helpful tips.

Think outside the bun. While the classic ketchup and mustard dog is a must, mix things up with your hot dog bar by introducing unique hot dog combinations. For example, Bonappetit.com has a list of nine unique hot dog ideas that range from Manchego cheese and garlic dogs to beer-braised hot dogs with braised sauerkraut.  If you do introduce some new topping combinations, then be sure to include some standard options like chili, cheese, and onions for those not ready to venture out.

Display hot dog options. Once you decide on the hot dog combos you’re going to serve, next create descriptions for each new combination to show people how to construct each option. Another helpful tip would be to group each of the toppings per combination to make it easier for your guests to access.

Next are the buns. In addition to the classic white and wheat buns, feel free to change it up by adding pretzel buns (very popular right now) or sesame seed buns used for a traditional Chicago style dog.

Since hot dogs are messy, a great way to help your guests eat without the mess is to provide a paper tray for them like the ones you get at a ball park. You can find them at places like Amazon.com, where you can get 50 for only $5.

Decorate your hot dog bar. Decorations are the perfect way to bring it all together. A creative, yet inexpensive, and easy way to decorate a hot dog bar is to print out free party printables that are  designed for a hot dog bar. For example, Pocket Change Gourmet has a free online party printable that is great to use or others can be found at online sites like Pinterest.  Whatever you do, just have fun with it.

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