Origin: Mexican, American Southwest
Method: GrillJump to Recipe
Sonoran style hot dogs are wildly popular in the American Southwest, especially in Southern Arizona. They originated, however, in Hermosillo, Mexico. There tend to be two camps as to how the famous bacon wrapped hot dog originated. Camp one believes the Sonoran dog originated at a vendor working at or near the local baseball stadium as baseball is wildly popular in the region. Sonoran hot dog stands still fill the area around the stadium today being sold by local "dogueros". The other camp believe the recipe was originally brought to the area by a travelling circus. Regardless of the origin, Mexican immigrants brought their famous hotdog to the American Southwest. Today hundreds of stands and restaurants can be found selling Sonoran Hot Dogs throughout Southern Arizona.
Making the Grilled Sonoran Hot Dogs
To make the Sonoran Style Hot Dogs you will need center cut bacon, a ripe avocado, a tomato, jalapeno, 1 can refried beans, bolillo rolls and, of course, a package of your favorite franks.
Wrap and season the hot dogs
Use a single piece of bacon to wrap around each hot dog. We prefer to use center cut bacon because it is not as thick and tends to cook more evenly, but you can use your favorite. We like to use wooden skewers for the hot dogs to help hold the bacon in place. They serve the added benefit of making it easier to turn and rotate the Grilled Sonoran Hot Dogs without the bacon falling off. If you do not have skewers you can use toothpicks to help hold the bacon in place.
After wrapping the hot dogs we like to hit them with a bit of flavor. For this batch we are using Dr. Dor's BBQ Texas Hot Dog Seasoning. Doctor to doctor this stuff is pretty great so pick some up if you can. Otherwise an all purpose rub or rub for pork works really well for this recipe.
Cooking the Grilled Sonoran Style Hot Dogs
Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium high heat (about 400-425 degrees). Grill the Sonoran style hotdogs over the direct heat, until the bacon is cooked through to your liking. Turn and rotate the hot dogs every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
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Finishing and topping the Sonoran style hot dogs
We like to grill the bolillo rolls briefly before loading them up. After a quick turn on the grill, split the rolls and spread an even layer of refried beans.
Next place the bacon wrapped hot dog in the bolillo roll.
Finally it is time to load that bad boy up. Top with tomatoes, sliced avocado, a squirt of mayonnaise or aioli, jalapenos, and dust with some cotija cheese. Feel free to use store bought mayo, but believe us when we say that it is so much better with homemade aioli. We highly recommend using some cotija, it adds a perfect saltiness to the Sonoran dog.
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Sonoran Style Hot Dog
- 8 Jumbo Hot Dog preferably all beef
- 8 Slices Center Cut Bacon
- 1 Tomato Diced
- 1 Avocado halved and cut into slices
- Mayonnaise or Aioli
- 2 Jalapenos Sliced
- 1 Can Refried Beans
- 8 Bolillo Rolls
- Crumbled Cotija Cheese optional
- Using 1 piece of bacon per hot dog, wrap the hot dogs in the bacon. Use a skewer or tooth pick to hold the bacon in place.
- Season with your favorite all purpose or pork BBQ rub.
- Heat your grill for medium high heat (about 400-425 degrees). Grill the bacon wrapped hot dogs over direct heat. Rotate every couple minutes to cook evenly, and remove when the bacon is done to your liking.
- Briefly grill the bolillo rolls then split and fill with refried beans. Add the bacon wrapped hotdog.
- Top with tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado slices, and cotija cheese. Top with aioli or mayonnaise. Devour while warm.
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