Why do some cooks cut their hot dogs before cooking them?
And should you?
They look cooler when they are cut… but it’s not just for aesthetic reasons.
There are actually several practical reasons why you might want to slice your dogs the next time you cook them.
One of the main reasons to cut hot dogs before cooking is to enhance the flavor.
When you make cuts in the hot dog, it allows the heat to penetrate deeper into the meat.
This can help to cook the hot dog more evenly and also allows the flavors to develop more fully. If you season your hot dogs as you cook them, it allows for more surface area to flavor.
Another reason to cut hot dogs before cooking is to improve the texture.
When hot dogs are cooked whole, the outside can sometimes become tough while the inside remains soft.
By cutting the hot dogs, you can help to ensure that they cook more evenly, resulting in a better texture overall.
How to Cut Hot Dogs for Cooking
So how should you cut your hot dogs before cooking?
There are a few different methods you can use.
One popular method is to make a series of diagonal cuts along the length of the hot dog. This not only helps the hot dog to cook more evenly, but also gives it a nice appearance once it’s cooked.
You can butterfly the hot dog by slicing a line right down the middle (what I did just before writing this article). It’s simple and effective.
Finally, you can also spiral cut your hot dogs. This involves making a continuous cut around the hot dog in a spiral pattern. This can help the hot dog to cook more evenly and also gives it a fun, spiral appearance. You can even put the dog on a skewer to get a very tight, even, cut.
Now For Cooking The Hot Dogs
Forget about boiling.
For maximum flavor, throw the hot dog on a grill or skillet with a bit of butter, then sprinkle on some garlic power or other seasonings to your liking.
When hot with a slight char on a side or two, place on a bun or wrap in a slice of bread, apply your favorite toppings – and enjoy!