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Hawaiian Dogs | Taste and Tell
Towards the beginning of the summer, I decided that this would be the summer that I would get over my fear of the grill. I’m very comfortable and confident in the kitchen, but take me out to the back yard, and I feel totally out of my element.

I haven’t been totally up on my goal – I’ve only been out on the grill myself (without sending my husband) and handfull of times this year, but I’m getting more and more confident. I still wouldn’t trust myself with a good steak, but hot dogs? Of course!!
Hawaiian Dogs | Taste and Tell
Today’s hot dog is more than just a grilled hot dog, though. Two of my favorite things on the grill are pineapple and onions, and this recipe combines those – with a touch of barbecue sauce – to create a hot dog with a tropical flair. The pineapple and onion both get nice and caramelized and they bring a wonderful, sweet touch to these dogs.
Hawaiian Dogs | Taste and Tell
These hot dogs are so easy and would be perfect for a backyard bbq. In fact, I’m thinking that if I were to throw a party, I’d like to do a hot dog bar, and this topping would for sure make a showing. I’m a huge fan of the sweet/savory mix, and this gives me both.

And I had an issue with my hot dog buns that I had bought, so I ended up making my own. I now know that homemade hot dog buns will be making an appearance in my house a lot more often!!

Hawaiian Dogs | Taste and Tell

Hawaiian Dogs
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Grilled hot dogs are topped with grilled fresh pineapple and onions for a Hawaiian flair.
Serves: 8 hot dogs
  • ½ of a fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 red onion
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 buns
  1. Heat a grill to medium. Place the pineapple and onion on the grill and brush with the barbecue sauce. Continue to baste with barbecue sauce until the pineapple and onion are both soft.
  2. Meanwhile, grill the hot dogs until warmed through.
  3. Remove pineapple and onion from the grill and dice. Mix together in a bowl with the extra barbecue sauce, if desired. Serve the hot dogs with the pineapple and onion relish.

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29 Responses to Hawaiian Dogs

  1. I am loving all these different hot dog creations this week! I think this one is my fav so far. I love pineapple!! And the bbq sauce totally kicks it up a notch 🙂

  2. This is one good looking hot dog! These would be perfect for our Luau this weekend for the twins 2nd birthday party!

  3. Loving all of these hotdog recipes! I’m pretty sure this is one that we would all love. Hotdogs are such a staple at our house right now with the kids out for the summer.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Love Hawaiian pizza. Don’t know why I didn’t think of Hawaiian dogs before!

  5. Kim says:

    I’m really enjoying the week of hot dogs! I’m a little shaky cooking outdoors on the grill as well, but hot dogs are the perfect thing to practice with.

    Love this hot dog and those buns look terrific!

  6. Janell says:

    That looks so good!!

  7. Chels R. says:

    I’m so afraid of our grill, lol!!!! I love the pineapple with this dish! Yum!

    • Deborah says:

      @Chels R., yeah, I don’t know what it is about grilling that is so terrifying, but I’m right there with you! But I’m slowly trying to overcome that fear, even if it is just with hot dogs!

  8. Joanne says:

    I used to love Hawaiian pizza before I went veg…I’m sure this flavor profile is similar and awesome!

    • Deborah says:

      @Joanne, Hawaiian pizza is one of my favs! And you could do a veggie dog with the pineapple and onions, and I bet it would fab as well! (Although I have to admit that I’ve never had a veggie dog. I should try one one of these days – all for the sake of research 🙂 )

  9. How did you know that anything “hawaiian” is my absolute favorite?!

  10. I never thought about all the different ways to change up a hotdog but I would love a Hawaiian dog! Great ideas.

  11. Kim Bee says:

    You…are…killing…me!!! Hot dog hall of fame.

  12. Kristy says:

    Mmmm! You’re taking me back to our vacation Deborah. So delicious!

  13. grace says:

    perfect. all that’s missing is some spam. do they make spam hot dogs? 🙂

  14. You are so creative, Deb! I don’t even like hot dogs that much, but I might have to try these! I love pineapple!

  15. I love doing hot dog bars when I entertain in the summer! Makes hosting get togethers so easy! In fact, I did one recently for my s’mores party and there were no complaints, about the grilled hot dogs!

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