Cooking a hot dog isn't rocket science, but making that hot dog something really special can be trickier than loading it up with toppings. The fine folks at Chow suggest giving your hot dog a quick spiral cut before putting it on the BBQ.
That might sound odd, but there are plenty of benefits: you boost the surface area so you get more of that nice grilled flavour, and once it's on the bun there are plenty of nooks and crannies for relish and other toppings to fit into. Check out the video at the link below to see how this works.
It turns out the spiral cut is really simple -- just skewer the hot dog, hold your knife at an angle, and roll it away from you under the knife. Take the dog off of the skewer and drop it on the BBQ.
For another boost of flavour, consider marinating your dogs before they go on the grill -- they actually take well to it.
Of course, if you're not into hot dogs, you can do the same thing with sausages; just be careful of any meat that starts to fall apart before cooking once the casing is cut.
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