Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs

If you've ever been to California, you are all too familiar with the sweet aroma of a "Danger Dog" wafting down the streets following a concert, on game days or even after a long night out on the town. If you're not acquainted with the infamous bacon wrapped hot dog or the drool-worthy effect it has, hold on to your hat because you're in for a real treat. These savory snacks are so good that after a public campaign in 2010, the Los Angeles (LA) city council declared the bacon wrapped hot dog as the official hot dog of LA, and hey 3.7 million people can't be wrong. 

Although LA adopted the bacon wrapped hot dog as its own, many major cities around the US have their own version of this culinary guilt trap. Originating in Mexico, culinary historians believe the hot dog was brought to Mexico in the early 1950s along with the game of baseball or possibly with a traveling circus—but however they got here—hot dog popularity took off especially in the city of Hermosillo in the state of Sonora, where the iconic Sonoran Dog was born. The Sonoran Dog was served, covered in pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, raw and grilled onions, mustard, salsa, crema, and a roasted pepper atop a bolillo roll, and those are the basic fixins'. Other toppers include: potato chips, guacamole, cottage cheese, and cucumbers! Heartburn anyone?

Before long the "Sonoran Dog" made its way up to California and others soon began to imitate this food fiesta in a bun. Other major cities created their own bacon-wrapped dogs. New Jersey went the breaky style with the "Jersey Breakfast Dog," topped with melted cheese over fried or scrambled eggs. Pennsylvania boasted about their Texas Tommy, similar to Chicago's "Fracheezie." Both versions call the crafter to split the hot dog down the middle and stuff it with cheese before wrapping it in bacon and frying. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we lovingly refer to our bacon-wrapped hot dogs as "Mission Dogs" named after our culturally-rich Mission District. Filled with incredible Mexican heritage, the Mission has a plethora of amazing food but it's ode to the bacon wrapped hot dog tops them all.

Delicious in every way, we hope you enjoy the bacon wrapped hot dog as much as we do! Don't just take our word for it. Add your own take with the recipe below!

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