The Ultimate Hot Dog

Jalapeño relish and fried pickles are key to dressing up this dog
35 Ratings
100% would make again
The Ultimate Hot Dog
Photo: Katie B. Foster/Tasting Table

Building the perfect hot dog is all about balance, from both flavors and textures. Ours gets a touch of sweetness from honey mustard, crunch and heat from a pickled jalapeño slaw, and brininess from fried pickle chips (see the recipe). One bite, and you’ll never go back to just mustard and ketchup.

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The Ultimate Hot Dog

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 4 hot dogs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 20 minutes


For the Honey Mustard:

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

For the Jalapeño Slaw:

2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeños

2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño pickling liquid

2 tablespoons thinly sliced red cabbage

1 teaspoon chopped cilantro

Kosher salt, to taste

For the Hot Dogs:

4 potato hot dog rolls, toasted

½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

4 grilled hot dogs

12 fried pickle chips


1. Make the honey mustard: In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon and honey until smooth.

2. Make the jalapeño slaw: In another bowl, toss the pickled jalapeños, pickling liquid, red cabbage, cilantro and salt to incorporate. Let sit for 10 minutes.

3. Assemble the hot dogs: On each freshly toasted bun, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Monterey Jack cheese on the bottom, then top each with a hot dog straight from the grill. Drizzle a squiggle of honey mustard down the center of each hot dog, spoon the jalapeño slaw on one side and place 3 fried pickles on the other, then serve.

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