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American Hot dogs

American Hot Dogs with pickled vegetables

A decent game on TV? Quickly make a delicious snack to eat during the match. These American Hot Dogs are the perfect snack to watch your favourite team with a beer. Or just to enjoy with the family?
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, german
Keyword barbecue, bbq, bratwurst, classic joe, Coldsmoked, Grilled, Hot dog, kamado, pickles, sausage, Slo roller, smokey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 8 sausages of your choice here bratwurst from Lidl
  • 8 soft Hot Dog sandwiches
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 mini cucumbers
  • ketchup
  • 1 piece of cheese here Old Bruges

For the pickle juice

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 5 mint leaves


Brining the vegetables

  1. Prepare the brine mixture by bringing the ingredients to boiling point.
  2. Cut the cucumber into fine slices and the red onion into fine rings.
  3. Add the red onion and cucumber to 2 separate weck jars and pour over the pickling juice until it's completely submerged by the juice.
  4. Leave the onion and cucumber in this pickle for at least one night.

Sausage smoking

  1. Prepare your BBQ for an indirect session at medium temperature (150-180°C). Add a cube of smokewood once the BBQ is at temperature and wait until the smoke turns light blue. For this recipe I used my Kamado Joe with the Slo Roller.
  2. Smoke the sausages for +-30 min (depending on the thickness) until they feel firm. Make sure you don't pierce the thin casings when you move them. When using a plate setter or the Slo Roller of the Kamado Joe, you can easily leave the sausages lying around without moving them.
  3. Now you can choose whether to place the sausage directly above the grill to give it a nice brown color and Maillard reaction. Here I chose to provide the sausages with a subtle smoky flavor without further grilling.
  4. Cut the sandwiches in half and place the sausage in between. Sprinkle generously with grated cheese. and place for 5-10 minutes back (indirectly) on the BBQ until the sandwiches are hot and the cheese is melted.

Finish the Hot Dogs with pickled vegetables and spray ketchup over to taste. Enjoy these delicious American Hot Dogs!