First of all, to all our Logan, Utah peeps–we know you guys always get the short straw when it comes to book signings, but both of us will be doing a book signing at the Deseret Book store in Logan at 7:00 TONIGHT! Please come!

So you know how I have this thing where I feel like my family and I need to eat Sloppy Joes after we’ve been trick-or-treating? Oh, wait, you probably didn’t know that. But I do–I feel like you should make Sloppy Joes and keep them warm in a slow cooker while you’re out trolling for candy and then eat them when you get back.

But sometimes I feel a little crazy, like I need to mix things up. Like with hot dogs. In a Sloppy Joe-like sauce, dying to be sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped onions and eaten after a chilly night of trick-or-treating. Don’t worry, I can hear all you hard-core foodies groaning from here. Hot dogs? In Sloppy Joe-like sauce? Yep. And guess what? They are frickin’ amazing. True story: We had a party at our house last month and I made Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches (which are always a huge hit) for the grown-ups and an earlier test version (because the time to test recipes is when you’re having guests, of course) of these hot dogs for the kids. Guess what everybody ate? The hot dogs. And that was before I got the recipe totally the way I wanted it.

The awesome news is that these are super easy. For the sauce, you’ll need apple juice, an onion, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

Quick note: I’m being very brand-specific in this recipe, but no part of this blog post is sponsored and we are not being compensated by any of these companies in any way. They’re just the products I use and like. And a commercial I think is funny.

See the chili sauce? That’s what you want; it’s not spicy at all. Yes, people have emailed us before and said that they’ve used Sriracha or other Asian chili sauces in recipes that call for this kind of chili sauce. And they were sad. Also, I do realize that this looks like it could be an ad for Walmart brand foodstuffs. It’s not, I promise; I just like to save money on little things so I don’t have to feel bad for spending more on other things. Like high-quality bacon and hot dogs.

I moved out of Costco-land almost 5 years ago, but I hear terrible rumors that you can no longer buy the Kosher dogs they used to sell. Which is really sad because they were amazing. But I really love these hot dogs (Oscar Mayer Selects).

I also love the series of commercials for this line of products. Like this one:

Aaaanywho. Back on track after the silly distraction.

In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crisp. Drain the bacon on a paper towel, leaving the drippings in the pan. Add the onion and garlic

to the drippings and saute until the onions are tender and fragrant. Side note: onions and garlic cooking in bacon drippings is one of the most swoon-worthy smells ever.

Add the chili sauce, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crumbled bacon, and apple juice and bring to a boil. Add the hot dogs and cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the hot dogs are hot. Either serve immediately or transfer to a slow cooker set to the low setting. Serve with shredded cheese and chopped onions.

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