Entertain/Food / September 21, 2017

Gourmet Hot Dogs, Tailgating with Bar Dog wine

Ranch Hot Dog from Bon Appetit with Bar Dog wine

Football games bring tailgating. The best part of tailgating? Foods eaten out of hand and cheering with friends.

Our favorite tailgating food is the hot dog. Today, we elevated the humble dog for gourmet tailgating. We collected five of our favorite hot dog recipes perfect for game day.  

The right wine to enjoy with dogs? Bar Dog wine, a juicy California Cabernet Sauvignon that is fresh enough for game day.

Find Bar Dog wine near you!

We’ve made five of football season’s hottest dogs for you to enjoy with Bar Dog wines.

Good Morning Dog!
Nacho Dog
Chicago Dog
Frito Pie Dog
Bon Appetit’s Ranch Dog


Good Morning! Dog
Good Morning! Dog

When tailgating starts early, the Good Morning! Dog is the choice to ease into the game. Constructed of a large pancake, piece of bacon and a snappy hot link, this hot dog gets the day started on a hearty note. Drizzled in maple syrup, and you’ve brought it to a brand new level.

Try this dog with another fan favorite, Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato! Find Sweet & Sassy near you or purchase it online.

Nacho Dog
Nacho dog

Taking inspiration from what’s inside the football stadium, we topped the Nacho dog with rich Nacho cheese, pickled jalapenos and crushed up seasoned tortilla chips. This hot dog surprised us with its harmonious flavors and spicy heat.

Another great wine pairing idea with this dog: Middle Sister Rebel Red. Find Rebel Red near you or purchase it online.

Chicago Dog
Classic Chicago Hot Dog

We always respect the classics. This Chicago dog is built according to the strict instructions of the Chicago dog vendors of the city of big shoulders. Yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled peppers and a dash of celery salt make this classic a drippy, delicious mess.

You could also consider pairing this masterpiece with: Middle Sister Goodie Two-Shoes Pinot Noir. Find Goodie Two-Shoes near you or purchase it online.

Frito Pie Dog

Frito Pie Dog

Born of the Southern states, Frito pie is a glorious pile of chili, cheese and Fritos. We’ve taken inspiration from the Frito pie by topping our hot dog with beef chili, green onions, cheddar and Fritos. Adjust the spices in the chili for more heat, and prepare extra napkins for accompaniment.

Take this dog to the next level with another great pairing: Middle Sister Mischief Maker Cabernet. Find Mischief Maker near you or purchase it online.

Frito Pie Hot Dog

Bon Appetit’s Ranch Dog

Ranch Dog

Our favorite of the gourmet dogs, this hot dog is made fresh with the addition of ranch slaw, hot peppers and potato chips.

Ranch Slaw (from Bon Appetit)

3 cups thinly sliced red and green cabbage
½ cup Ranch Dressing (recipe below)
Salt and pepper to taste

Ranch Dressing Ingredients
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Ranch dressing directions

Ranch Dog, Dill Dressing

Stir together buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, vinegar, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Slaw directions

Add cabbage and ½ cup of ranch dressing to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Top a delicious bun-length hot dog with this slaw, add potato chips, pickled peppers and chopped chives to surprise your fellow hot dog lovers with flavor.

Try another crowd-pleasing wine with this recipe: Middle Sister Drama Queen Pinot Grigio. Find Drama Queen near you or purchase it online.


Tailgating, Bar Dog wine and hot dogs are a winning match no matter the game.  We’re always on the hunt for new and exciting flavor combinations. Share your favorite toppings in the comments!



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