Grilled Hot Dogs with Sweet-Hot Relish

hot dogs
Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

Don't stop at hot dogs: The sweet, spicy, puckery relish is great on burgers, sausages, and chicken breasts, too.


  • ½ cup julienned cornichons, plus 1 tablespoon pickling liquid

  • ½ cup thinly sliced sweet onion, such as Vidalia

  • 6 tablespoons thinly sliced sweet-hot red peppers, such as Peppadew

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • 2 baguettes, ends trimmed

  • 6 hot dogs (preferably nitrate-free)

  • Safflower oil, for grill


  1. Combine cornichons and liquid, onion, and peppers. Let relish sit 30 minutes, or refrigerate up to 2 hours.

  2. Stir together mayonnaise and mustard, and refrigerate if not using immediately.

  3. Slice baguettes horizontally but not all the way through so they open like a book (or a hot dog bun). Cut each baguette into pieces the same length as hot dogs.

  4. Heat grill to medium-high, and brush grates with oil. Grill bread, cut side down, until just lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes, then wrap in foil to keep warm. Grill hot dogs until lightly charred on all sides and warmed through, 5 to 6 minutes.

  5. Spread inside of bread with mayonnaise mixture, and place a hot dog in each. Spoon relish over top.

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