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Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

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An all beef, grilled hot dog smothered in creamy, rich macaroni and cheese topped with bacon and green onions. These Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ are sure to be a hit! 

Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

Happy Weekend!

I am so happy to be joining in on our theme this week. Summer BBQ! I almost didn’t, but not because I didn’t want to, but because I wasn’t sure how I’d ever get it all done.

You see, as you’re reading this, I am probably currently completely wrapped up in my daughter Brielle’s return home.

You see, she’s been gone for the past 3 weeks at Truman State University taking advantage of a fun college experience.

I’ve missed her like crazy and as I’m writing this, there are only four short little days until I see her.

I am so excited to make the drive to get her, spend some fun time with my family in a hotel with an indoor pool, and see all the awesome sign language my daughter spent the past 3 weeks learning.

So because of all my other obligations, and our travel arrangements, I didn’t think I’d have time to do anything.

But my teens had other ideas.

Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

Story Behind the Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

The first time someone explained to me what a Ditch Dog was, I couldn’t imagine it.

“Macaroni and Cheese smothering a hot dog to death.” was how it was explained.

Frankly, it sounded weird. Not necessarily gross, just weird.

That all changed the other day when I actually saw one with my own eyes. I was innocently scrolling through my instagram feed and my sweet friend Nancy had just posted an instagram of a Ditch Dog she had eaten that day.

It looked goooood. It called my name. I thought about it for a few days afterward.

I showed it to my teenagers and that was when it was set in stone. We were making it.

I mean, afterall – it’s like the perfect teen food. Ya know?

We don’t eat hot dogs regularly here at all, and we’re quite picky about our hot dogs.

They have to be 100% beef. 100%. Except for my hubby who enjoys turkey dogs.

And we had to have made from scratch macaroni and cheese, which was not a problem since we make it a lot. You know… teens… comfort food…. yeah.

We didn’t go for anything special with the bacon, just regular old yummy bacon.

And the green onions were fresh from our garden, which I have to tell you I am simply loving. Snip, snip. Fresh herbs and veggies anytime we want!

So, before you turn your nose at something you’ve never had, at least have a taste (or see what it looks like first) because we actually really enjoyed these. The teens were a bit fanatic about them.

Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

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Recipe for Ditch Dogs

Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ

Ditch Dogs for a Summer BBQ
A fun and different hot dog to make your BBQ’s just a little different. Kids LOVE them!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8 hot dogs grilled
  • 8 hot dog buns toasted or grilled – we used garlic butter and then toasted them
  • Macaroni and Cheese – we use this recipe it’s one of our favorites and is perfect for this recipe
  • green onions thinly chopped
  • 1 pkg. of cooked bacon crumbled or sliced


Assembling Your Ditch Dog

  • Once everything is ready, lay your toasted/grilled bun flat and place the hot dog on top.
  • Spoon the macaroni and cheese over the top. Use as little or as much as you like. Just remember, you have to close it and eat it, so not too much.
  • Sprinkle bacon and green onions over the top and serve.
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Tom @ Waegook Tom

Tuesday 30th of July 2013

I was browsing your homepage to see what yummies you've been cooking up recently Nicole, and then, ohmygod, I SAW THE PHOTO AND HAD TO CLICK. Seriously, this sounds absolutely fantastic. Screw it being just teen food, this twenty-something would quite happily scoff them down at every available opportunity. And then sob in the locker room at the gym as the scales keep going up. OK, so maybe not something to eat everyday, but they do look delish.

Chris Baccus

Saturday 6th of July 2013

I am long overdue in life for a Ditch Dog. I've had some pretty wild hot dog combos over the years but never with mac and cheese.

Anne @ Webicurean

Friday 5th of July 2013

I've never heard of a ditch dog! Normally I just eat my dogs plain, but after seeing this, I need to try it! I have no doubt my hubby will be on board with this as well :)

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Thursday 4th of July 2013

Ditch dogs sound like kid food heaven. I bet they'd sell good at the kid's softball game!


Thursday 4th of July 2013

Why are they called ditch dogs? Maybe somebody ditched their efforts for dinner and threw mac and cheese on top of a hot dog? haha I'll admit it does kinda sound weird, but you would eat hot dogs and mac and cheese side by side anyway, so why not on top? I'll have to try this sometime with leftover mac!

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