Chicago-Style Hot Dogs ~ Happy Independence Day!

Give me one dragged through the garden, please!  If you’re not sure what that’s all about, I’ll tell you.  It’s the way to order a Chicago-style hot dog!  Don’t they look like great hot dogs?

If you love hot dogs, no other style of hot dog will do!  Classic Chicago-style hot dogs are legendary with their Vienna beef dogs, mustard, tomato wedges, chopped onions, juicy whole sport peppers, a dill pickle spear and celery salt sprinkled on a steamed sesame seed bun.  And don’t be putting your regular pickle relish on it ~ it has to be the neon green pickle relish ~ Nuclear Relish!

A hotdog is a humble thing made into something delicious and anyone can make a Chicago-style hot dog ~ all it needs is a little preparation.  Be sure to use the Vienna beef dogs so that you will hear the “snap” as you bite into them.  Whoever discovered this great blend of condiments for a hot dog was a genius!

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs


2 Vienna Beef Franks; steamed, boiled or grilled
2 poppy seed hot dog buns, steamed
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Nuclear Relish
2 tablespoons chopped white onion
4 tomato wedges
2 dill pickle spears
4 sport peppers
2 dashes celery salt


Bring a pot of water to a boil. 
Place hot dogs in water and cook 3-4 minutes until hot.
Put a steamer basket into the pot and steam the buns for 2 minutes or until warm.
Place hot dogs in the steamed buns.
Pile on the toppings in this order:
Nuclear relish
Tomato wedges
Dill pickles
Sport peppers
Celery salt
Nestle the tomato wedges between the dog and the side of the bun. 
Place the pickle on the other side.
And don’t even think about adding ketchup!


What could be better on the 4th of July than a Chicago-style hot dog, a baseball game and watermelon? 


And a special thank you to all 
who are serving and have served our great country!!!
May we never take our freedom for granted!
God Bless


  1. Oh Wow! Those do look great!! I'm gonna have to try my dog "dragged through the garden"
    Love it!

    Have a great 4th!

  2. I've never tried one this way but I'd like to give it a shot. It looks like it would combine for a perfect bite when all the goodies come together.

  3. Pam, your recipe must be one of the reasons why over 150 million hot dogs are cooked on the 4th of July!

  4. This sounds wonderful but think I may have a problem finding nuclear relish:( Diane

  5. These are my mom's favorite! She alway gets a Chicago dog! I've never like hot dogs even as a kid. I wouldn't want to go to birthday parties because back then they always served hot dogs,(and those little mints and spanish peanuts served in little paper cups were our party favors)lol! Anyway your dog look pretty!

    Happy 4th of July! Great Post!

  6. I've never had a Chicago dog, but definitely willing to try one. Went to a very fancy burger place yesterday and they had Kobe beef dogs. I got a veggie burger that was yummy and looked and even tasted some like a real burger. It was beets and wheat germ. I may try the Kobe dog at some point and will report back.
    Have a great Fourth!

  7. Nuclear relish=awesome. This is a delectable hot dog! Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

  8. Pam: What can be more American then hot dogs, great post.

  9. Sinful Southern Sweets, there's nothing like dragging them through the garden! Have a great day!

    Chris, it's a perfect combo even if it can get a little messy sometimes. The sport peppers definitely liven up the hot dogs!

    Linda, it's a perfect fast and easy thing for the 4th and I know plenty of the dogs are sold around here. Happy 4th to you and yours!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, the nuclear relish is definitely good even it is a dazzling color. Don't know who thought this up!

    Lyndsey, good for Mom! Funny with you and hot dogs. The cups of nuts and mints; I remember them when I was young at birthday parties! The boys always ended up flipping them with spoons all over the place. LOL! Happy 4th to you also!

    Buttercup, your veggie burger sounds good; very unique! I hope you try the hot dog as it's really pretty tasty! Have a good day!

    Julie, there's nothing like nuclear relish and it really looks like something nuclear! Thanks for the visit!

    This Is My Blog - fishing guy, you're so right! Add a baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet and you've got some good things for the 4th! Happy 4th to you!

  10. I"m hungry! I could SOOOO go for one of these right now, they look awesome!

  11. Pma these hot dogs look awesome and tasty, we love hot dogs, have a love 4th July, gloria

  12. Hi Pam! I agreed hot doags are really easy to put together and taste delicious with the right ingredients...yours looks great with all those relish! Happy 4th July to you!
    Thanks for visiting my blog...:D

  13. Happy Indipendence Day to you all!!
    Nice your Chicago hot dog!!

  14. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, thanks! Hope you're having a great holiday!

    Gloria, thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

    Jeannie, they are easy and something that most people enjoy. Hope you're having a great time celebrating the 4th!

    Zia Elle, thank you! We're having a great time celebrating with all the good food.

    Tavern on the Concho, thanks! They are delicious with all the loaded good things!

  15. Happy Independence day to all of you! Hope you're having a wonderful time!
    Cheers, Kristy

  16. That really does look good! Hope you had a wonderful 4th :-)

  17. My Little Space, thanks, Kristy! There was lots of fireworks around here last night, beautiful! Hope you're having a great holiday!

    Little Inbox, thank you! It was a good day!

    Martha (MM), they were good hot dogs. Thanks and I hope you had a wonderful 4th also!

  18. Love the cubs, and the food looks fabulous!

  19. Oh, they look so good! Nothing better on the 4th of July.

    Here in MA we enjoy our franks at Fenway during a game if we are not at home watching the game on t.v. :)

  20. They look so yummy and scrumptious!!!

  21. Never had a Chicago dog, after seeing yours it's a must have! Looks so good!

  22. Hi Pam! Hope you had a GREAT weekend!!! What a post!!!

    I'd love to have "one dragged through the garden" right about now. Does that come with 2 Dots and a Dash?

    Thanks for sharing, Pam...Wonderful tribute!!!

  23. I'm game! I'll try (almost) anything once. lol!

    I left an invite for you to join the Cookie Carnival on your post about BLTEs!

  24. These look like some LOADED hot dogs. Love the nuclear relish..radioactivity at it's finest :P

  25. Dana, I love the Cubs too and hope one of these years they have a winning team!

    JG, thanks and here's wishing you a good week!

    Salsa Verde, yummy sums it up! Love

    Dishesdone, I hope you give it a go! Have a good day!

    louise, thank you! I hope you had a great holiday weekend also!

  26. Dana, I love the Cubs too and hope they have a winning season soon!

    JG, I know what you mean with the hot dogs at the ball park! Hope you had a great 4th!

    Salsa Verde, thanks! They're good! Love

    Dishesdone, they're great! Hope you give it a go!

    louise, thanks so much and I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!


Celery is as fresh and clean as a rainy day after a spell of heat. It crackles pleasantly in the mouth.... it should be eaten alone, for it is the only food which one really wants to hear oneself eat.
~ A.A. Milne, "A Word for Autumn,"

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