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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

You’ll be the star of the cookout with these bacon-wrapped delights, made in a skillet or at the grill. Top with fresh pickle relish, sauerkraut or slaw for extra crunch. (Progressive Farmer photo by Rachel Johnson)

Makes: 6 hot dogs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

2 to 4 slices center-cut bacon

6 bun-length beef hot dogs

6 hot dog buns

Pickle relish, sauerkraut or slaw for serving

1. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook six slices of bacon over medium-low heat, turning once, until fat is rendered and edges are almost crispy (about 5 minutes). Transfer bacon to a plate; cool. Discard excess bacon drippings, but don’t wash pan.

2. Wrap bacon slices, overlapping, around hot dogs. Break a few toothpicks in half; use to secure ends of bacon.

3. Cook bacon-wrapped hot dogs in same skillet (or in a grill pan) over medium heat, turning often, until bacon is golden and crisp (about 5 minutes). While hot dogs are cooking, warm buns on grill or in oven.

4. Remove toothpicks from hot dogs; serve hot dogs in warmed buns topped with relish, sauerkraut or slaw.