Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs: A Texas Tradition Worth Celebrating
Who can resist a bacon-wrapped corn dog? This delicious treat is a staple in Texas cuisine, particularly when Texas Independence Day rolls around. This year, why not celebrate with a homemade version of this classic dish? With the right ingredients and a bit of time, you can create a mouthwatering feast that your family and friends will love.
A Recipe Born from Texas Pride
As a Texan, I have a deep appreciation for the bold flavors that our state is famous for. From BBQ to TexMex, and even to fair foods like corn dogs and anything deep-fried, there’s a wide range of tastes to explore. One of my favorite ways to celebrate these flavors is with a delicious bacon-wrapped corn dog, made with quality ingredients from our local H-E-B.
Quality Ingredients for a Delicious Meal
When it comes to bacon, there’s no brand quite like Wright Brand Bacon. This thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon delivers a bold flavor that is perfect for wrapping around a juicy hot dog. Combine this with a homemade cornmeal batter, and you’ll have a dish that’s sure to impress.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
1 pkg 40oz. Wright Brand Bacon in the Hickory Smoked flavor
3 pkg Cheddar Hot Dogs
2 c Cornmeal
2 c Flour
½ c Sugar
2 tbs Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt
2 Eggs (Beaten)
2 ½ c Milk or Buttermilk
2 tbs Vegetable Oil
2 tbs Honey
24 Cake Pop Sticks
Oil for Frying
Now, Let’s Get Cooking:
Wrap each hotdog with one strip of bacon, using two toothpicks to hold it in place.
Grill or fry the bacon-wrapped hotdogs until the bacon is crispy, then let them cool.
While the hotdogs are cooling, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs and mix them in, along with the milk, vegetable oil, and honey. You should end up with a smooth batter.
Pour some of the batter into a cup large enough to dip the hotdogs into, then remove the toothpicks from the bacon-wrapped dogs. Make sure there is no moisture (grease) on them by using a paper towel.
Stick a cake pop stick into each hotdog about halfway, then dip the hotdog into the batter and straight into the fryer.
Fry each one for 2-3 minutes, or until golden, then remove and place on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Repeat this process for each bacon-wrapped hotdog, and you’ll end up with 24 delicious corn dogs!
Experience the Taste of Texas with Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs
In honor of Texas Independence Day, H-E-B is celebrating all things Texas with TexFest. This two-week celebration runs from February 24 to March 8, featuring local products, Texas-style events, recipes, and savings. It’s a grand event that truly represents the spirit of the Lone Star State.
Ready to make your own bacon-wrapped corn dogs? Grab a coupon and save on some 40 oz. Hickory Smoked Wright Brand Bacon at your local H-E-B. It’s time to celebrate Texas Independence Day in style!
|Wright Brand Bacon
|1 pkg (40oz)
|Cheddar Hot Dogs
|Milk or Buttermilk
|2 ½ cups
|Cake Pop Sticks
|Oil for Frying
|Wrap each hotdog with one strip of bacon and use toothpicks (2 on each) to hold in place
|Grill or fry hotdogs with bacon
|Let them cool
|Heat fryer to 350*F degrees
|While hotdogs are cooling mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl
|Mix in eggs, milk, vegetable oil & honey until smooth
|Pour some mixture into cup large enough to dip hot dogs into
|Remove toothpicks from bacon wrapped dogs & use paper towel to make sure there is no moisture (grease) on them
|Put one stick into each bacon wrapped dog about half way
|Dip hot dog into batter then straight into fryer
|Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden
|Remove and place on paper towels to drain any excess oil
|Repeat for each bacon wrapped hotdog
|Makes 24 Bacon Wrapped Corn Dogs
|Texas Independence Day
|Annual (March 2nd)
|TexFest (H-E-B’s celebration of all things Texas)
|February 24 – March 8, 2016
The History of Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs
While corn dogs are a staple in many American diets, the addition of bacon takes this dish to a whole new level. The history of the bacon-wrapped corn dog is a bit murky, but it’s believed to have originated in Texas, where food is often bigger and bolder. This unique twist on a classic dish is a testament to the creativity and innovation of Texas cuisine. It’s a dish that’s not just confined to fairs or carnivals but has found its way into home kitchens and restaurants, becoming a beloved treat for many.
The Importance of Quality Bacon
When making bacon-wrapped corn dogs, the quality of the bacon is a crucial factor. Good quality bacon should be thick, hickory-smoked, and full of flavor. Wright Brand Bacon fits the bill perfectly. It’s thick-cut and hickory-smoked, providing a robust flavor that complements the hot dog and cornmeal batter perfectly. The bacon is the star of the show in this dish, so don’t skimp on the quality.
The Perfect Cornmeal Batter
The cornmeal batter forms the outer layer of the corn dog, and getting it right is essential. The batter should be smooth and thick enough to coat the hot dog evenly. The addition of honey adds a touch of sweetness that balances out the savory flavors of the bacon and hot dog. The result is a perfectly crispy, golden brown exterior that is an absolute delight to bite into.
Cooking Tips for Perfect Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs
When cooking bacon-wrapped corn dogs, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, make sure the bacon is cooked until crispy before you wrap it around the hot dog. This ensures that the bacon is cooked through and adds a delightful crunch to the corn dog. Second, be sure to drain the bacon-wrapped hot dogs on paper towels after frying to remove excess oil. This keeps the corn dogs from becoming overly greasy and ensures a crispy exterior.
Enjoying Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs
Bacon-wrapped corn dogs can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. They’re perfect for a backyard barbecue, a game day snack, or even a fun dinner option. Serve them with a side of your favorite dipping sauce, like ketchup, mustard, or even barbecue sauce for a truly Texan experience. They’re also a great way to celebrate Texas Independence Day or any other special occasion.
Can I make bacon-wrapped corn dogs ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and the batter ahead of time. Store them separately in the refrigerator and dip and fry the corn dogs just before serving.
Can I use turkey bacon?
Yes, you can use turkey bacon if you prefer. However, it may not provide the same level of flavor and crispiness as traditional bacon.
Can I bake the corn dogs instead of frying?
While frying gives the best results, you can bake the corn dogs at 375°F for about 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Bacon-wrapped corn dogs are a delicious and unique dish that embodies the spirit of Texas cuisine. With quality ingredients and a bit of cooking know-how, you can create this tasty treat right in your own kitchen. So why wait? Grab your ingredients and get cooking!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a bacon-wrapped corn dog?
A bacon-wrapped corn dog is a classic Texas dish where a hot dog is wrapped in bacon, dipped in a homemade cornmeal batter, and then deep-fried until golden. It’s a tasty blend of sweet, salty, and savory flavors.
2. Can I use any type of bacon?
While you can use any type of bacon, the recipe recommends using Wright Brand Bacon for its thick-cut and hickory-smoked flavor.
3. Can I use any type of hot dogs?
Yes, you can use any type of hot dogs. However, this recipe uses cheddar hot dogs for an extra cheesy flavor.
4. Can I make this recipe without a deep fryer?
Yes, you can use a deep skillet or pot filled with oil on the stove. Just ensure the oil is heated to the right temperature before frying the corn dogs.
5. Can I make these in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and batter in advance. When you’re ready to serve, dip the hot dogs in the batter and fry them.
6. What is Texas Independence Day?
Texas Independence Day, celebrated on March 2, is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. This event marked Texas’ independence from Mexico.
7. What is TexFest?
TexFest is a two-week celebration held by H-E-B from February 24 to March 8, featuring local products, Texas-style events, recipes, and savings.
8. Can I get a discount on Wright Brand Bacon at H-E-B?
Yes, you can grab a coupon and save on some 40 oz. Hickory Smoked Wright Brand Bacon at your local H-E-B.
Experience the bold flavors of Texas with this mouthwatering bacon-wrapped-corn-dog recipe. This Texas tradition involves wrapping a hotdog in hickory-smoked Wright Brand Bacon, dipping it in a homemade cornmeal batter, and deep-frying it until golden. Perfect for celebrating Texas Independence Day or any day you’re craving a savory and satisfying meal. Find the ingredients at your local H-E-B and start cooking today!
|Wright Brand Bacon – Hickory Smoked flavor
|1 pkg 40oz.
|Cheddar Hot Dogs
|Wrap each hotdog with one strip of bacon, using two toothpicks to hold it in place.
|Grill or fry the bacon-wrapped hotdogs until the bacon is crispy, then let them cool.