A Recipe for the 4th of July

1 Jul

Frankfurters on the Grill


Charcoal grill

Chimney starter

Charcoal briquettes





Frankfurters (Look for all beef with natural casing)

Hot dog buns (American style, top loaders preferred. I will not hold it against anyone if they favor the New England Style even though they were constructed more for lobster meat than a frankfurter)

Mustard (My personal favorite is a spicy, deli-style mustard, but if the bright yellow stuff works for you, who am I to say no?)

Relish (Sweet, emerald green or India)

Ketchup (only if there will be persons under 12 at your Fourth of July barbecue. Proof of age required.)


Chopped white onions, sauerkraut, chili, or anything else you want on your frankfurter is optional.


Fire Preparation

Charcoal in chimney starter

Fill chimney starter with charcoal briquettes

Put one piece of newspaper below, light with match and let charcoal burn unto white and glowing.

Charcoal smoking

Pour hot briquettes into the grill, cover with grate.

Frankfurter  Preparation

Slice frankfurters lengthwise with a sharp knife.

Slicing frankfurters

Bun Preparation

Open buns and spread butter on each side.

American Style Buns

Condiment Preparation

Assemble mustard, relish, ketchup and any other condiments you might want.

The Frankfurter Trinity

Place frankfurters on the hot grill, turning frequently with the tongs until the skin splits, bubbles and the sausage’s juices are revealed. They are now done, but if you prefer a dark char on the meat, cook as long as you like.

In the meantime, flatten the buns on the fringe of the grill, away from the direct heat. Watch carefully to make sure they do not burn. Take them off when they are toasted lightly brown.

Frankfurters lightly charred, buns toasting on the fire’s fringe.

Perfectly toasted buns

The dressed frankfurter

Place frankfurter in the roll, apply the condiments of choice, and enjoy.

A youngster enjoying his frank (with ketchup).

One Response to “A Recipe for the 4th of July”


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