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Bacon wrapped dog - where to buy dog and bacon?

urbanfoodninja Feb 24, 2009 11:20 PM

Ok, this is a silly idea.

But I often have a craving for L.A. style bacon wrapped street vendor type dogs. And I want to make them at home myself, so I can have access to this delicious commodity 24/7.

Anyone have a clue what kind of dogs and bacon the vendors use and where I can buy them?

I've tried searching previous CH posts, but they generally refer to the location of the actual street carts.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

And don't worry, if you happen to be a dog vendor and reading this post, I'm not looking to open my own cart lol.


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    Burger Boy RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 25, 2009 05:07 AM

    Jons Market sells them ready to go in the meat area, not the hot dog section.

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      trojans RE: Burger Boy Feb 25, 2009 10:49 AM

      Vallarta too.

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        Jase RE: Burger Boy Feb 25, 2009 04:38 PM

        Top Valu also sells them ready to go with it all rolled up already

      2. peppermonkey RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 25, 2009 09:03 AM

        Fab Dogs has the LA street dogs....but I don't think it's type of dogs or bacon that matters...its more about coming out of an LA nightclub dehydrated and hungry from all the alcohol and debauchery...and taking a bite into a piping hot dog dripping with pork fat and laced with layer of cool fat (AKA mayo) and another layer of grilled onions/veggies... they all come together to renourish your depleted body in 1 bite....all those factors aside, i think the bacon and esp the mayo elevate this dog

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          urbanfoodninja RE: peppermonkey Feb 25, 2009 11:44 AM

          Burger, trojans, pepper, thanks for the info!

          Pepper, I totally agree that nothing beats that actual experience of buying the dog and eating it steaming hot after a night of clubbing. It's just that ninjas don't club much and my craving for the dog far exceeds the number of times I club. :)

        2. Mr Taster RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 25, 2009 09:17 AM

          Consider the economic decisions leading someone to cook hot dogs in a shopping cart. My guess would be that we're looking at whatever the absolute cheapest Food 4 Less sale hot dogs are. Lips and noses, et al.

          (That's not to say that I don't find them delicious... I do. But 9 times out of 10 I just can't bring myself to eat them and just walk on by...)

          Mr Taster

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            havepixel RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 25, 2009 11:54 AM

            The hot dog cart near Father's Office, "Let's Be Frank", sells its hot dogs at some stores. Check here for locations:

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              ceviche RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 25, 2009 03:59 PM

              i HIGHLY doubt that the illegal hot dog carts are using anything but the absolute cheapest hot dogs and bacon. maybe try going to smart and final and see what brands they sell?

              i actually did this a few months back at home using hebrew national franks and thick, applewood smoked bacon. not cool. go for the cheapest, thinnest, almost meatless (because it's all fat) bacon you can find. also, don't forget to toast the bun on your greased griddle.

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                LL1 RE: ceviche Feb 25, 2009 07:05 PM

                I tried the same thing! I guess I was trying for something more healthy and less guilty. Wasn't as good at all. Food 4 Less on Sunset in Hollywood sells the fat hot dogs already wrapped with bacon in the hot dog section. They also sell the fat hot dogs over by the bacon section. I know this is where the vendors buy them, because I've seen women with shopping carts filled with the fat hot dogs, bacon, jalapenos, onions and green peppers.

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                  urbanfoodninja RE: LL1 Feb 26, 2009 01:19 AM

                  wow, thanks for all the responses! i'm glad to know i'm not alone in my obsession.

                  havepixel, i've haven't tried let's be frank yet, but i'll have to check it out.

                  ceviche, i agree that the more fatty the better tasting!

                  and LL1, thanks for the tip!

                  can't wait to try the above suggestions. :)

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                    Servorg RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 26, 2009 04:18 AM

                    If your finished product looks anything like the photo attached you will have achieved "bacon wrapped hot dog orbital velocity" and your head will start to spin on its axis.

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                      Burger Boy RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 26, 2009 07:20 AM

                      Let's be Frank is a very good high end, basic hot dog. They do not have any wild toppings or even bacon, chili or quac. Let's be Frank makes a high end premium do with onions, grilled peppers and mustard and relish.

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                        ceviche RE: Burger Boy Feb 26, 2009 10:24 AM

                        agreed on let's be frank. very high quality and simple. i like it a lot. however, i don't think their sausages would work well in the context of a bacon-wrapped street dog.

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                          Burger Boy RE: ceviche Feb 26, 2009 08:09 PM

                          What if you used a Neuskes pepper bacon or an premium applewood smoked bacon? Interesting thought, with grilled peppers and onions and some Best food mayo and some hass avocado slices with some chili salt and smokey pepper. Hey, if I see one of these I am gonna sue. I just copyrighted it with the feds, so back off!

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                            ceviche RE: Burger Boy Feb 27, 2009 08:59 AM

                            honestly i think the applewood aspect kills the dog. when i made them using applewood bacon, the smokiness from the bacon just overwhelmed the dog. i don't think premium bacon is bad per se, i just think the smokiness of an applewood bacon just completely changes the profile of the dog, and it no longer tastes much like a street dog.

                            also, this is really important: go against EVERY foodie impulse in your body, and DO NOT use a thick-cut bacon for this project. thick-cut premium bacon is usually much thicker, stiffer, and meatier than the cheapo bacon used on street dogs. as a result, it doesn't wrap around the dog anything like the bacon on street dogs hugs the bacon and ends up melting into it once it hits the griddle. if someone could find a high-quality natural bacon which was thin and fatty i think that would be good, but i think your normal "premium" bacon would just not do what you want.

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                              Burger Boy RE: ceviche Feb 27, 2009 12:15 PM

                              You could go to Jons Market and get the slab bacon in the deli and have them slice it any thickness you want.

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                                a213b RE: ceviche Mar 3, 2009 08:40 AM

                                I would actually try it with some Prosciutto, which should be more than thin enough to wrap around the dog, while still imparting some delicious flavor.

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                    BEN92555 RE: urbanfoodninja Feb 27, 2009 07:25 AM

                    Actually you may buy these in a four pack from the Super A Markets in Los Angeles. Remeber to grill some onions!!!

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                      dclay RE: urbanfoodninja Mar 2, 2009 06:03 PM

                      Outside the Warehouse shoe store on McConnell in Culver City a guy with a cart was setup.
                      The kids wanted hot dogs, no bacon. He pulled out a full box of pre-wrapped dogs and removed the offending bacon.
                      The box said - "Meadow Gold". The bacon was extremely thin, mostly fat. Definitely the least expensive supermarket brand that had been wrapped by the proprietor around the cheapest dogs he could find.

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                        jillso RE: urbanfoodninja Mar 3, 2009 01:40 PM

                        Slice a long dodger dog down the middle, only penetrating half-way into the dog, and line the crevice with good old kraft american cheese. Wrap with two pieces of the pre-cooked microwave Oscar Mayer bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. I like to Microwave the mess for 15 seconds and then stick in under a hot broiler for a minute and a half.....but you can just microwave it for 35 seconds and call it good. This is a New England style Bacon-wrapped frank. (except, of course, they use Fenway Franks back east).

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                          Feed_me RE: jillso Mar 16, 2009 01:24 PM

                          Heesh....i had no idea the city laws were changed. The dogs have to be boiled or steamed and not grilled. That kills the idea of the bacon wrapped on the dog. I used to get them from my favorite vendor when I have time off from work (I'm at work when he's at work). Left the doctor's office and went down to my guy only to discover he's apparently been told the law by the authorities. He only now has steamed beef or turkey dogs and without bacon. I'm now paying attention to this thread...I may have to go the diy route. http://www.laweekly.com/2008-02-07/ea...

                        2. BunnieBear RE: urbanfoodninja Mar 16, 2009 09:23 PM

                          Eddie Lim of Deep End Dining (excellent blog) did one a while back and really got into simulating the flavors etc...check him out!

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