Seasoned breakfast sausage, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and then grilled til crispy? Yes, the meatsplosion dog is a real thing.
I’ve been wanting to come up with a new hot dog post for a while. They’re such a fun summer grilling snack, not to mention a great way to cater for a crowd. I’d already made these pretzel bun dogs with beer cheese sauce, and was brainstorming other fun combos.
I liked the idea of bacon-wrapped dawgs, but reckoned it was just a little too simple. So I used that as a jumping off point, and wondered what else I could use in place of a pre-cooked wiener. Finally, after much crazy scribbling in my recipe notebook, I came up with an idea that I wasn’t exactly positive would work, but I was gonna give it a helluva shot.
As I started to think about how it would work, I realised I had effectively dreamed up a single-portion version of the famed Bacon Explosion. Also known as the BBQ Fatty, it’s basically a giant meatloaf of sausage, often stuffed with cheese that’s wrapped in a huge blanket of bacon weave, then smoked until done. My version? Similar, but faster! Yup, these babies are ready in about 15-20 minutes, because they’re grilled, not smoked.
Basically, you form a thin rectangle of breakfast sausage on a board, then place a layer of cheese in the middle, before pinching both sides together and sealing the cheese in, and finally wrapping the whole thing in bacon. I used fontina for the cheese, but you can use any kind of cheese that melts well – asiago, cheddar, gruyere or even good ol’ Monterey jack.Print