7 Hot Dog Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Need

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7 Hot Dog Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Need

If you’re unfamiliar with YouTube creator CrazyRussianHacker then you’ve been missing out. He creates Youtube videos featuring science experiments, what to be prepared for when owning a husky or chickens and new and exciting life hacks. Our favorite playlist by this entertaining Russian is his gadget reviews that are both informative and hilariously entertaining.

How is this related to hot dogs you may be wondering? Well CrazyRussianHacker has a video where he tests and reviews seven hot dog gadgets, and it’s worth the watch. Below you can find the gadgets and how they work, where you can purchase them, how much they cost, what the reviews are saying and our own entertaining running commentary.

 

 

SLOTDOG

– $16.99

Amazon describes this product as “Say Goodbye to Boring Hot Dogs Forever with SLOTDOG!”

Amazon user AmazonPrimate rates this 5 stars with “best drunken purchase EVER”

This product features stainless steel blades that are made to slice into your hot dog with ease, creating a fun pattern that expands as the hot dogs cook. Cleaning is easy since it’s dishwasher safe. Recommended for use with skinless, cold hot dogs that have been freshly removed from the refrigerator.

Why would you want to put slot marks into your hot dog? The product boasts a faster cook time since the heat can “penetrate deep” into the center of the hot dog. The slots also help the grill flavor, seasonings, rubs and toppings distribute their added flavor more evenly throughout the hot dog due to there being more surface area.  Lastly the amazon states that “the slots grab hold of your toppings with a Kung-Fu grip!”

How to use this product?

Step 1 – PUSH

PUSH SLOTDOG down on the SKINLESS fridge temperature hot dog with an end to end rocking motion until blades cut to your desired depth.

Step 2 – PULL

PULL the hot dog away from the blades carefully and repeat on the other side. Using SLOTDOG on both sides will prevent curling when cooking.

Step 3 – GRILL

GRILL and watch the slots expand as the hot dog cooks creating crispy caramelized juicy squares that grab hold of your toppings. Delicious fun for all ages. Enjoy your awesome tasty SLOTDOG hot dog and share them with your friends.

CONS –

Less Hot Dog Juice

Some hot dog aficionado’s claim that a hot dog is at it’s most flavorful when the skin isn’t broken. The moisture is trapped inside, creating a juicier hot dog eating experience.

 Careful Cleaning

If you don’t have a dishwasher then cleaning this gadget will be more complicated. You’ll have to go about it gently since your finger tips are precious tools.

Smooshed Hot Dogs

If your hot dogs are room temperature, they won’t be able to hold their shape when using this gadget. This will lead to a smooshed hot dog, and nobody wants a smooshed hot dog. Amazon suggest placing room temperature hot dogs in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes before use.

 

 

Farberware BBQ Hot Dog Stuffer

– currently unavailable on Amazon

CrazyRussianHacker gives this gadget a thumbs up stating “This is awesome, instead of stuffing my bun, I’m stuffing my sausage, I can’t wait to try this.”

This gadget features a durable, rust-resistant stainless-steel coring blade, with a lightweight plastic casing. It is dishwasher safe and easy to use.

This product doesn’t exactly core the hot dog, but slices into it so that the middle interior core is still connected, but it creates a decent sized pocket so you can stuff your hot dog with cheese, jalapeños, onions or other toppings of your choosing. This way you won’t lose any of your delicious hot dog meat.

How to use this product

Remove the plunger from the base, Insert your hot dog, place plunger on top of your hot dog and push. The hot dog will come out the bottom with its new topping pocket. Place the the BBQ to grill and once complete enjoy stuffing your sausage.

CONS –

Careful Cleaning

If you don’t have a dishwasher then cleaning this gadget will be more complicated.

Not cored

Timothy B. Riley on Amazon rated this gadget 2 stars because it is “not what I had hoped for”. Riley was looking for a tool that would completely core his hot dog so that he could completely stuff it full of tasty additions.

Personally, we feel like you get the best of both worlds with this gadget, you get a fun pocket to stuff full of toppings and you get to keep all of your hot dog meat.

 

Hot Dog Keeper Container

– $11.33

This product features a durable plastic with a snap-tight lid that keeps food fresh and ready to use. The dimensions are 5 1/2″ long x 4 1/2″ wide x 2 1/4″ high and is Dishwasher safe.

This is the perfect gadget for when you have a pack of ten hot dogs and you only want to use two. You can place the rest of them in this convenience hot dog shaped container, place it in your fridge and go on with your life.

What’s nice about this container is that the shape allows for stack ability. You can place other fridge objects on top of this container, or put this container on top of your other containers. Your hot dogs will stay fresher than if you were to put an open bag in the fridge and you don’t have to worry about gross hot dog juice leaking out and making your fridge smell.

Cons

One size does not fit all

This container is made for regular hot dog sizes. Any sausages are out of the question.

Amazon user mtshorton gave it a three star review stating that it’s probably not air tight.

 

Hot Dog Grill Basket

– $11.29

This BBQ Sausage rack is made of high-quality material, sturdy, durable, non-toxic and safe; it sports an adjustable wooden handle which makes it comfortable to grip without having to worry about burning your hands.

Make grilling easy with this hot dog grill basket. Save immense amounts of time by flipping 4 sausages at once instead of wasting time flipping them individually. This can also be used to grill leeks, needle mushrooms, chicken wings and meat.

Cons

Hot Metal

If you’re going to reuse this gadget right away be sure to let it cool or use gloves since the slide lock will get hot to the touch.

Don’t flip uncooked hot dogs

Until the hot dogs expand from the cooking heat, the basket is not tight around the hot dogs. Wait until they are a little cooked before flipping them to avoid hot dogs falling out onto your grill or into your campfire.

 

Pop-Up 2 Hot Dog and Bun Toaster

– $17.34

Amazon User kimiko rated this gadget 5 stars stating “This is the most amazing thing since hot water as far as I am concerned.”

For those moments when you need a cooked hot dog in your life but are too tired to bust out the grill. A wonderful way to cook hot dogs in the winter and its fun for the whole family.

This gadget toasts up to 2 delicious, regular-size or extra-plump hot dogs and buns at the same time. It comes with adjustable settings, many reviewers suggest toasting it at level 5 at first, then flipping the buns and the hot dogs and toasting them a second time at level 2.

It also comes with a hot dog cage and mini tongs so you can keep your hands safe when your dogs are toasty hot.

If you are looking for a footlong extension option, one amazon reviewer offers a genius solution. “There is no foot-long extension available for this product, but if you buy a second toaster and hold it upside down over the buns and hot dogs you will effectively be able to toast footlongs.”

Cons

You have to toast them twice!?

Just when you thought this was going to be easy, in order for your hotdog to be heated all the way through it is recommended you toast them twice.

Perform a burn cycle

The first time you use this toaster you have to run it without anything in it. In the words of one amazon user watch it “smoke like a bingo player at first”.

Annoying to clean

One amazon user suggests cleaning it after each use to avoid a lot of grease build-up.

Electric Stainless-Steel Steamer and Bun Warmer

– $89.99

Ok so we couldn’t find the exact model that CrazyRussianHacker uses, but close enough.

The product states that it has various uses, including classic dinners, ball games, family gatherings, and more.

Avoid the mess and hassle of a full-size conventional gas grill with this powerful yet compact design that weighs only 11 pounds.

To use, put the hot dog machine on a balanced surface, put the water into the water plate, and the water should not exceed 80% of the water plate. Fix the glass cylinder on the water plate and put the food into the basket. Turn on and after it is finished enjoyed steamed hot dogs.

Place your hot dog buns on the warmers to enjoy toasted hot dog buns.

Cons

Tastes like Steamed hot dogs

We personally prefer the flavor of grilled hot dogs.

Pricey

Running at $89.99, it’s an expensive gadget just to cook hot dogs.

 

Curl-A-Dog BBQ Spiral Grilling Hot Dog Sausage Slicers

– $6.18

Amazon user Jay Kerr states “To be honest, this was a gag gift. Well, the joke was on us, because this little gadget is outstanding.”

This order comes with 2 sizes, one is for 1/4 pound hot dogs and the other is regular. Curl-A-Dog’s are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

Create perfect spirals for your hot dogs. Increase the surface aera of your hot dog and enjoy a crispy texture. It also creates little pockets for your toppings to fall into, spreading the flavor more evenly throughout your hot dog.

Cons –

Less Hot Dog Juice

Some hot dog aficionado’s claim that a hot dog is at it’s most flavorful when the skin isn’t broken. The moisture is trapped inside, creating a juicier hot dog eating experience.

 Careful Cleaning

If you don’t have a dishwasher then cleaning this gadget will be more complicated.

Okay, so perhaps you don’t need ALL of these hot dog gadgets, but at least 3 seem to offer great value and come with exceptional Amazon reviews. Whether you purchase these gadgets as a gag gift or out of pure necessity, you can be assured that your hot dog game will LEVEL up.

So, what are you waiting for, grab your gadget, fire up the grill and enjoy yourself some fancy hot dogs.

 

 

 

 

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