Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

Colin Joliat Alcohol & Food Editor

There’s been a video circulating rampantly about spiral cutting hot dogs. We thought it only seemed fitting to try it for ourselves and determine if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

The theory is that spiral cut dogs cook straight and evenly, create more surface area for crispy meat, and look cool. Well, I’m on board with all of those things. The first step was obviously to go out and buy some hot dogs and skewers.  Easy enough. Every grocery store has wieners and almost all of them have skewers for shish kebabs.

IMG 1911 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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That’s when things got a bit trickier. It turns out that I’m not that great with wieners.

IMG 1912 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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I struggled to jam the stick straight through. As you can see, my aim was pretty terrible. Only halfway through the first time? Amateur hour.

IMG 1913 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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Eventually I made it end to end with fairly reasonable straightness, or so I thought.

IMG 1915 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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As I started to spiral cut, it became clear that my skewer was nowhere near centered. In some spots it was so bad that I was only I was cutting a couple millimeters deep.

IMG 1916 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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First attempt complete; all fingers intact.

IMG 1918 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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Look at that sad little wiener. They say practice makes perfect though.

IMG 1920 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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The second time around I thread the skewer vertically and it worked much better. If you’re going to try this, I’d highly recommend that. Just look at the 2nd one compared to my first disaster.

IMG 1921 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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Obviously I wasn’t going to waste a perfectly good stick of meat though, so both went on the grill.

IMG 1922 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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If you’re curious about the pineapple, check back later today for a great rum cocktail using grilled fruit.

IMG 1924 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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I can’t lie, they look delicious on the grill. You can tell which one was the better cut. The bottom one looks like it’s having a seizure.

IMG 1927 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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On of the claims is that a spiral cut dog perfectly fills the bun. That’s definitely spot on. The additional caramelized meat claim was accurate, and delicious, too. As for looking cool, I suppose that’s up to you.

IMG 1935 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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Finally, because I thrive on spite, I coated my wiener in mustard AND ketchup. Our own Isaac is incredibly against ketchup on a hot dog, so this one’s for him.

IMG 1940 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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It’s not just Isaac that’s against ketchup though. I live in Chicago, where I could be tarred and feathered for this. Like I said, I love spite. Plus, anyone who says you can’t put ketchup on pork can go ahead and give up BBQ pulled pork for the rest of their lives. The main component in most BBQ sauces is ketchup, so I’ll be watching you.

IMG 1942 640x426 Our attempt to spiral cut hot dogs [14 photos]

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