An American Story

The history of grilling at Kingsford is a classic American story. It all started in 1919 when Edward G. Kingsford helped Henry Ford procure a stretch of timberland to supply wood for his auto plants.

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Kingsford® Preserve the Pit

Kingsford remains committed to celebrating Black barbecue culture by launching the second year of Preserve the Pit and doubling the investment in aspiring barbecue professionals.

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American Pride

An American-made company founded over 100 years ago, Kingsford has a lot to be proud of. Our employees have been continuing the family tradition in backyards across the nation.

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Chicago-Style Char Dogs

This decked-out hot dog is an original Windy City creation. Add the extra step of grilling, and it’s a backyard sensation.

Cooking for 4 people


  • 4 all-beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns

Hot Dog toppings

  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 0.25 cup bright green sweet pickle relish
  • 0.5 small white onion, diced
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • pickled sport peppers, to taste
  • celery salt, to taste

1 Food Prep

  • First, butterfly the hot dogs by slicing them lengthwise without cutting all the way through. 

  • Next, get your hot dog toppings together so they’ll be ready when the hot dogs come off the grill. Cut the 2 small Roma tomatoes into thin wedges, and dice ½ of a small white onion.

2 Grill Prep

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Gently open the butterflied hot dogs and lay them flat on the grill.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until charred in spots and hot throughout.
  • Grill the buns quickly over the coals for about 1 minute, until they’re lightly toasted.
  • Place 1 hot dog on each bun and top with ¼ of the toppings. Add sport peppers to taste, then sprinkle with the celery salt.
  • Repeat with the remaining hot dogs and serve immediately — hot off the grill.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

33 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Change Char to Star These are the best dogs I have ever eaten. Even my wife, who usually isn't a fan of dogs, think these are the bomb.
Date published: 2023-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so yummy i made this at our company picnic and everyone loved it.
Date published: 2023-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dogliscous Great recipe. Always a fan favorite. Tailgate time.
Date published: 2023-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grilled Chicago Style Hot Dogs My wife loves grilled hot dogs, I like Chicago style hot dogs, a recipe made in heaven. Very easy and tasty!
Date published: 2023-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for the whole Family! This was my first attempt at making Chicago Style Char Dogs and wow they turned out great! My whole family really enjoyed this meal and was a perfect choice for a warm summer night! I will be making these again in the near future.
Date published: 2023-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Husband's favorite We were looking for a recipe to spruce up hot dogs and this one is the best we've tried.
Date published: 2023-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic! Of course all toppings are optional but I love how easy this classic recipe is to follow!
Date published: 2023-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dog!!! Butterflying the hot dog makes it!!!! Add what you like it works!
Date published: 2023-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Nothing beats a Chicago style dog. And love that this recipe calls for celery’s been a family classic ingredient for years. Turned out perfect.
Date published: 2023-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chicago-Style Char Dogs My stepson loves these and told us about them when he moved to Oklahoma from Oregon to live with us. I had never heard of such a thing but I LOVE THEM! This recipe is so easy and fun. They are a staple for us now.
Date published: 2023-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Delicious Chicago Style Char Dogs I thoroughly enjoyed the delectable Chicago char dog. The combination of all-beef hot dogs nestled in perfectly toasted hot dog buns was a delightful treat. The choice of toppings I used truly elevated the flavors. The addition of yellow mustard added a tangy kick, while the green, sweet pickle relish provided a delightful sweetness. I also included diced white onions and thin wedges of Roma tomatoes, which added a refreshing crunch. The dill pickle spears contributed a delicious briny note, and I adjusted the level of pickled sport peppers to suit my taste. To round it all off, a sprinkle of celery salt added the perfect finishing touch. Overall, this Chicago char dog was a mouthwatering experience that I can't wait to indulge in again.
Date published: 2023-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh yeeaaahhhh! I had never had a Chicago style hot dog before but I don't think ketchup is gonna cut it after this! All the extra toppings took it to the next level!
Date published: 2023-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciousness I love this! It reminds me so much of Chicago Style Hot Dogs and brings me memories of home!!!
Date published: 2023-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best independence day dish This is so unique and mouthwatering I can't stand it!
Date published: 2023-06-25
Date published: 2023-06-24
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