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.

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11 Reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chicago. Char dogs It Needs bacon bits for extra flavor. And no pickle spear. It makes the bun soggy
Date published: 2023-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hot dogs ever OH MY WORD THESE WERE SO AMAZING!!!! Just a bit a kick with the taste of summer
Date published: 2023-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Party Pleaser Easy party pleaser for everyone especially for groups like baseball teams. Able to quickly make and ready to serve hot while no one has to wait or have their food served cold.
Date published: 2023-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chicago Dogs are the best! I love these dogs! The celery salt brings it all together! Remember no ketchup on your dogs unless your under 10yrs old😁
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS THIS WAS SO GOOD A REAL CROWD PLEASER !The best part was the grill taste fromcharcoal cooking not gas!
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Made these and they were delicious. Will definitely be making them again.
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In Illinois Chicago dogs are the GREATEST Chicago dogs are the best way to serve up hot dogs
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG Yes!!! Thanks for the recipe. I’m from Illinois not too far from downtown Chicago. Nothing like a long walk on Navy pier eating a Chicago style dog, overlooking Lake Michigan.
Date published: 2021-10-29
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