Carrot Dogs

Memorial Day means cookout for many. This year it did for me too. In my ongoing effort to provide less processed options, I decided to figure out the carrot dog. Yep, that is to use a marinaded carrot instead of something processed as a hot dog. The challenge of this option, is that the dog should not taste like a carrot. Big challenge! Those at the cookout really enjoyed my carrot dogs and said they didn’t take like carrots. Yummers!

What is needed:

  • At least 8 good size carrots, scrubbed, ends cut off, and cut to fit the length of a bun. Eight carrots yielded 10 dogs once sized. Don’t peel the carrots, that’s where the nutrients are and will allow for more charring when grilled
  • 1 4oz can mild green chillies
  • 1 oz liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 oz apple cider vinegar
  • 2 oz low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 oz maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 good sized garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

What to do:

  • Place carrots in pot and cover with water, bring to boil and let simmer until they can be pierced with a fork. Start with 10 minutes and test. Thinner carrots will be done and thicker carrots will need more time. The skin of the carrots might start to peel away. This is normal and just let them be
  • Place all other ingredients in a large ziplock bag or smaller casserole dish. Mix ingredients together. If using the bag, just close and shake
  • Once carrots are ready, drain and rinse under cold water until they can be easily handled
  • Place cooled carrots in marinade and cover carrots in marinade
  • Let carrots marinade at least four hours in the fridge
  • Heat up grill as usual
  • Place carrots on grill and cook until they begin to firm up again and get char marks. The loose skins will char nicely
  • Serve with favorite hot dog buns and toppings

These were such a big hit that I had none left to bring home for leftovers. Let me know if you try them and what you think!

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