For a long time BusyBoy and GigglyGirl seemed to lack the love of hot dogs that most kids have. I found it odd, but I didn’t really mind because I’m not a big fan of hot dogs myself. Mr. Right, on the other hand, loves hot dogs and was very distressed by the fact that our kids did not share this with him.
Well this summer that all changed. Now, for some inexplicable reason, they love hot dogs! So I’ve been looking for a handy gadget to allow me to mass produce hot dogs without too much hassle. Mr. Right insists that the best hot dogs are cooked on a hot dog roller griddle like you see at concession stands at the baseball park. But a hot dog roller griddle, or hotdog roller grill as it is sometimes called, is not easy to find in the stores where I live. So I had to do some research.
Here’s the hot dog roller griddle on which I’ve settled – the Emson Hot Dog Express which sells for $34.
It plugs into a standard electrical outlet and sits on the countertop, cooks 8 to 12 hotdogs, and weighs about 10 pounds. The length of cooking time on the hot dog roller griddle varies depending on the size and type of hot dog, but generally you can have a finished hot dog in about 4 minutes (7 minutes if you start with a frozen hot dog).
In addition to hotdogs, you can cook polish sausages, breakfast sausages, smokies, etc. on the hot dog roller griddle. Plus, the hot dog roller griddle part comes off so you can cook other kinds of food right on the flat griddle, like hamburgers, potatoes, carrots, onions, corn, fish, shrimp, pancakes, bacon, eggs, etc.
Finally the hotdog roller grill lid, rollers, and pan are all easy to remove and dishwasher safe. So it doesn’t turn into a big project for me to get it out and use it.