Copycat Whistle Dog
A&W has been an institution in the US and Canada for countless of years. It has been a fast food chain that I have enjoyed going to since I was a child. Amber has also enjoyed this restaurant but she is not a burger fan! Luckily A&W had more to offer than just burgers and one thing she loved was their Whistle Dogs. Her and Ken were flabbergasted when they went in to order her beloved hot dog and found out they no longer offer it. WHAAAAAAT????!!! How could this be???!! Ken and Amber came home disappointed and decided to make their own Copycat Whistle Dog!!
There are just a few things A&W did to make this hot dog really good. They sliced it in half and grilled it that way. They kept the condiments to a minimum, relish, bacon and cheese. We added in the little bit of white onion as it adds so much to the hot dog but you can omit that. Plus, they toasted the bun. No ketchup or mustard on this dog!! This is how is arrived!! And man are they good!!
I believe the Whistle Dog was unique to the Canadian menu only. But now all of you can make this excellent treat for your family. It sure is loved here. We cook up the bacon in the oven to a perfect crispness. Don’t know why we haven’t done that for years. It is the only way to cook it!!
This Whistle Dog would be great for lunch or dinner this summer or anytime. The hot dog can be cooked on the grill or stove top on a flat iron grill or cast iron pan. The toppings are easy but an excellent combination of flavors!
- Hot dogs, all beef, sliced down the middle but not all the way through
- Hot dog bun, toasted
- Cheddar Cheese, grated
- Bacon, cooked crisp
- Sweet Relish
- White onion, finely chopped, optional
- Heat up the bbq to medium and grill the hot dogs on both sides until nice grill marks appear. Toast the buns on the grill, open side down. Place one hot dog in each bun and fill the hot dog with cheese. Run it under a broiler to melt. Top with crisp bacon, relish and onion if desired. Serve immediately.