Peanut Butter Bacon Hot Dogs. Seriously.
This past weekend I journeyed to Tacoma, Washington to visit my dad. I’m pretty unfamiliar with that area of our state, so I assigned him with the task of picking a cool place to meet. My dad is a man with excellent taste, so I knew he would not disappoint. And boy was I correct!
We ended up at the Red Hot, an unassuming little joint that specializes in creative hot dogs. The menu revealed that the Red Hot has been featured in a variety of local media and even appeared on Food Network’s Chef vs City. All this is well and good, but let’s get to the real question on everyone’s minds: does the Red Hot offer a hot dog slathered in peanut butter?
Upon spying this option, called the Hosmer Hound Dog, I remarked that it probably was delicious but I felt too guilty ordering it. Little did I know that fate had other plans. A super friendly local, who was sitting next to us at the bar, had overheard our conversation and asked the waitress to bring us two of the Hosmers, his treat.
I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.
This hot dog was not lightly bathed in a peanut-ish marinade or anything. We’re talking full-on thick peanut butter, liberally applied via piping tube. Oh, and did I mention that it also boasts two generous slices of bacon on either side of the dog? Intense. And yes, my initial suspicions were confirmed: this was the most distinctive and satisfying hot dog I’ve ever experienced.
I think I can attribute this experience to research for a new culinary hypothesis I must explore: does peanut butter complement EVERY food? It might. I don’t know. If it works on hot dogs, anything is possible.