The Milwaukee Dog

I have been craving hot dogs for about a week now. I have mentioned this not only to my wife, but also my coworker, and it’s funny, as my coworker was saying he has been making them throughout the week and loading them up with vegetables, and wrapping them in tortillas. My schedule has been way to hectic lately, and I have not been able to even make something as simple as a hot dog. With that said, both my wife, and kids were craving one thing yesterday, and low and behold, it was hot dogs!

Milwaukee Hot Dog Recipe

It was my time to finally have a hot dog, and as my initial reaction was to go simple, with a bit of mustard, I said the heck with that, and really make something wonderful, and something I am calling the Milwaukee Dog. Now sure, we are neighbors to Chicago, and as I used similar ingredients to a traditional Chicago dog, there were a couple of changes.

Lets get started.


  • Johnsonville Wieners (use something that has a great casing, and results in a nice snap)
  • Poppyseed hot dog buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • Roma Tomato(s), cut into thin wedges
  • Pickle spears (I love Famous Dave’s)
  • Green relish
  • White onion, diced
  • Banana Peppers, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, cut into strips
  • Celery salt

When you think about it, this is probably the best combination out there. Not sure what it is, if it is the textures in every bite, or the flavor combination, but whatever it is, it just rocks.

I am a big believer in boiling hot dogs rather than throwing them on the grill. I am also a believer in an all beef wiener that has a great snap in the casing when you bite into it.

Begin by boiling your wieners for about 10-12 minutes. During this time, gather the remaining ingredients. When the wieners are cooked, place a pickle spear in the bottom of the bun. Place your wiener in the bun, place the tomato wedges on the side, along with the banana peppers, relish, and diced onion. Squirt on the mustard, top with the cheddar cheese strings and sprinkle with celery salt. Repeat, as the first one is so good you will be screaming for another one.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

3 thoughts to “The Milwaukee Dog”

  1. Looks lovely. My wife and I have been craving some Sammy’s Taste of Chicago hot dogs, but maybe these will inspire us to create our own hot dog at home.

  2. Hey, you should enter this in the contest S. Rosen’s has going on right now. They’re trying to come up with a “Wisconsin Hot Dog” or “Wisconsin Brat.” Heard about it from my brother, who loves his brats. Winner gets all of the fixin’s to make your creation for 20 people. I think the website is

  3. Hmmm! Appears very tasty! I’ll searching for at my upcoming visit to Chicago. Till then allow me tell you I invested my past weekend in Chicago and had my Chicago hot dog at Portillo’s. All that is heard with regards to the snap of the dog is so real. The casing is resilient more than sufficient to really snap when you bite into it, without providing much resistance to make it difficult bite through. I furthermore liked the hot peppers in addition to the pickle, great heat that would not linger too long.

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