Danger dog is the slang term for a type of hot dog first sold by street vendors in Tijuana, Mexico, and is also known as a “Tijuana bacon dog.” A danger dog is a hot dog wrapped in a piece of bacon, fried in oil and served on a bun with grilled onions and chilli sauce.
The term “danger dog” originates from this form of hot dog’s reputation as being of cheap quality (or presumed low quality, as it is usually sold by unlicensed street vendors). Danger dogs are now being sold by street vendors in urban areas in the United States such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.
On the east coast of the United States, a variation has appeared with the bacon-wrapped hot dog being deep-fried and called a “Jersey breakfast dog.” There is a tradition in New Jersey of serving hot dogs that have been deep-fried in hot oil until they rip apart (“rippers”) or just blister lightly (an “in and outer”). The Jersey dog is usually served atop fried or scrambled eggs.
In Los Angeles they are known as “street dogs” or “bacon-wrappeds.” Vendors can be found cooking them on a stainless steel baking tray over sterno heat sources outside of bars, concerts and other late night establishments.