Danger Dogs – Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

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.


In Chicago, there is a variation called the Francheezie. This is typically found at greasy spoon restaurants, it is a jumbo sized hot dog, split in the middle and filled with Cheddar cheese (or Velveeta). It is wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then served on a toasted bun.


In Los Angeles, they are known as Bacon-Wrappeds or BWHDs. The “True” Bacon-Wrapped consists of a bacon-wrapped hotdog, grilled onions and bell peppers, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and a grilled jalapeño pepper. This version was voted the Official Hot Dog of Los Angeles in a poll held by Farmer John.

Danger Dogs - Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
Street vendors in Mexico have been serving these treats for years, and now bacon-wrapped hot dogs have made their way north, south, east, and west where they have become a favourite snack or street food.
Recipe type: Street Food
Serves: 8
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3-4 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • optional condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, or American mustard
  1. Slice the onion into rings.
  2. Cut the jalapeños in half, remove the seeds, and then slice them lengthwise into thin strips.
  3. Wrap a bacon rasher tightly around each hot dog.
  4. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large pan. Add the onion rings and jalapeño peppers, keeping the onions and peppers separate from each other. Cook them until soft and slightly browned (about 12 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, cook the bacon-wrapped hot dogs in another pan over medium heat. Turn the hot dogs occasionally until the bacon is crisp on all sides (about 12 minutes)
  6. After the hot dogs are cooked, place them in a hot dog bun and top with the sauteed onions and jalapeño peppers, to taste. You can then add ketchup or mustard, however the traditional condiment is mayonnaise.

Bacon Wrapped Dog – video

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in – not drugs or sex – but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, but hardly anyone will talk about it, for fear of being hassled, shut down or worse. Reason-TV caught it on tape. One minute bacon dogs are sold in plain view, the next minute cops have confiscated carts, and ordered the dogs dumped into the trash.



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