Spider Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup
Makes 16 spider dogs and 1/2 cup sauce
For the chipotle ketchup:
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
For the spider dogs:
4 hot dogs (I like using turkey dogs)
1. Make the chipotle ketchup: Mix the brown sugar and chipotle pepper together in a small bowl. Add the soy sauce and mix until well incorporated and no lumps remain. Add the ketchup and mix well. Put the finished ketchup in a squeeze bottle for easy decorating.
2. Make the spider dogs: Cut the ends off of each hot dog, then cut each hot dog in half. Cut each hot dog piece in half lengthwise, then carefully cut each end into 4 “legs,” cutting about 1/3 of the way into the hot dog piece (leaving 1/3 uncut in the middle).
3. Heat a skillet over medium heat, then add the hot dogs, flat side down, and cook. When the flat sides are starting to bubble and brown, flip the pieces over to cook. The legs should start to separate and curl. If any of the legs are sticking together, gently separate them to encourage curling. The spider dogs are done when they are sizzling and starting to bubble. Remove from the heat and set on a paper towel to cool and soak up any extra grease.
4. To serve the spider dogs: Use the chipotle ketchup to draw a spider web on a plate and set the spider dogs on the web and serve.