Summer Grilling Needs + Saucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe

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Summer is knocking on our doors, which means lots of backyard and pool parties on the way. I thought I’d share with you my Summer Grilling Needs and a Saucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe to inspire your summer soirees coming up. Giant Eagle has become my go-to one-stop-shop because it has everything I need from meats, buns, drinks, dessert, chips, all the way to the kerosene for your grill, guys! Let me show you my recent grocery trip.

Summer Grilling Needs

Summer of Grilling, Outdoor Party Essentials

Main Meal: Meats

When you’re planning a summer grilling party menu, start with the main meal. Are you grilling steaks or burgers? Are you grilling hotdogs? If so, what kind. Write it down, so you can easily decide what to pair them with and what ingredients you’ll need. I decided I’d go with grilled burgers and my Saucy BBQ Hotdog recipe. I got the Market District Gourmet Seasoned Beef Burgers from Giant Eagle’s meat section, and some Oscar Mayer hotdogs from the frozen aisle.

Giant Eagle Grocery, meats, hotdogsburgers and hotdogs

Buns and Condiments

If you’re making burgers or hotdogs, then write down the ingredients you’ll need for those. I knew I needed buns for both burgers and hotdogs, along with the add-ons and condiments.

Kraft natural cheese, Pepperidge Farm buns, burgers, Natures Basket organic ketchup

I got some tomatoes and lettuce (not shown) at the produce section of Giant Eagle. Then, I headed on to grab some Heinz BBQ sauce and Nature’s Basket Ketchup at the condiments aisle. But right now, you may see those at the Summer Grilling displays at your local Giant Eagle too, as seen in the middle of the photo below.


It was perfect timing because Giant Eagle had a promo going on with the Pepperidge Farm buns when I went. After I got my buns, I grabbed some Kraft Natural Slices. I went with a hot habanero flavor to give our burgers a kick!


Drinks, Desserts, Sides and More

Once you’ve got your main dish (or dishes) down, it’s time to get the appetizers or sides, desserts and drinks. For a really quick and easy fix, I got some Ruffles chips to go with the hotdogs and burgers. And for dessert, who can say no to ice cream? I got our favorite Breyers coffee ice cream, of course!


As for the drinks, Giant Eagle has a ton of selection. So you can pick a variety of drinks to serve at your summer grilling party – be it soda, teas, sparkling and more. This time, I went with the Lipton Ready to Drink Tea in Diet Peach for a full-on summer theme!


Aside from the food and drinks, you can also find kerosene and other grilling accessories at Giant Eagle. If you’re also in need of disposable plates, napkins, spoons and forks, or cups, you can also grab those there. Giant Eagle is like the go-to grilling headquarters. So you don’t really have to go somewhere else and make multiple stops to get all your summer grilling needs.

Saucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe

Saucy BBQ Hotdog RecipeSaucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe Step by Step

Saucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe
Recipe type: Cocktail Food
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Serves: 4
A delicious and saucy twist to grilled hotdogs, perfect for eating on its own or on a bun.
  • 1 pack (8 pieces) of Oscar Mayer hotdogs of your choice
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ of an onion, chopped
  • ½ of a bottle of Heinz BBQ sauce, flavor of your choice
  • ¾ cup water
  • dash of soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp of sugar (optional, to add sweetness)
  1. Grill all the hotdogs. If grill is full with other meats, don't worry, you can fry them too. Once cooked, let cool a bit before cutting each hotdog into smaller pieces. 3 slices per hotdog is fine.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, pour cooking oil and then sauté minced garlic until golden brown.
  3. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
  4. Next, pour half a bottle of the BBQ sauce.
  5. Add ¾ cup of water to thin the sauce.
  6. Add a dash of soy sauce to add flavor and darken the sauce.
  7. Add the hotdogs to the sauce to let all the saucy goodness be absorbed.
  8. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, then serve!


Saucy BBQ Hotdog Recipe

That’s it. Wasn’t that quick and easy? Stick some toothpicks to the hotdogs for a delicious cocktail food outdoors, but it’s as delicious in a hotdog bun too!

Saucy BBQ Hotdog on a Bun

So, are you ready to plan your next summer grilling party? What other food, drink or grill items you’d add to this list? Do share, so we can try it out next time. And if you want more ideas for your next grill session, come check out Giant Eagle’s Summer of Grilling hub for inspiration.

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