Aussie Dogs for Australia Day

Aussie Dogs for Australia Day

The mercury is rising and the only cool spot at the moment is in the water, a sure sign that Australia Day is on the way!

Hot Dogs for Australia Day

Hot Dogs for Australia Day

Australia Day means sunburn, thongs, beach, minor heat stroke, barbequing every type of meat known to man and of course a crisp white wine while the boys talk cricket with an icy cold beer. On this day of celebration everyone’s best friend is their local butcher, and if the boys were in charge there wouldn’t be a salad item in sight.

Australia Day Hot Dogs

Australia Day Hot Dogs

This year I have decided to give the BBQ a miss and prepare some platters of finger food for our gathering. Keeping with the tradition of “meat on meat” I have made some “Aussie Dogs” which feature the very Australian cocktail “franky” with a thick rasher of bacon and some Parmesan cheese.  You can choose any of your favourite hotdog toppings as long as it’s served in an Australia Day paper napkin.

Aussie Hotdogs

Aussie Hotdogs

Aussie Dogs for Australia Day
Recipe Type: BBQ
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 12
More a presentation idea than a recipe, but still a very delicious way to celebrate Australia Day!
  • 12 mini hotdog rolls
  • 12 cocktail frankfurters
  • 6 rashers of thick cut bacon
  • 1/4 cup smoky BBQ Marinade
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  1. Marinade the bacon in the smoky BBQ sauce for 1-3 hours. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. Boil the cocktail frankfurters for 5 minutes.
  3. Split the hotdog rolls in the middle and add the cheese and a squirt of tomato sauce to the roll.
  4. Fry the marinaded bacon until cooked.
  5. Place a rasher of bacon into the roll and top with a cocktail frankfurter and another squeeze of tomato sauce if desired.

These mini hotdogs make a great finger food to bring to a party or picnic.  They are to big enough for a child to eat as a meal but small enough that an adult can continue to graze on other Australia Day food.

Aussie Dog Platter for Australia Day

Aussie Dog Platter

What are your plans this Australia Day!

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  1. What a great idea Julie! And you’re right, the temperature definitely rises the closer we get to Australia Day! 😮

  2. So funny Julie, hubby just got back from the shops with exactly these ingredients, but gluten free! It’s 40* again today, so definitely too hot for a bbq even if there wasn’t a total fire ban 🙂

  3. Happy Australia Day!

  4. What a great idea for Australia Day. 🙂 I’m excited to work on my own menu to celebrate (and am so glad that you reminded me it’s coming!!!)

  5. I’m going to a big Australia Day bbq but we won’t have anything that looks this good, I’m sure. 🙂 I should bring them.

  6. We are having unusually warm weather in California this time of year, but I’ve been reading/watching on the news that Australia has been too! I could go for a bbq this time of the year – now I’ve got hot dogs on my mind! 🙂

  7. What a GREAT picnic idea Julie one that I’ll definitely keep in mind for my next picnic party. Sounds like so much fun to share and easy to whip up too. Now, to go hunting for that Aussie flag serviettes too haha

  8. Having a good giggle reading this post. Thongs are worn under skirts in SA 😉 enjoy your Aussie day 🙂

  9. Wow, how quickly has that time come around! Love this idea, Julie! : )

  10. I should eat these on Aussie Day just to enjoy the celebration, although form a long way away! These look wonderful – terrific idea. Thanks.

  11. Aww everyone loves a hotdog! And bacon makes everything better!

  12. Hi,
    Can I please ask where you got the mini hot dog rolls? I can only find the “bake at home” mini rolls and they are not quite a hot dog roll.

    • Hi Mel
      The rolls were sold in a 12 pack in the bakery section of Woolworths, they were nice and soft too, very similar to regular hot dog rolls. I hope you enjoy the recipe and your Australia Day.

  13. I’ve never had Aussie hot dog before! It’s interesting bacon and bbq sauce is included! Looks yum!

  14. A hot dog, bacon and cheese on a bun!…Are you sure this isn’t an American concoction? Tee hee.

    Love your description of the day…Happy Holiday =)

  15. I love the idea of marinating the bacon in BBQ sauce before cooking it – I’ll be giving that a try as soon as possible. Nothing like a great hot dog!

  16. Butcher is definitely the best friend, this looks so cute! Great Aussie dogs 😀


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