Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist

May 12, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

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Looking to take your hot dogs to the next level?  These Carolina Slaw Dogs will knock your socks off with the crispy maple, flavor of bacon and the homemade, sweetness of the slaw.

Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist

Looking to take your hot dogs to the next level These Carolina Slaw Dogs will knock your socks off with the crispy maple flavor of bacon.

We will officially have lived in North Carolina one year June 1st.  It has all gone by so fast.  I know the expression, “In the blink of an eye” seems silly, but it definitely feels that way.   When we moved in last June one of the first things Joe made sure to purchase was a new charcoal grill.  We didn’t even have a couch yet, but he had his grill.  He had wanted a charcoal grill for years because he swore that it made the food taste better.  Who was I to argue?  I have a little secret to share with you about the taste of the food now that we do have a charcoal grill.  It does taste better {whisper voice}.  You can read all about my must have grilling tools so you can get started with one as well.  Our go-to charcoal is Kingsford because it is made with natural ingredients and real wood, which gives it that smoky flavor every time.  If you follow along with our antics on SnapChat {MelroseFamily}, you know that I recently learned how to use this chimney to warm the coals to maximum cooking potential.  It’s a must have!Carolina Slaw Dogs with Kingsford

Can you just smell that smoky flavor of bacon cooking?  It was amazing!  We actually cooked these after lunch so that we could have them for a late dinner on Tuesday.  Both of our girls have swim lessons on Tuesdays so in order to streamline dinner that night we cooked up these Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist and stored them in Glad Matchware, which you can grab at Walmart when you pick up your Kingsford Charcoal.   At this point, if you’re not from North Carolina you might be wondering what a traditional Carolina Dog is considering I stated that this has a twist.  We found out last Summer when we attended a minor league baseball game in Charlotte that a Carolina Dog is traditionally a hot dog with chili and slaw on top.  We stuck with the slaw, but switched out our dog with chili for a brat wrapped in bacon.  An amazing twist!

Carolina Slaw Dogs and Glad

I made the slaw in advance and stored it in the refrigerator in Glad Matchware.  I love using Matchware because the different colors making it easier to fish out of the refrigerator.  We had my Best EVER Potato Salad as a side as well, which I simply prepped in a Matchware container.   You know I’m all about keeping is quick and simple.

Carolina Slaw Dogs with Brats wrapped in Bacon

I have two tips to make the brats wrapped in bacon easier to cook to perfection.  The first is to be sure to secure the bacon to the brat with a toothpick so that it doesn’t unravel when you go to turn it on the grill.  The second is to set your grill up for indirect grilling.  In other words, place your charcoal on one half of the grill so that if you get a flare up you can move it to the side where there isn’t any charcoal to let it die down.  You want your bacon crispy, but not burnt so you need to stay on top of the grill.

Carolina Slaw Dogs with Brats

I promise you that if you’re looking to make your house the place to barbecue this summer then you’re going to want to make these.  They are just that good.  The first bite will have them.  I promise!

Carolina Slaw Dogs with Bacon wrapped Brats

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Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 6 brats
  • 12 strips maple glazed bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 hot dog rolls


  1. Wrap two slice of bacon around each brat and secure the bacon with a toothpick.

  2. Cook the bacon wrapped brats on a hot charcoal grill for 20 - 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the slaw by combining the cabbages, carrots and onion.

  4. Add in the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and oil and mix well.

    Refrigerate the slaw while the brats continue to cook.

  5. Once the brats are done, place each one in a hot dog roll and cover with slaw.

Be sure to visit your local Walmart of all you barbecue needs from Kingsford Charcoal to Glad Matchware, they have what you need to have the perfect barbecue.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kingsford Charcoal and Glad . The opinions and text are all mine.




  • Brittany

    Yeah. So, we moved to South Carolina two years ago and I have HEARD of Carolina dogs, but never had them. OH MY GOSH! I am totally drooling over here! They look amazing and I can’t wait to try your ‘twist’. We have recently become obsessed with putting slaw on everything with a bun, so my family will be thrilled when this makes an appearance! Thanks for the summer menu idea! Can’t wait to make them!

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