Hot Dog Pineapple Kabobs make the perfect sweet and salty colorful pair! Fire-up your grill for a kid-friendly dish that’s both tasty and fun to eat.
Excuse me for a moment while I take a second to share a little bit of Mom and registered dietitian-guilt. My kids eat hog dogs. It’s their favorite source of animal protein. And I’m fairly certain they’d eat them everyday if I let them. But since I’m in this honest season of life as a result of being pregnant, and hot and poofy, I really don’t mind sharing my kitchen secret. In fact, I’m finding fun and healthy ways to serve up my boys’ favorite, just like with these hot dog pineapple kabobs!
I didn’t grow up a hot dog fanatic. I was always the burger-kid! Until one day in high school I was at a Detroit Tigers baseball game with my Dad and I took a bite of his hot dog. From then on out, I was sold! Fast forward 15 years and now I’m grilling or sautéing them [with baseball on in the background] for my guys. And while many might stay away this so called “mystery meat” for it’s very nickname, I’m not. And here’s why:
- I’ve found a brand of hot dogs that I routinely buy because I not only love the taste, I love what they are made of: Simple Truth Uncured Beef Hot Dogs.
- The hot dogs are seasoned with just the right amount of salt, paprika and garlic, without added preservatives, fillers, or MSG.
- Simple Truth Uncured Beef Hot Dogs are some of the lowest in sodium I’ve found at the grocery store—- 260mg per hot dog.
- Did I mention my kids gobble these down? Oh and guess what. Mom and Dad do too! And for a great price that keeps me adding them to the grocery cart week after week!
Now that I’ve got off my pro-hot dog soap box, let me get back to these hot dog pineapple kabobs. The key to evenly grilling these kabobs is to cut the pineapple and hot dogs [or any sausage you choose to eat] similar in size. It makes it easier to grill them more evenly. I also added a piece of cubed cheese at the end of the kabob stick after they were done grilling for a little extra flavor and nutrition. I deconstructed the kabobs for my toddlers before serving with a little BBQ sauce, but if you’re kids aren’t going to poke their eyes out with kabob sticks, then I’d say keep them intact!
- 4 Simple Truth Uncured Beef Hot Dogs
- 16 pineapple chunks
- 8 cheddar cheese cubes
- 4 skewers
- Optional: BBQ sauce or ketchup for dipping
- Skewer hot dog pieces and pineapple chunks alternately onto 4 skewers.
- Spray grill pan or grill with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat.
- Add skewers and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, and cook another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Once cool enough to handle, pull the food off the grill and add cheese to each end of the skewer.
- Eat with your favorite hot dog dipping sauce!
I’d love to hear what’s hitting your grill this Memorial Day weekend! If you’re hot dog fans like the Serbinski crew, how do you take your “dog”?! Give your summer BBQ a kid-friendly feel with these hot dog pineapple kabobs! Click To Tweet
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