Charcoal Dirty Dogs, Chicago Style

Backyard Hero

Get ready to elevate your grilling game with our Chicago Charcoal Dirty Dogs, a scrumptious twist on the classic hot dog. Prepared on the trusty Akorn Jr. grill, fired up with lump charcoal, these flavorful dogs are about to become your go-to for backyard BBQ's!

Grilled Goodness on an Akorn Jr.

The Akorn Jr. grill is an excellent choice for this recipe because of its high heat capacity, even heat distribution, and the ability to impart a smoky flavor using lump charcoal. Its compact size and portability also make it convenient for outdoor cooking, whether you're grilling hot dogs in your backyard or at a picnic or tailgate event.

Chicago Dirty Dogs, also known simply as "Dirty Dogs," are a delectable and indulgent street food delicacy that has become synonymous with the Windy City's vibrant culinary scene. According to, Dirty Dogs originated during the Great Depression as the perfect cheap and quick meal for working people.
These mouthwatering creations start with a high-quality, all-beef hot dog, which is then grilled to perfection, imparting a satisfying smokiness. What truly sets Chicago Dirty Dogs apart, however, are the generous toppings. From a hearty drizzle of yellow mustard to a classic sprinkling of diced onions and vibrant green relish, these dogs are often crowned with pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.

Charcoal Dirty Dogs, Chicago Style

Cook Time:
0 - 30 min


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  • Main

Use your AKORN Jr. grill and lump charcoal to cook up these tasty dirty dogs. Drag 'em up and down the garden!


  1. 01

    Fire up the AKORN Jr. grill with lump charcoal to 400°F

  2. 02

    Place the hot dogs over direct heat for a few minutes. Roll them around to cook all sides. Remove from grill.



    • 1 pack Hot dogs
  4. 03

    Toast poppy seed buns for a few seconds on each side



    • 1 pack Buns
  6. 04

    Place the Charcoal Dogs in the toasted buns

  7. 05

    Top the Charcoal Dogs with: mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, pickles, celery salt.



    • Mustard, to taste
    • Relish, to taste
    • Onions, diced, to taste
    • Tomatoes, diced, to taste
    • Sport peppers, whole, to taste
    • Pickles, whole, to taste
    • Celery salt, to taste
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