Sloppy Slaw Dogs are simple to make and perfect for a crowd. Classic Hotdogs topped with zesty Sloppy Joe, creamy Cole slaw and finished off with yellow mustard!
It's Mid June. Which means that Father's Day is THIS. WEEKEND.
I cannot even deal. Where is the Summer going????
Father's Day is a pretty big deal around our house. Between Joe and I we have 3 Dads to celebrate AND in addition ... there's Joe! Celebrating obviously means eating All. The. Things. Annnnnd in order for the Father's to do all the eating, well... I gotta do All. The. Cooking (with a little help from my sis of course).
Today I am sharing with you the menu for our second Father's Day celebration of the weekend which is the one that I am actually hosting. I wanted to make something "manly" (I'm looking at you grill), BUT that could be made ahead so I can spend time enjoying family instead of hanging out solo in the kitchen. In case you hadn't heard... make ahead is kinda my thing. I also wanted something kid-friendly (we have 6 attending).
These Sloppy Slaw Dogs (Sloppy Joe + Cole Slaw + Hot Dog) fit the bill perfectly. Super simple hot dogs get swankified (<-- It's a thing) into a company worthy meal made of components that can all be made in advance. It should be noticed I'm planning on the kid enjoying the dogs sans everything but ketchup. Super simple, kid-friendly, and make-ahead... I'm calling it a WIN!
So here's the plan of attack.. Saturday afternoon (1 day before party time) I will whip up the Cole Slaw and Sloppy Joe. And as for sides, well... we're going basic. Potato chips and watermelon which I will slice/pour into a bowl right before we eat.
The day of the party I will just heat the Sloppy Joe on the stove, throw the dogs on the grill and warm the bread in the oven. Seriously, cooking for a crowd has never been easier.
Full disclosure.. there will also be a desert and potato salad of some sort, BUT my sis is handling those items, soooooo... they don't count! That said, I may or may not have recommended THIS GRILLED POTATO SALAD and HEALTHY FUDGE POPSICLES!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: Several things can be done ahead of time to make whipping up these Sloppy Slaw Dogs take no time at all! The Cole Slaw and/or the sloppy Joe can be prepped ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Make Ahead: Yep. These hotdogs are great reheated. I don't assemble them ahead of time because the buns get soggy, but you can definitely let all the separate components hang out in the fridge ready to go!
Freezer: The Cole Slaw is a no go for the freezer, but you could definitely freeze any left-over Sloppy Joe. To freeze, place Sloppy Joe in a freezer safe bag and remove all the air. Place in freezer for up to 2 months.
- 12 hotdogs
- 3 loaves of crusty French or Italian Bread (for buns)
- Yellow Mustard
For Slaw: (skip if using store-bought)
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbs white vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoon honey
- ½ tsp celery seed
- ½ tsp salt
- 16 oz. raw cole slaw bagged mix
- ¼ cup green onions
For Sloppy Joe:
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 2 small red peppers, diced
- 1 lb of ground beef (organic and grass-fed recommended)
- 1 TBS homemade steak seasoning
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1 TBS red wine vinegar
- 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 TBS of tomato paste
- Warm grill to medium heat. Grill hotdogs for 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through, turning occasionally. When hot dogs are done on the grill, remove all at once to avoid overcooking.
- While hotdogs are cooking, heat oven to 350 degrees and allow crusty bread to warm through. I cooked mine about 8 minutes. Set aside.
For Cole Slaw:
- Stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, celery seeds, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add Cole slaw mix and green onions; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill before serving.
For Sloppy Joe:
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and red pepper to the pan. Cook until veggies are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add ground beef, steak seasoning, and honey to the pan and combine.
- When the meat has browned, add vinegar, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook mixture 15-20 minutes, or until desired consistency.
- Slice each piece of crust bread into 3 equal sections (about the size of a hot dog), slice each section horizontally so that the bread is shaped like a hot dog bun.
- Top each section of bread with a scoop of Sloppy Joe followed by a grilled hot dog. Top with Cole Slaw and yellow mustard.
- To save time you can purchase your Cole Slaw from the deli section of your grocery store. Just make sure to check that the ingredients are easily recognizable!
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