Carolina Dogs

Capt. Milo
Capt. Milo
It was only appropriate to serve Carolina Dogs at Winston’s Hot Dog Party complete with chili and coleslaw. My mom had the great idea of using the chilidog recipe from the Varsity in Atlanta. I know, I know, the Varsity isnt exactly the Carolinas but they sure know how to make a chilidog. I was born in Atlanta and grew up eating hotdogs and chocolate milk over ice (they call them a P.C.). I actually think my mom’s only speeding ticket was received while rushing to the Varsity for a hotdog while pregnant with me! This chili was a great addition to the normal hotdog. I also made coleslaw out of the bag to keep it easy.
Varsity Drive-In Chili (adapted from Thats My Home). Makes enough for about 25 Carolina Dogs.
  • 4 garlic cloves, mince
  • 1 small onion, chop fine
  • 2 tablespoons  oil
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 can tomato sauce

Assembly: In a large heavy skillet cook garlic and onion in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up any lumps with a fork, until cooked through. Add remaining ingredients, adding just enough juice to create a very loose but not soupy mixture. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Make the day before if you need to and just put the pot on the grill to keep warm while you serve the hot dogs!


  1. The story about the speeding ticket is correct. I will say that there was a speed trap set up in the neighborhood and I was only going 35 in a 25 zone.

  2. i am sitting in my 4:35 – 6:35 pm class and made a huge mistake by looking at your blog. now my stomach is growling. i want me a carolina dog!

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