Apple-Slaw Bacon-Sausage Dogs

Hot dogs wrapped in sage pork sausage and bacon topped with apple slaw.

This recipe for Apple-Slaw Bacon-Sausage Dogs is a gourmet twist on the classic hot dog, elevating it with a blend of rich flavors and textures. It starts by wrapping all-beef jumbo Nathan’s hot dogs with a layer of sage pork sausage and then encasing them further with thick-cut bacon. These meaty creations are then grilled or baked until the bacon reaches crispy perfection and the sausage is fully cooked through. The dish is completed with a unique apple slaw, a combination of shredded Pink Lady apple and purple cabbage, tossed with light brown sugar, mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, and salt for a sweet and tangy crunch. Served on hot dog buns and topped generously with the apple slaw, this recipe promises a delightful mix of savory meats with the fresh, crispness of the slaw, offering an upgraded and indulgent take on the traditional hot dog.



Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


  • 4 all-beef jumbo Nathan’s hot dogs
  • 1/2 pound Jimmy Dean sage pork sausage
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 Pink Lady red apple
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Prepare Apple Slaw:

  • Peel and shred the apple using a large-holed grater, working around the core.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine shredded apple and cabbage.
  • Add brown sugar, mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, and salt to the bowl. Mix thoroughly until the slaw is well-coated, then set aside to allow flavors to meld.

Prepare Hot Dogs:

  • Divide the sage pork sausage into four equal portions.
  • Wrap each hot dog evenly with a portion of sausage.
  • Next, wrap each sausage-covered hot dog with a slice of thick-cut bacon.

Cooking Process:

  • Grill or bake the wrapped hot dogs for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the sausage is fully cooked.

Assemble & Serve:

  • Place each cooked bacon-sausage dog into a hot dog bun.
  • Generously top with the prepared apple slaw.
  • Serve immediately while hot.

Serving Tips:

  • These Apple-Slaw Covered Bacon-Sausage Dogs are a tasty treat on their own, but you could also serve them with a side of baked beans, chips, or a light salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Tip:

  • Keep an eye on the bacon while cooking; adjust heat as needed to ensure it crisps up without burning.

Peel the apple and shred with a large cut shredder flipping the 4 sides to work toward the core.

Shred the red cabbage and add the brown sugar, mayo, honey, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Stir well.

Measure 1/2 pound sage pork sausage into four equal parts.

Wrap the hot dogs in the sausage.

Wrap the hot dogs with 1 slice of bacon each.

Grill or bake 15-20 minutes until bacon is crisp.

Top the hot dogs with the apple slaw in the buns.