Anybody can grill a hot dog, slap it on a bun and dump on the usual ketchup and mustard.
So how about going a bit beyond the ordinary this July Fourth?
Rather than your basic dog, up the ante by grilling up bratwurst sausages or peppery kielbasas. They are bigger, meatier and way more flavorful.
For toppings, we went decidely German, filling our buns with sauerkraut, cheese and sautéed apple.
Bratwurst grinders with apple, cheddar and sauerkraut
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 teaspoon sugar