Thanksgiving has turkey, Easter has ham and November 10th is for "Devil Dogs." Growing up in a family filled with military veterans, the Marine Corps Birthday has always been a holiday. With any holiday family gathering, comes a holiday meal. Since my dad returned from Vietnam, he has had a tradition of cooking up "Devil Dogs."

I'm not talking about the cream filled chocolate cake treats. I'm talking something as all american as the Marine Corps. Bacon wrapped hotdogs with peppers.

If you are looking to celebrate the birth of our beloved Corps, than try a "Devil Dog."

What you need:

*4 hot dogs

*4 slices of thick cut bacon

*1 cup sliced onion

*1 cup red bell pepper

*1 jalapeno (seeded and sliced into strips)

Buns and yellow mustard

What to do:

Carefully break 4 toothpicks in half. Wrap each hot dog in a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick half at each end. Set aside.
Bring a large skillet or grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove.
Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the skillet/pan and set aside.
Remove the skillet/pan from heat, re-spray, and bring to medium heat. Add bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cook until bacon is crisp and fully cooked and hot dogs are heated through, about 6 minutes, rotating the hot dogs several times to evenly cook the bacon. Set aside.
Evenly spread mayo inside the buns. Remove toothpicks from the hot dogs and place a bacon-wrapped dog in each bun. Top each dog with a teaspoon of mustard.
Evenly distribute veggie mixture among the dogs. Oooo Raah!


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