row of grilled carrots and two vegan hot dogs with slaw and gluten-free buns topped with secret coleslaw made with crunchy fresh fennel

Our Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs with Crazy-Good Slaw start with carrots soaked in an easy gluten-free marinade topped with a super-simple secret coleslaw – taste BETTER than regular hot dogs!

If we could say this one thing right out of the gate, give yourself and your friend and family the gift of trying this recipe – there’s nothing like it!

A Special Hello to New Plant-Based Vegans

If you’re new to eating plant-based vegan, welcome to one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! Given that you are in the stages of beginning to think differently about what you consider as food, you might relate to this next part, particularly well. 

Oh, and we want to be sure to extend a warm welcome to all of you who are also trying to avoid gluten. Eating plant-based vegan and gluten-free is the diet we try to follow as well, so, we’re glad to have you here.

By the way, sometimes, it feels like only yesterday that my family and I started on our veggie-loving path. It’s been more than a handful of years now, and wow, has the time ever flown. It’s true what they say; time flies when you’re having fun!

Anyhow, a few years back, when we first started following a veggie-loving lifestyle, I recall scampering through grocery stores looking for anything and everything labeled vegan. 

Now, as I look back, I wonder what we were thinking. Before going vegan, I’d always loved to cook. My family and I had rarely depended on pre-cooked or packaged type meals.

But I’m thankful for those early days of discovering the massive variety of foods available to those wishing to avoid eating meat and dairy! There are plenty of options for vegans out there, folks – lots of them. And like everything packaged, some products are healthier than others. My family and I especially appreciate one or two brands like Enjoy Life, Kite Hill, and Amy’s, all of which offer convenience foods that have helped us out multiple times.

So why all of this reminiscing about packaged vegan foods? Well, we’ve got a challenge for you!

Plant-Based Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs vs. Processed Vegan Hot Dogs

Without even touching the subject of taste, in this section, we’re going to show you where the carrot dog or carrot hot dog outshines both packaged vegan hot dogs and conventionally hot dogs.  

Nutritionally speaking, there’s no competing with the Vegan Carrot Hot Dog. 

Here are only a few of the nutritional benefits of carrots. We won’t bore you with transferring info from the label of traditional or vegan hot dogs because it isn’t necessary. There’s no nutritional contest between plant-based oil-free vegan carrot dogs and processed hot dogs of any type.

one vegan carrot hot dog with slaw piled high on a soft bun with lots of red onion

The Cotton-Tail-Thumping Nutritional Benefits of Carrots

According to this article from Web MD, those cartoon bunny rabbits have good reasons for hunting down gloriously bright and enticing carrots. We encourage you to read the entire informative article to learn more about the following nutritional benefits of eating carrots.

  • Carrots help your eyes.
  • They can lower your risk of cancer.
  • And carrots help your heart.
  • Carrots boost your immune system.
  • And carrots can help you with constipation.

Carrot Dogs are the Most Natural Low-Fat Low-Cal Veggie Dogs, Ever!

At the bottom of every recipe we provide a chart with Nutritional Information. If you aren’t into fat, calories, nutrients, and such, we urge you to get into those details. Even us plant-eating vegan have to be aware that we are what we eat. If the plant-based foods you eat are higher in fat and sugar than anything else, guess what?

I know. It may be politically incorrect to say anything other than that every shape and body type is cool. And all of that sounds nice and accepting of everyone and all of that good stuff. But we believe that by sharing recipes, we have a responsibility to share what we learn through nutritional sciences. And nutritionally, for our wellness, we all need to watch the kind of fat and the amount of fat that we eat each day.

So slip down to the bottom of this lean recipe for vegan carrot dogs topped with our secret coleslaw and take a look at the low-fat low-cal nature of these tasty cookout faves. These delicious vegan carrot hot dogs with crazy-good slaw is a memorable dish for more reasons than one. We bet you’ll be crazy-thrilled by what you read.

To Peel or Not to Peel the Carrots for Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs; That is the Question!

To peel or not to peel is a question that came up while testing out gluten-free marinades for this recipe. What we conclude is that peeling is entirely up to the eyes of the beholder. We’d been concerned that if we skipped peeling the carrots, we’d perhaps limit the saturation capabilities of the marinade. As it turns out, that was pretty much a non-issue.

But when you peel your carrots, you do lose some of the surface texture and lines that we found rather interesting. The peeling practically looks like traditional hot dog casing when left in place.

If you decide to leave the peeling on the carrot, be sure to wash and scrub them thoroughly.  

On a personal note, on occasions when we cannot find organic carrots, we wash them and then peel them, no questions asked. When we are preparing organic carrots, we almost always clean them but leave the peeling intact.

If you are in the market for a wonderfully easy to hold and use, vegetable peeler, we use this one and love it! It’s specially designed to work on super thin skinned fruits and veggies such as tomatoes – it’s a well made, handy, kind of a tool.

How About An Easy Marinade to Make Carrots Taste Like Hot Dogs?

After only a few months of enjoying a plant-based vegan lifestyle, we found this one thing to be true – it’s nearly always about the sauce! That’s most certainly the case with this easy marinade and the secret coleslaw gets its flavor from the dressing in the crazy-good slaw recipe, too!

Sauces, seasonings, and marinades are the flavor masters, meaning, it is they that hold the keys of all cooking. Plant-based food is no exception other than rather than covering up the food we’re seasoning; it’s more of a celebration! 

Now that makes our hearts go pitter-patter much like that bunny tail we mention above – how about you?

Let’s get into talking about what you need to make an incredibly easy marinade that’s not only refined oil-free, but gluten-free, too.  

If you happen to follow a gluten-free diet – that’s excellent news to you. So many packaged sauces and seasoning have gluten in them as thickeners and such. 

The other surprising little fact about this marinade besides that it’s gluten and oil-free is that it taste like hot dogs. I kid you not – this marinade holds hotdog magic. It smells like hotdogs, (in this case, that’s a good thing) and it makes carrots, c a r r o t s taste like traditional hot dogs rather than carrots on a bun! It’s nuts!

We tried a whole bunch of combos, and this one, right here, no matter what any other recipe might suggest, is the tastiest! Better still, it is so tweakable! If you like things a little hotter, add a bit more pepper. Is tartness your thing? If you like something a bit tangier, amp up the Dijon mustard.

The first time you make it, though, taste as you go and follow the recipes as closely as possible. When you do, you will find yourself in vegan hot dog heaven!

So what you will need for the marinade are ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or fridge. And don’t get worried about the number of components as this saucy little number comes together in minutes.

How to Make Our Easy Carrot Dog Marinade

To make the most excellent and easy hot dog marinade you’re ever tasted, combine the following ingredients in a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender mixing cup and blend until smooth. (Precise measurements provided in the recipe below.)

Easy Marinade Ingredients:

tamari sauce or soy sauce or liquid aminos

apple cider vinegar 

vegetable broth or water

tahini  – It makes all the difference!

pure maple syrup or another sweetener

liquid smoke

Dijon mustard or another prepared mustard

onion powder

garlic cloves or garlic powder

brine from your favorite pickled pepper, or pickle juice or more vinegar

mixing bowl full of crazy-good slaw with fork and cutting board of shredded cabbage and cucumber slices

How to Make Crazy-Good Slaw (Secret Coleslaw) for Your Slaw Dogs

First, if all, if you happen to have a crazy-good slaw or prized secret coleslaw recipe that you adore, by all means, make a batch to top off your grilled carrot dogs. But if you want to try the best ever secret coleslaw, or crazy-good slaw, as we like to call it,  that will knock you veggie carrot dogs out of the ballpark, then do try our crazy-good secret coleslaw recipe! 

By the way, if you’re familiar with our recipes, you may notice a common theme when it comes to ingredients.  Maybe one day we’ll do a contest and ask a few questions about which ingredients we’d choose for this or that – some of you would guess correctly without breaking a sweat!

In the meantime, we found this simple test to judge your nutritional knowledge of a few common ingredients. Take this fun little “What’s Healthier?” quiz by Nutritionfacts.org to find out why we use red onion over white or yellow whenever possible. Whoops, spoiler alert!

Here’s a list of ingredients for you to gather. Once you read it through, you’ll know the crazy-good secret ingredient in our secret coleslaw. That’s cool. If you haven’t noticed, we are kind of in the practice of sharing what works – it’s what we do to help you enjoy plant-based living to the fullest! (Exact measurements for our secret coleslaw provided in the complete recipe below.)

clear bowl showing ingredients for secret coleslaw recipe with fennel fronds on top

(Secret) Crazy-Good Coleslaw Ingredients:

green cabbage
red onion
organic unrefined coconut sugar or another sweetener
apple cider vinegar
the juice of one lemon
crushed fennel seeds
pink Himalayan salt, or another salt to taste
fresh cilantro leaves
an optional fennel slices and a few fronds for garnish

To make our crazy-good slaw, we pour hot water over the prepped cabbage, drain, and then rinse again with cold water. You don’t have to do this step, but it adds a tiny bit of tenderness and moisture.

Then we combine the rest of the ingredients and taste, taste, taste before stirring the cabbage into it along with the remaining ingredients. The longer your crazy-good slaw sits, the more the cabbage and other veggies absorb flavor from the dressing.

See, so once again, the real flavor is all about the dressing, seasoning, marinade, or sauce.

By the way, in case you are wondering where we find our gluten-free, organic buns, we get our bread at DeLand Bakery.  They offer online ordering – woot, woot!

grilled vegan carrot hot dogs soaked in an easy whole food plant based marinade with grill marks

How to Cook Carrot Dogs on the Grill for Tailgating, Picnics, and Cookouts!

Whether you are cooking up a batch of vegan carrot hot dogs on the backyard grill, game-day tailgating, taking some along to share at a picnic or cookout, these babies are crowd-pleasers. Lucky for you, this marinade recipe makes plenty to share! You could easily marinade a few dozen or so carrots at a time, providing you have a pot that’s big enough to hold a bunch.

As you’ll see in the recipe that follows, we provide instructions for marinading stovetop blanched carrots for hours in the fridge.

We also give instructions for preparing your carrots for grilling by partially cooking them in an Instant Pot directly in the easy gluten-free marinade.

Whichever method you try, as long as you get the marinade tasting just like you like it, you better get ready for some ballpark worthy, home run kinds of a hotdogs! And speaking of home runs, have you ever had a crazy-good slaw dog at Casey’s Corner?

Casey’s Corner in Disney’s Magic Kingdom has Vegan Slaw Dogs

Casey’s Corner is an iconic quick stop dining experience in Disney’s Magic Kingdom featuring favorite baseball park food favorites and beverages. And guess what? Now Casey’s Corner offers a vegan hot dog option complete with a slaw dog topping if you like! No, it’s not exactly the same as our crazy-good slaw (aka secret coleslaw) – but Casey’s reputation is pretty darn good!

The vegan hot dog at Casey’s Corner uses a plant-based processed meat alternative made by the company,  Beyond Meat. They’re a delicious vegan option when you’re visiting the parks, and they’re becoming more popular by the day.

By the way, word has it that Disney is currently incorporating plant-based alternatives in every venue menu. And many of the various restaurants in the parks and resorts are also including plant-based menu options.

Inspiration for this Dish: Slaw Dogs at “The Varsity” in Atlanta

The Varsity, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is where we first tasted a slaw dog. Mind you, our first slaw dog experience was back in the days before we were following a plant-based lifestyle. Still, it was their slaw dog all of those years ago that inspired our authentic tasting veggie dog version.

And most importantly, the lite seasoning of the slaw at The Varsity , inspired the flavors we wanted in our secret coleslaw. On that secret coleslaw note, I want to take a second and share why The Varsity is a wildly fun place to visit, vegan or not.

Eating at The Varsity was quite a memorable experience. It’s a retro outfitted walk-up order type of diner, but that’s not that uncommon. Where it differentiates itself is when it comes to ordering.

To place your order, you walk up to a counter where you yell your order. That’s right, you pretty much bark your order, and you need to be quick about it as there’s no patience for indecision either. It’s loud. It’s a riot.

If there were a vegan dining option at The Varsity, we’d stop back by for old times’ sake, but so far, there’s not. If you are vegan at The Varsity, you’ll be happy to know that they do have onion rings, fries, and of course, a humble side salad.

But aside from lack of veggie-loving options at The Varsity, Atlanta is still one of our favorite destinations for a getaway filled with vegan dining options. Atlanta has everything from juice bars and ice creameries with gluten-free and dairy-free delights to casual restaurants and full-on fancy, time to be impressed, plant-based dining.

All in all, Atlanta is a pretty cool city that offers fantastic museums, a gorgeous arboretum, hiking trails, excellent concert venues, and of course, incredibly delicious vegan food around every bend. Check it out when you have the chance.

multiple plant-based hot dogs with slaw on a green plate and white paper wrappers in gluten-free vegan buns topped with secret coleslaw

Carrot Hot Dogs with Crazy-Good Slaw Taste Great with All Sorts of Tasty Sides

Lately, we’ve been adding in a few recipes to each new recipe post. We think you will enjoy the following recipes alongside or drizzled across a grilled carrot hot dog with slaw.

Often the dishes we gather are ones that we have ready to go here on VEEG. Other times we bring in recipes from incredibly talented fellow bloggers and chefs to keep what we are offering you as fresh, exciting, and as helpful as possible!

So, in addition to providing our new recipe for Vegan Hot Dogs with Slaw (our Secret Coleslaw) – but we’re also inviting more talented bloggers to the cookout!

So below we’ve gathered sides, toppings, and condiments that are perfect to pair with your first batch of vegan carrot hot dogs with slaw, also known as slaw dogs. Even with carrot dogs topped with crazy-good slaw, a few delicious extras on the side never hurt!

And by the way, the recipes we share from other bloggers are either already plant-based vegan , oil-free, and gluten-free or can be made so with simple adjustments.

Ketchup, Mustard and BBQ Sauce to top Grilled Vegan Carrot Dogs:

Homemade Ketchup means you never need to buy bottled again, and it’s not only easy but healthy too. It’s sugar-free and gluten-free, made with pure ingredients and spices. Plus, it’s the perfect dip for those fries or a classic condiment for all your flavor needs!

Maple Mustard Dressing, Dip, or Sauce is a perfect topping for a grilled carrot dog or a veggie burger. Try it with roasted potatoes, too – it has fantastic flavor, and it’s so simple to make it’s ridiculous!

Homemade BBQ Sauce is sweet and tangy; first, you taste the sweet, then the tangy hits. The sauce is really versatile, and you can change it up by using less sugar or more vinegar. You can also add Sriracha for a little more kick.

Spicy Sriracha Barbecue Sauce is homemade from scratch with chiles – no store-bought bottles required!

Creamy Vegan Mayonnaise and Dressings for Your Carrot Dogs:

Raw Oil-Free Cashew Mayonnaise is a plant-based mayo that turns everything it touches into gold. It’s a standby in our kitchen, always ready to dress, smear, or otherwise adorn whatever we’re making. Nothing tastes as good as this mayonnaise on our green veggie sandwich. By the way, a little of this on your vegan hot dog topped with secret coleslaw tastes unbelievable!

Creamy Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing is a show-stopping cheesy topping for everything under the sun. From Buffalo seasoned grilled tempeh or tofu, to steak-y grilled mushrooms, this creamy dressing is bound to become a fave!

Easy Vegan Chipotle Mayo is so creamy, with the perfect level of spice, and just a hint of lime. Perfect for veggie burgers, sandwiches, fries, and more!

Vegan Sunflower Seed Mayo is a super creamy mayo made almost entirely of sunflower seeds. It’s impressive and tastes better than any store-bought oil-free mayo we’ve ever tasted!

Quick Pickles and Chutney Toppings for Grilled Carrot Veggie Dogs:

Peanut Tomato Chutney is a popular chutney recipe from Andhra Pradesh, India. It serves as an excellent side for Idli/Dosa/Uttapam/Pessarattu. Simple & delicious.

Quick Pickled Red Onions is a must for summer BBQ burgers everywhere! It’s made with wholesome red onions pickled with spices and just a bit of heat.

Quick Pickle Cucumber Slices with Fresh Dill is slices of cucumber transformed into pickles in very little time and practically no effort. And yes, of course, they’re delicious – did you have to ask?

clear glass bowl of crazy-good slaw made with fresh ingredients including cabbage fennel red onion and fresh cilantro

Satisfying Savory Sides to Enjoy with Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs with Slaw:

Cucumber, Mint & Tomato Salad is sweet, tangy, and just a bit salty, but not too much. And best of all, it’s gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, oil-free, and all of those other beautifully healthy things you crave in a side dish!

Creamy Greek Summer Salad makes for a delectably simple side dish, filled with fresh ingredients, that is great for summer parties!

Sweet Corn And Zucchini Salad is a refreshing combination of fresh sweet corn, zucchini, and edamame – it’s summer’s dinner salad tossed with a sweet herby dressing.

Rocca Salad is a tasty mix of arugula (rocket) with walnuts, pomegranate, and a Persian dressing. It’s a delicious salad with a Middle Eastern flavor.

Warm Street Corn Salad is like Mexican street corn but in salad form!

Black Bean Salad is a southwest style dazzler drizzled with a delicious but straightforward lime dressing – it’s a proven favorite to share at your next picnic or potluck, and tastes terrific in your lunch, too!

Don’t Forget the Potato Salad to go with Your Grilled Carrot Dogs:

Mama’s Vegan Southern-Style Potato Salad is a recipe that’s a happy marriage of our modern vegan and a timeless classic! We skip the oil and eggs but hold tight to the wonderfully bright and sunshiny note of yellow mustard.

Tarragon Dill Potato Salad is everything you want in a savory potato salad. It’s lite but satisfying. And it’s remarkably rich but low fat, compared with most potato salads, because it’s refined oil-free!

French-inspired Vegan Potato Salad is a flavorful twist on a classic dish. With its delicious herb and mustard dressing, this easy side is always a hit at gatherings.

Super Sweet Potato Salad is an amazing twist on traditional potato salad. It’s full of sweet, tangy flavor and is a hit at potlucks and picnics!

Delicious Pasta Salads Pair Beautifully with Veggie Hot Dogs with Slaw:

Oil-Free Confetti Macaroni Salad is a gorgeous bowl that everyone will ask you to bring to the cookout time after time. Best of all, it’s as easy as it is delicious!

Vegan Pimento Macaroni Salad is a secretly healthy pasta salad that will instantly become a new favorite for potlucks, parties, and backyard cookouts. It takes the irresistible flavor of pimento cheese and marries it with macaroni salad. Your choice of pasta makes this dish whole-food plant-based (WFPB) and or gluten-free.

Vegan Greek Pasta Salad is easy to make with simple, healthy ingredients like pasta, olives, cucumber, red onion, tomato, herbs, and tofu feta. This recipe is oil-free and can easily be gluten-free.

More Delicious Recipes for Plant-Based Vegan Grilling:

Pumpkin Seed Veggie Burgers are a classic plant-based vegan take on a burger recipe that brings tons of delicious flavor to your plate. When you bring these to that next cookout, everybody is going to want what your having – these burgers are terrific and tasty!

Veggie Skewers, or Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, are the easiest way to eat a rainbow of delicious veggies during summer. The perfect side dish for your weekend bbq or grill party.

Air-Fryer Lentil Sliders are a great appetizer to make for get-togethers or cookouts.

Thank You for Reading about Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs with Crazy-Good Slaw!

Even though we share these kinds of words at the end of all of our posts, they matter deeply. It’s important to us that you know we appreciate you taking the time to explore our original plant-based vegan recipes.

We want you to know too, that we especially enjoyed preparing this particular recipe for hot dogs with slaw, or slaw dogs, featuring our crazy-good secret (crushed fennel seed) coleslaw. It’s a fun recipe that we know you will love because of how useful it will become to you.

And finally, as always, if there is ever any question you’d like to ask about this or any of our recipes, we’re here and happy to do what we can to help. Until next time, take care!

Happy Eating!

vegan hot dogs with slaw on a plant-based gluten-free bun topped with crazy-good slaw
vegan carrot hot dogs or slaw dogs on gluten-free bread with topped coleslaw with red onion and a sprig of fennel

Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs with Crazy-Good Slaw

  • 15
    Prep:
  • 15
    Cook Time:
  • Yield: 24 Servings

Cook some carrots and make some slaw – who knew a plant-based vegan show-stopping cookout dish could be this easy?  When you bring these carrot dogs to your next barbecue or picnic – everyone will want to try one. So make plenty and  get ready to share some veggie love!  The easy marinade described in this recipe easily seasons at least a couple pounds of carrots.  We like to serve our carrot slaw dogs on lightly toasted gluten-free buns, smeared with our homemade cashew mayo or sunflower seed mayonnaise and topped with the excellent fennel coleslaw described in the instructions below. And for dessert, might we recommend whipping up a quick batch of our chocolatey black bean brownies with pistachios?

Ingredients

  • a bunch or two of carrots, washed, trimmed, and sliced - Quantity and peeling are each to preference.  When we have organic carrots on hand, we don't often bother to peel them. When using non organic produce, we wash first and then peel using this peeler.
  • For the CRAZY-GOOD SLAW: 1/2 head of green cabbage, cored and very thinly sliced or shredded to equal about 4 cups
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic unrefined coconut sugar or another unrefined sweetener - Here's a link for a bulk buy deal on organic unrefined coconut sugar that's like getting one bag free! Date sugar or pure maple syrup or unrefined agave would also work well.
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp of crushed fennel seeds - Here is a bulk deal on whole organic fennel seeds.  Did you know that fennel is thought to be beneficial to digestion?
  • a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, or another salt to taste
  • 1/4 of a medium red onion, peeled and sliced into thin half-moon slivers
  • a fist's worth or about 1/4 cup or so of chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • an optional 1/4 cup of fresh fennel slices and a few fronds for garnish - We say it's optional, but in truth, it's the fennel that makes this slaw so amazing!
  • For the CARROT DOG MARINADE: 1/4 cup of tamari sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, coconut aminos, or soy sauce - We use tamari, Braggs, or coconut aminos to avoid gluten. If gluten is not an issue, soy sauce works well in this recipe.
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar - We use Braggs organic ACV with the mother.
  • 1/2 cup of water or vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp of tahini 
  • 2 tbsp of pure maple syrup, date paste, raw agave, or unrefined coconut sugar - Our first choice is pure maple syrup as the liquid sweetener for this recipe.
  • 1 tbsp of liquid smoke
  • about 1 tsp of prepared Dijon mustard - Any mustard you enjoy will work.
  • 3/4 tsp of onion powder, more or less to taste
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped fine 
  • 1 to 2 tsp of brine from your favorite pickled pepper, pickle juice or alternatively, possibly add a dash of any tasty vinegar or vinegar based hot sauce

Instructions

  1. FOR the CRAZY-GOOD SLAW: Pour hot water over prepped sliced or shredded cabbage, drain, and then rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut sugar or another sweetener, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, crushed fennel seed, and salt. Taste and adjust to preference while keeping in mind that this tasty dressing is going to season your entire batch of slaw. (BTW - that's a subtle way of saying go big or go home. Under seasoning is a huge mistake, especially when it comes time to get your cookout on!)
  3. Next, place the rinsed and drained cabbage into the bowl with the dressing. Add in the onion, fresh cilantro, and highly recommended, fresh slices of fennel.  Use this slaw to top your grilled carrot dogs.
  4. How to Cook Carrot Dogs on the STOVETOP: First, trim your clean carrots so that they're of similar size and traditional hot-dog length. Using a pot large enough to hold the amount of carrots you plan to cook, add the trimmed carrots and enough water to cover the tops.  Boil briefly, or until your lovely carrots are barely fork-tender.   We cook ours for about ten or so minutes, max. It's important to avoid overcooking since they'll eventually hit the heat again on the grill.
  5. While the carrots are cooking, stir together or blend all of the ingredients for the hot dog marinade. To save time and the cleanup of using a blender, we often use an immersion blender like this one when combing small amounts of sauce or marinades.
  6. Using a colander, immediately drain and rinse the barely tender cooked carrots with cold water. Then, once they're rinsed and cool, place the carrots in a ziplock freezer bag along with the Easy Carrot Dog Marinade and marinate for at least four hours or so or overnight or even longer, like days ahead. If doing an extended marinade, be sure to keep them refrigerated.
  7. We like to grill our thoroughly marinated carrots on a prepared hot grill as you would any quick-cooking type of veggie hot dog - cooking just long enough to add grill marks and char to preference. Depending on your grill, you may want to oil the grill rack before adding your carrots though this step is not required.  If you prefer not to grill simply warm your carrot dogs in the oven or microwave, just until hot.
  8. How to Cook Carrot Dogs using an INSTANT POT:  Marinating and cooking your carrots in an Instant Pot, like this one, reduces the amount of marinating time dramatically, getting you to the grilling part sooner. Place the trimmed, prepared carrots along with the Easy Carrot Dog Marinade in an Instant Pot. Attach and lid according to instructions, close the pressure valve, and set to cook for three minutes.
  9. Once the pressure rises and the three minutes of cooking time completes, carefully manually release the pressure according to the manufacturer's instructions. You may leave the cooked carrots in the pot until you are ready to grill or until they've cooled for storage in the fridge for later use. Optionally, you may also enjoy a delicious carrot dog straight from your Instant-Pot and skip the grilling.

Notes

  • Cook time varies depending on if you use stovetop or Instant Pot - but once your precooked carrot dogs have soaked in the marinade a bit, your dogs are ready to be grilled up in minutes!
  • Allowing the carrots to marinate for about an hour after cooking when using an Instant Pot allows additional flavor to absorb into the carrots, which is the way to go. The same is true of the stovetop method - the longer you allow your carrots to marinate, the deeper the smoky hot dog flavor.
  • Carrot dogs cooked on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot can be made ahead and stored for future use. If you're not planning to grill immediately after pre-cooking your carrots in an Instant Pot, once the cooked carrots have cooled completely, remove the carrots and marinade from the Instant Pot and store together in a covered container in the fridge. Additional marinading time only strengthens the flavor.
  • If you do not have fresh garlic cloves, it's almost always okay to sub in some garlic powder in its place.  This is a bulk buy deal we found for organic garlic powder from a reputable brand - we like having plenty of garlic on hand.
  • To keep nutritional data accurate, the following table accounts for the carrot dog portion of the recipe only and does not account for the optional pickled pepper juice or dash of hot sauce or optional dash of tasty vinegar.

Nutrition

% DV

Calories Per Serving: 44
  • Total Fat 1.2 g 2%
  • Saturated Fat 0.2 g 1 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 186.7 mg 8 %
  • Carbohydrates 7.8 g 3 %
  • Fiber 1.9 g 8 %
  • Sugar 4.1 g ---
  • Protein 1.3 g 3 %
  • Vitamin A 204 %
  • Vitamin C 6 %
  • Iron 2 %
  • Calcium 2 %

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