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Gourmet Hot Dog: The Hill Dog Recipe

Tom Lohr has eaten a hot dog at all 30 MLB ballparks and is the author of "Gone to the Dogs: In Search of the Best Ballpark Hot Dog."

The Hill Dog

The Hill Dog

Two Childhood Favorites in One

Who doesn't love Italian food? And what person didn't dig SpaghettiOs when they were a kid? Now you can satisfy that Italian craving and relive your childhood with the Hill dog. It gets its name from The Hill, a district in St. Louis with a strong Italian heritage. Yogi Berra grew up in The Hill, and we are certain he would approve of this awesome dog. It's quick, easy, and a crowd-pleaser.

Cook Time

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5 min

10 min

15 min

6 to 8 hot dogs


  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • 1 package hot dogs, all-beef
  • 1 to 2 cans SpagettiOs, with meatballs


  1. Heat up the SpaghettiOs. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the hot dogs, rolling frequently to ensure even cooking.
  3. Once the hot dogs are thoroughly cooked, place them in a bun and spoon in a generous portion of SpaghettiOs. Serve with lots of napkins.