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Texas Tommy

Invented in Pottstown, Pennnsylvania, in the 1950s, the Texas Tommy is still a popular dish at diners around Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. A hot dog stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, the Texas Tommy can be grilled or deep-fried. The meaning of the name is not known but may be connected to the mid-century, East Coast labeling of all hot dogs as “Texans.”

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free


  • 8 hot dogs
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 hot dog buns, split


  1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill.
  2. Slice hot dogs lengthwise, not quite cutting through to the other side.
  3. Cut the cheese slices into four strips, then insert the strips into the openings in each of the hot dogs.
  4. Wrap each of the hot dogs with a slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick.
  5. Grill the wrapped hot dogs over medium heat about 10 minutes, turning frequently, until the bacon is fully cooked.
  6. Grill the buns cut side down for 1–2 minutes, or until toasted.
  7. Place the hot dogs in the toasted buns and serve immediately.

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