It’s no secret that we’ve become well known over the years for our flagship PopOpen® hot dogs. These sizzling, delicious, natural casing hot dogs are a favorite among many of our fans, and they’re one of our most popular products.

Coming in both red and white variations, your bound to fall in love with at least one flavor. With summer wrapping up shortly here in Rochester, what better time to celebrate and enjoy a perfectly grilled PopOpen® (or two)? Here are a few of our best tips to get that flawless finish during your next summer cookout.

Avoid High Heat

One of the most surefire ways to burn a hot dog is by cooking it on high heat. We know you want to down that PopOpen® as quickly as possible, but take your time when it comes to cooking! No one likes their PopOpen® burnt on the outside and cold on the inside.

Medium heat is the ideal setting for cooking the perfect PopOpen®. Let the grill do it’s work — you won’t regret it.

Don’t Walk Away

We know it’s tempting, but don’t you dare walk away from that grill! Keep an eye on your food, and make sure you’re turning it often with tongs. The goal is to ensure that your PopOpen® cooks evenly, and doesn’t get too much heat on just one side.

Wait for the Signature “Pop”

The best part about cooking a PopOpen®? The fact that it actually pops open! This is a great way to gauge how your hot dog is coming along, and how much longer it needs to cook on the grill. Don’t feel like you have to take it off as soon as the hot dog starts to pop though. Let it develop those grill marks and fully pop open before removing it from the grill.

Grill the Bun

Want to take your PopOpen® up a notch? Try grilling your bun. Add a bit of butter to the inside, and grill each side of the bun for approximately one minute each (or until slightly charred). While this tip doesn’t have much to do with grilling your actual PopOpen®, it has everything to do with achieving that perfect, out of this world flavor that Zweigle’s has become so well known for.

Add the Perfect Toppings

Last but not least, don’t forget the condiments! We’re not talking about just ketchup and mustard, either. Check out these nine unique hot dog toppings to give your PopOpen® an unforgettable twist, or explore international hot dog trends in your own backyard with these seven must-try hot dogs from around the world.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a PopOpen®?