The Secret to Kid-Friendly/Choke Free Hot Dogs


Anyone excited about a long Labor Day weekend!? I don’t know about you, but Back to School time brings so much craziness into our lives, that I am always SO excited for Labor Day!

This year we are having two Labor Day celebrations! Sunday afternoon/evening we are having a big cookout/potluck with our neighbors in our cul-de-sac. Then on Monday we are going to a friend’s house for a late lunch cookout! But just as much as I am excited about two Labor Day celebrations, I am just as excited to have time to relax and recoup!

Within the past two weeks, we have attended multiple volleyball games (my husband is one of the coaches), went on a blogger’s weekend to Galveston, my husband performed our neighbors wedding, I began working with BOTH boys in the mornings on preschool curriculum, working part-time at the school, and trying to fit this crazy blogging life into all that mix; Yikes! Oh I almost forgot dealing with pregnancy ‘stuff’… mostly just afternoon exhaustion now.

This Summer you may have seen that I have been posting a little less than normal, and that was because I intentionally made the decision that I will not put my blog above people. It’s so easy to do. So instead of coming in early from playing outside to write tomorrow’s post, I played outside longer. Instead of doing ‘link ups’ every morning when I woke up, I ate breakfast WITH my kids. It’s been a great Summer, and because our family has been available to God, we have experienced some amazing relationships with neighbors this Summer that we might have missed out on if we had stuck to a tight routine.

So in the celebration of a great Summer, we can’t wait to spend even more time with our new friends and neighbors this Sunday. I will be preparing a ‘Kid Friendly Hot Dog Bar’ and everyone else will be bringing even more deliciousness to the party! I can’t wait!

Kid-Friendly Hot Dog Bar #hotdogs #preventchoking #hebrewnational

One of the biggest concerns parents have about their little ones eating hot dogs is the concern about choking. I used to find myself cutting our boys hot dogs into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking until my mom reminded me recently of how she used to cut my hot dogs when I was younger. 

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My mom always butterflied my hot dogs before grilling/cooking them; genius right!? A simple butterfly cut down the center can prevent all the little ones from choking at your party and their parents from having to spend time cutting their hot dogs into little pieces! A truly kid-friendly gesture for all hostess’! 


  • Hebrew National All-Beef Hot Dogs 
  • Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Hunt’s Ketchup
  • Gulden’s Mustard
  • Relish
  • Sweet Onions; chopped
  • Fresh Tomato; sliced
  • Cheese (not a kosher product)
  • Any other favorite toppings


1. Slice each hot dog in half length wise. Cut 3/4 of the way through the hot dog; just enough to be able to open it butterfly style.

butterflying a hot dog

2. Spray grill/griddle with non-stick cooking spray. Place the hot dog face dog on the grill. Cook until the hot dog is completely cooked through and grill lines appear.

butterflying a hot dog 1

3. Flip the hot dog over and grill the outside of the hot dog. Grill hot dog buns to place hot dog into (optional).

butterflying a hot dog 2

4. Place the hot dog in a bun, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Hot Dog Bar 1

So this Labor Day, put your work aside, enjoy your family, and save yourself even extra cutting ‘work’ by simply butterflying your little ones hot dogs!  


Hebrew National tastes great because, for more than 100 years, we’ve adhered to the highest quality standards. Hebrew National Franks are made with premium cuts of 100% pure kosher beef, and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no by-products, and no fillers. Premium taste and high quality every time, for any occasion. That’s our guarantee. Learn about even more reasons to love Hebrew National, and tell us why you love them, too!

Check out even more of our favorite Hot Dog Recipes:

Homemade Mini Corn Dogs #corndogs #hebrewnational #kosher #hotdogs

Homemade Pretzel Dogs #pretzelrecipe #pretzelhotdogs #hebrewnational #99summerdays


  1. Great idea! I am the mom always cutting up SIX kid’s hot-dogs at the cook-outs! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! Thanks so much for sharing and glad the Lord has blessed you with a wonderful summer. Enjoy your Labor Day!

  2. I applaud you for doing more to spend time with people and not putting electronics ahead of people and relationships with people. It is so easy to do.

  3. First time parent of a one year old here. I thought you had to cut them in bite-size pieces the other way (to make hot dog chunks?) to prevent choking…


    • I idea of chunking hot dogs is safer than not cutting them at all, however some kids have choked on a round chunk that actually gets stuck in their throat as well. The benefit of slicing the hot dogs down the middle is that they would be halved if swallowed whole not just a round chunk. Make sense? I agree though that chunking is very popular and safer than nothing! :)

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