Make your own corn dogs just like at the fair with this rich buttermilk corn batter.

ROBY

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
4 mins
total:
19 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 corndogs
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in melted bacon drippings. Make a well in the center, and pour in the egg, buttermilk, and baking soda. Mix until everything is smooth and well blended.

  • Pat the hot dogs dry with paper towels so that the batter will stick. Insert wooden sticks into the ends. Dip the hot dogs in the batter one at a time, shaking off the excess. Deep fry a few at a time in the hot oil until they are as brown as you like them. Drain on paper towels or serve on paper plates.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; protein 6.9g; carbohydrates 13.6g; fat 18.4g; cholesterol 34mg; sodium 721.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2005
Absolutely fantastic! I never rate a recipe without doing it exactly as written. The instructions missed the bacon fat which was in the ingredient list (I remembered to include it). It was very good - a thick, melt-in-your mouth, hot dog "tempura!" In my second batch, I replaced the corn meal with crushed Onion Flavored Sun Chips, reduced the salt by half, and added 1 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp onion powder. The sugar in the recipe cooks the batter very fast, so I used room-temperature hot dogs before dipping it into the batter. An A.B. TIP: Put batter into a glass for easier dipping. The resulting flavors were exciting and surprising! When deep frying, they didn't want to flip to cook the other side, so I weighed them down with a perforated disk. So wonderful! Perfect shape, texture and taste. TRY THIS, FOLKS! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2011
I was't very impressed. Fairly easy to prepare used the flour on the dogs trick suggested by others. Didn't really taste like fair corn dogs...... Read More
(18)
217 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 154
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2005
Absolutely fantastic! I never rate a recipe without doing it exactly as written. The instructions missed the bacon fat which was in the ingredient list (I remembered to include it). It was very good - a thick, melt-in-your mouth, hot dog "tempura!" In my second batch, I replaced the corn meal with crushed Onion Flavored Sun Chips, reduced the salt by half, and added 1 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp onion powder. The sugar in the recipe cooks the batter very fast, so I used room-temperature hot dogs before dipping it into the batter. An A.B. TIP: Put batter into a glass for easier dipping. The resulting flavors were exciting and surprising! When deep frying, they didn't want to flip to cook the other side, so I weighed them down with a perforated disk. So wonderful! Perfect shape, texture and taste. TRY THIS, FOLKS! Read More
(288)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2005
I had been searching for a homemade recipe and found this!! Took the advice on using a tall glass to dip in!! Great tip! I also tried cutting the hot dogs in half for a bite sized treat! Also, I had the oven on a low 200 F to keep the dogs warm until served... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2006
I love this recipe. I had to make additional batter, about 2 1/2 times the original amount (we like a good coating). I also dipped the raw hot dog in flour before dipping it into the batter, which I also put in a tall cup. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2012
Better late than never!!! I'm soon to be 75 years old and have made enough corn dogs in my time to supply the Super Bowl. Finally!! The best tasting batter I have EVER made. It has to be the buttermilk and baking soda that makes the difference. Roby, all you need are a few helpful hints and you will be ready for the county fair. :) 1. To keep the batter from sliding off the wieners, dust them with flour before putting them in the batter. The flour acts as a glue for the batter. 2. Put the batter in a tall glass...you can dip the wiener down into it. 3. As you are pulling the wiener from the batter, gently twirl the stick. This helps keep the batter on, too. It's all about keeping the batter neatly coating the wiener!! 4. The last trick is...(and you have to work sort of fast...) When you take the corndog out of the batter and put it in the hot grease, hold it upright, put it about 2 inches down in the grease and hold it about 3 seconds, then carefully drop it in the grease. I'm not sure what this does but it works like a charm and my corn dogs never split open. Okay! That's it. Time to eat the corn dogs I just made. I already had the best looking corn dogs in the state...now I have the best tasting, too!!! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2008
when I wrote this recipe it was to cut up the hot dogs into thirds. My deep fryer is too small to put sticks into the dogs. I guess they can change directions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2006
We wanted something fun fried and quintessentially American to be the star of our 4th of July feast and these really fit the bill. We used veggie dogs and omitted the bacon drippings and made sure the dogs were at room temperature before dusting with corn starch and dipping in the batter. Pulling them out of the batter with a twisting motion worked beautifully to keep the batter on the dog. As soon as I put one in the deep fryer my husband dove in with tongs and pulled them up from the bottom of the fryer by the stick so they wouldn't adhere to the fryer basket. We drained these on a rack over a paper towel lined pan and kept them warm in a 200 degree oven until all were finished. We ate these with traditional yellow mustard slathered on with a brush just like they did it at the local corn dog stand when I was a child. Hot diggedy corn dogs! These are just the BEST. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2007
A great corndog recipe. We also cut the hotdogs up and cooked them in the batter. Anyone out there know how to keep the batter on the hot dogs? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2006
This was a great recipe. Was perfect for family movie night and the kids and hubby were asking when we were having it again before they were even done! One suggestion though. Dust the hot dogs in flour before battering them so the batter doesn't fall off grease splattered everywhere with the first one but after i used flour no more problems. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2007
Awesome taste! We buy these at the grocery store but they are so expensive I looked here for an alternative. I used the batter to make onion rings as well which turned out very crispy and tasty. Make sure you dry the dogs off first and coat in flour so that the batter will stick. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2011
I was't very impressed. Fairly easy to prepare used the flour on the dogs trick suggested by others. Didn't really taste like fair corn dogs...... Read More
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