If you haven't yet taken the time to celebrate National Hot Dog Month, it's not too late! Gather your friends 'round and set up your very own hot dog bar, complete with delicious toppings, so loved ones can load their dogs with whatever their hearts desire. It's an easy and fun way to feed a large crowd, and would be great after a day at the beach or playing in the park. See how easily a hot dog bar comes together.
Come Up With a Plan
Start by coming up with a plan of what will be on your bar. I decided to do Tex-Mex-inspired toppings, like chili, guacamole, bacon, fresh salsa, and roasted jalapeños. Once you've made a list of toppings, get cooking!
Do everything that you can in advance. I began the day before and made the chili  in my slow cooker.
Create Fresh, Homemade Toppings
While the chili cooked, I sautéed onions over low heat for 45 minutes until caramelized and cooked through . I also made fresh guacamole .
Little Bowls Are Your Friend
The day of the party, place everything in little bowls or disposable aluminum trays. Here's the salsa. I used Michelle Bernstein's recipe  — you must try it!
Relish Is Essential!
You can't have a hot dog bar without relish. I wanted to make relish  but ran out of time, so used store-bought instead.
Oven-Cook Your Bacon With Ease
Here's a tip: if you're going to include bacon, cook the bacon in the oven . It ends up crisp and flat, and leaves no grease splatters on the counter.
Arrange Similar Items Together . . .
I plated sautéed onions and peppers with roasted jalapeños; the same went for condiments, like ketchup, mustard, and relish.
. . . Such as Gourmet Sausages
Try an assortment of meats (I used lamb sausage, beer sausage, and chicken cherry sausage). To ensure that you've got time to spend with friends, roast the sausages in the oven.
Oven-Toast Your Buns
Toast hot dog buns in the oven while the dogs are roasting.
Improvise If Necessary
The apartment that I catered the party at had no kitchen table. We improvised (and kept things classy!) by setting a long piece of plywood on a foosball table. Sometimes you do whatever it takes to make the party happen.
For more inspiration, check out this video on how to elevate your hot dog to a haute dog .