Delicious Dogs

A freshly grilled hot dog is often the first sign of cookout season—the period when Americans consume about 7 billion dogs. But while we were busy chowing down, an enterprising Canadian created a hot dog scorer that takes those backyard meals up a notch. Slotdog is a bladed tool that makes diamond-shaped cuts in hot dogs. These cuts create caramelized, crispy edges when they hit the grill. And those nooks are the perfect place for mustard, ketchup, and other condiments to seep down into. Another benefit: the scored surface releases steam. Your hot dogs won’t burst or bend into unappetizing shapes. Maker Daniel Crichton experimented with different cuts and pokes on hot dogs to try to liven them up—and ultimately created this tool that takes them in a new taste direction. The blades on Slotdog are sharp, so be careful when you press it into the hot dog. Press on one side, flip, then press into the other, and that’s it—you’re on your way to a better hot dog.

Slotdog

Hot Dog Scorer

Delicious Dogs

A freshly grilled hot dog is often the first sign of cookout season—the period when Americans consume about 7 billion dogs. But while we were busy chowing down, an enterprising Canadian created a hot dog scorer that takes those backyard meals up a notch. Slotdog is a bladed tool that makes diamond-shaped cuts in hot dogs. These cuts create caramelized, crispy edges when they hit the grill. And those nooks are the perfect place for mustard, ketchup, and other condiments to seep down into. Another benefit: the scored surface releases steam. Your hot dogs won’t burst or bend into unappetizing shapes. Maker Daniel Crichton experimented with different cuts and pokes on hot dogs to try to liven them up—and ultimately created this tool that takes them in a new taste direction. The blades on Slotdog are sharp, so be careful when you press it into the hot dog. Press on one side, flip, then press into the other, and that’s it—you’re on your way to a better hot dog.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Daniel
    Daniel

    Hey Grommet Gang! I’m Dan Crichton, inventor of Slotdog! I'm super excited and honored to have Slotdog featured as today’s Grommet and look forward to answering any questions you may have. As a BBQ and hot dog enthusiast I was sick of boring, burnt, and shriveled up hot dogs so I invented Slotdog, which turns regular hot dogs into a true grilling experience! Fun for kids and adults of all ages, and absolute must have for pro to beginner tailgaters and BBQ lovers alike. Join the "Hot Dog Revolution" today!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:27 PM

    I never knew a hot dog needed something like Slotdog to exist, how did you?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:29 PM

    After getting sick of burnt, blistered and boring hot dogs I started playing around with a knife and made crisscrossed slices in the hot dogs before putting them on the grill to see what would happen. Surprisingly enough, as the hot dog cooked it actually plumped up as the slots expanded into an alligator scale kind of pattern, which not only looked fun for the kids but also fixed the annoying blister and split problem common when grilling hot dogs.

    The edges of the slots caramelized up as well adding a nice crispy bite, and the slots grabbed the condiments and helped them soak right in and stay put instead off ending up all over everyone’s clothes for a change. After doing this for 10 hot dogs at a time it got a bit tiring though, so I thought there has to be an easier way to do this! After lots of patience and a few prototypes later SLOTDOG was born!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:29 PM

    How did you go about turning Slotdog into a business?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:30 PM

    With a background in marketing, advertising, manufacturing and procurement I was able to utilize these skills to bring SLOTDOG to market. Albeit on a more niche scale to begin with mainly in Canada, I focused upon specialty Barbecue stores who saw the uniqueness of SLOTDOG at first and am now looking to break into the US grilling/tailgating market. Being selected by The Grommet is a huge testament to how great a fit SLOTDOG is for the US market and we’re thrilled to partner with them to spread word of the “Hot Dog Revolution!” on a massive scale.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:39 PM

    What has the feedback from grillers been like?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:39 PM

    Amazing! From BBQ beginners to hardcore grill-masters SLOTDOG has received some serious love. They all love how it not only makes their hot dogs look cool, but also how it actually transforms a boring old hot dog into a true grilling experience. Tailgating is such a huge part of American culture and tailgaters love being able to show off their unique SLOTDOG creations to their friends.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:40 PM

    Do you have your eyes on the ultimate hot dog prize... the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:41 PM

    Haha! Not sure how many SLOTDOG hot dogs Matt Stonie (2015 champion with 62 hot dogs) could slam back. The beauty is they plump up as the slots expand and the tread like pattern isn’t exactly ideal for trying to swallow whole like a duck lol.

  • snype
    snype
    5/16/2016 11:08 AM

    This is brilliant. I just forwarded this page to a food vendor who does unique brats and dogs.

    Everyone's biggest problem with hotdogs has always been how to keep everything you put on them from sliding off. The enhanced "cook-ability" and visual appeal of the formerly boring hot dog is a major plus.

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 11:14 AM

    Hey @snype awesome Thanks! Yeah I know eh? With SLOTDOG you can actually Eat your condiments and not Wear them! Lol

  • Mary Jean
    Mary Jean
    5/16/2016 11:33 AM

    Have you tried this with food other than hot dogs?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 11:46 AM

    Hey @Mary Jean I designed it to be used specifically on casing-free hot dogs but who am I to restrict the creativity of the culinary gurus out there! Short answer, yes I have heard it being used on other food items I just stick with hot dogs myself :) Thanks!

  • Glenn
    Glenn
    5/16/2016 12:16 PM

    This looks like a nice tool. Are the blades just deep enough to score the hotdog and not go too far or do you have to be careful and not press too hard or too soft?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:28 PM

    Hey @Glenn depends on the type of hot dog as all manufacturers vary in shape and size, though I literally went into grocery stores with a tape measure as I was designing it and tried to get the avg thickness and built the blades to still leave a gap of meat even when used on both sides. For smaller dogs just push it down a bit less. Pressing firmly on fridge temp hot dogs works best, too warm and the hot dogs can get smooshy. After one or two tries you'll have it down like a pro! :)

  • Tim
    Tim
    5/16/2016 10:16 PM

    @Daniel If you made the blades adjustable height, then they could be set to eliminate the guess work on how much to push down. Slotdog 2.0?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/17/2016 11:42 AM

    Hi Tim, that is a great suggestion for the future. I'm sure Dan is taking notes. The Hot Dog revolution continues!

  • Linda
    Linda
    5/16/2016 12:16 PM

    Hi. I never buy casing-free hotdogs, is it sharp enough to do the same thing on the hotdogs in casings?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:32 PM

    Hey @Linda we've discovered that natural/collagen casing hot dogs can be a pain sometimes as the skin is harder to cut into and they can end up rupturing out the sides. Again depends on the manufacturer, but we recommend using on skinless for best results, who knows maybe SLOTDOG can rekindle your love for skinless dogs again :) thanks!

  • Helen
    Helen
    5/16/2016 12:34 PM

    Hi Daniel, looks like a great idea! How do you clean the Slotdog?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:41 PM

    Hi @Helen Thanks! Just place it blades down in the top rack of your dishwasher. #ThatWasEasy :P

  • zach
    zach
    5/16/2016 12:49 PM

    Is the Slotdog dishwasher safe?

  • zach
    zach
    5/16/2016 12:50 PM

    @zach Oops sorry read the comment above me.

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:57 PM

    Grill on @zach! :)

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Slotdog

Hot Dog Scorer

Delicious Dogs

A freshly grilled hot dog is often the first sign of cookout season—the period when Americans consume about 7 billion dogs. But while we were busy chowing down, an enterprising Canadian created a hot dog scorer that takes those backyard meals up a notch.

Slotdog is a bladed tool that makes diamond-shaped cuts in hot dogs. These
cuts create caramelized, crispy edges when they hit the grill. And those nooks are the perfect place for mustard, ketchup, and other condiments to seep down into.

Another benefit: the scored surface releases steam. Your hot dogs won’t burst or bend into unappetizing shapes.

Maker Daniel Crichton experimented with different cuts and pokes on hot dogs to try to liven them up—and ultimately created this tool that takes them in a new taste direction.

The blades on Slotdog are sharp, so be careful when you press it into the hot dog. Press on one side, flip, then press into the other, and that’s it—you’re on your way to a better hot dog.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Daniel
    Daniel

    Hey Grommet Gang! I’m Dan Crichton, inventor of Slotdog! I'm super excited and honored to have Slotdog featured as today’s Grommet and look forward to answering any questions you may have. As a BBQ and hot dog enthusiast I was sick of boring, burnt, and shriveled up hot dogs so I invented Slotdog, which turns regular hot dogs into a true grilling experience! Fun for kids and adults of all ages, and absolute must have for pro to beginner tailgaters and BBQ lovers alike. Join the "Hot Dog Revolution" today!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:27 PM

    I never knew a hot dog needed something like Slotdog to exist, how did you?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:29 PM

    After getting sick of burnt, blistered and boring hot dogs I started playing around with a knife and made crisscrossed slices in the hot dogs before putting them on the grill to see what would happen. Surprisingly enough, as the hot dog cooked it actually plumped up as the slots expanded into an alligator scale kind of pattern, which not only looked fun for the kids but also fixed the annoying blister and split problem common when grilling hot dogs.

    The edges of the slots caramelized up as well adding a nice crispy bite, and the slots grabbed the condiments and helped them soak right in and stay put instead off ending up all over everyone’s clothes for a change. After doing this for 10 hot dogs at a time it got a bit tiring though, so I thought there has to be an easier way to do this! After lots of patience and a few prototypes later SLOTDOG was born!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:29 PM

    How did you go about turning Slotdog into a business?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:30 PM

    With a background in marketing, advertising, manufacturing and procurement I was able to utilize these skills to bring SLOTDOG to market. Albeit on a more niche scale to begin with mainly in Canada, I focused upon specialty Barbecue stores who saw the uniqueness of SLOTDOG at first and am now looking to break into the US grilling/tailgating market. Being selected by The Grommet is a huge testament to how great a fit SLOTDOG is for the US market and we’re thrilled to partner with them to spread word of the “Hot Dog Revolution!” on a massive scale.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:39 PM

    What has the feedback from grillers been like?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:39 PM

    Amazing! From BBQ beginners to hardcore grill-masters SLOTDOG has received some serious love. They all love how it not only makes their hot dogs look cool, but also how it actually transforms a boring old hot dog into a true grilling experience. Tailgating is such a huge part of American culture and tailgaters love being able to show off their unique SLOTDOG creations to their friends.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/13/2016 4:40 PM

    Do you have your eyes on the ultimate hot dog prize... the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/13/2016 4:41 PM

    Haha! Not sure how many SLOTDOG hot dogs Matt Stonie (2015 champion with 62 hot dogs) could slam back. The beauty is they plump up as the slots expand and the tread like pattern isn’t exactly ideal for trying to swallow whole like a duck lol.

  • snype
    snype
    5/16/2016 11:08 AM

    This is brilliant. I just forwarded this page to a food vendor who does unique brats and dogs.

    Everyone's biggest problem with hotdogs has always been how to keep everything you put on them from sliding off. The enhanced "cook-ability" and visual appeal of the formerly boring hot dog is a major plus.

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 11:14 AM

    Hey @snype awesome Thanks! Yeah I know eh? With SLOTDOG you can actually Eat your condiments and not Wear them! Lol

  • Mary Jean
    Mary Jean
    5/16/2016 11:33 AM

    Have you tried this with food other than hot dogs?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 11:46 AM

    Hey @Mary Jean I designed it to be used specifically on casing-free hot dogs but who am I to restrict the creativity of the culinary gurus out there! Short answer, yes I have heard it being used on other food items I just stick with hot dogs myself :) Thanks!

  • Glenn
    Glenn
    5/16/2016 12:16 PM

    This looks like a nice tool. Are the blades just deep enough to score the hotdog and not go too far or do you have to be careful and not press too hard or too soft?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:28 PM

    Hey @Glenn depends on the type of hot dog as all manufacturers vary in shape and size, though I literally went into grocery stores with a tape measure as I was designing it and tried to get the avg thickness and built the blades to still leave a gap of meat even when used on both sides. For smaller dogs just push it down a bit less. Pressing firmly on fridge temp hot dogs works best, too warm and the hot dogs can get smooshy. After one or two tries you'll have it down like a pro! :)

  • Tim
    Tim
    5/16/2016 10:16 PM

    @Daniel If you made the blades adjustable height, then they could be set to eliminate the guess work on how much to push down. Slotdog 2.0?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/17/2016 11:42 AM

    Hi Tim, that is a great suggestion for the future. I'm sure Dan is taking notes. The Hot Dog revolution continues!

  • Linda
    Linda
    5/16/2016 12:16 PM

    Hi. I never buy casing-free hotdogs, is it sharp enough to do the same thing on the hotdogs in casings?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:32 PM

    Hey @Linda we've discovered that natural/collagen casing hot dogs can be a pain sometimes as the skin is harder to cut into and they can end up rupturing out the sides. Again depends on the manufacturer, but we recommend using on skinless for best results, who knows maybe SLOTDOG can rekindle your love for skinless dogs again :) thanks!

  • Helen
    Helen
    5/16/2016 12:34 PM

    Hi Daniel, looks like a great idea! How do you clean the Slotdog?

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:41 PM

    Hi @Helen Thanks! Just place it blades down in the top rack of your dishwasher. #ThatWasEasy :P

  • zach
    zach
    5/16/2016 12:49 PM

    Is the Slotdog dishwasher safe?

  • zach
    zach
    5/16/2016 12:50 PM

    @zach Oops sorry read the comment above me.

  • Daniel
    Daniel – Special Guest
    5/16/2016 12:57 PM

    Grill on @zach! :)

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.