Hot dog carving is my latest passion project. This past weekend I became the general of my own army comprised of perfectly seared men and women armed for battle in a soft and squishy white bun. You too can become a leader among men, all you need is a paring knife, a packet of hot dogs and a little patience.

Hot dog carving is not only a beautiful vehicle of self-expression, it also allows the hot dogs to crisp and sear even more than simple grilling, making for an even better vehicle for relish and mustard. The more slices you make in your hot dog, the more area you expose to fire, the more flavour you will have in your final product. There is no downside.

Here is a simple how-to for making a hot dog man, but this is by no means meant to curtail your own creative ambitions. And even if you’re a purist when it comes to hot dogs, try giving your next batch a simple cross hatch pattern, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well your condiments get into all the nooks and crannies.