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Carrot Dogs

A grilled entree you will feel proud to serve family and friends at the next summer barbecue.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 180 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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  • 4 carrots, whole
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamari, low-sodium
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • Liquid smoke, to taste
  • 4 hot dog buns, whole wheat
  • Toppings (e.g., ketchup, mustard, relish, BBQ sauce)


  1. Peel carrots, trim ends, and cut to length of hot dog buns.
  2. Fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Add carrots and lower to medium heat, cooking until you can slightly pierce them with a fork (but do not cut through).
  3. Add vinegar, water, tamari, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper and liquid smoke to a plastic bowl or bag. Stir to combine. Add carrots and shake to coat.
  4. Place in refrigerator and marinate for at least three hours.*
  5. Pour marinade and carrots into a large pan and cook on grill or stove top for 5-10 minutes, rotating periodically.
  6. Serve in a whole wheat hot dog bun with your choice of toppings.

Notes: Three hours is the minimum marinating time, but they may sit in the refrigerator for up to a few days. A longer marinating time will mean a stronger, more infused flavor.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.