Summer, and summer food, is looking different for many of us this year. Your backyard barbecues will likely be smaller and closer to home, your trips to the ballpark nonexistent. Hot dogs and other sausages are synonymous with both of those hot weather traditions, and while you may be missing them in the ways and places you often enjoy them, theres no reason you cant still have them — and even improve on them — at home.

Here are some recipes from our archives that will really up the ante on your grilling game.

BLT Hot Dogs, above. Bacon mayo, cherry tomatoes and shredded lettuce let you merge two classic summer sandwiches (its just easier to call a hot dog a sandwich here, okay?).



(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

Smoked BratwurstTake these links off the direct heat and allow them to more gently cook to retain moisture and insert some great smoky flavor.



(Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Tiki DogsWe know, its different, but thats the point. The apricot sauce on top is reminiscent of that ubiquitous takeout duck sauce, which I happen to adore.



(Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Polish Boy. If you dont have a grill, you wont be let down by this over-the-top concoction from Michael Symon. But you could definitely cook the kielbasa outside, if you prefer.



(Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Charred Carrot Dogs. This unexpected vegan option is smoky and a little sweet and can take any condiment youd put on a more traditional beef or pork dog.



(Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Cookout Burger and Hot Dog Buns. Readers consistently rave about this recipe. The buns are a superb way to take your cookout to the next level.



(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Spicy Beer Mustard. Close to a year after we shot this photo, I can almost still feel the zing from this mustard that makes you keep wanting to go back for more. It would shine on top of a hot dog, and if you want the full ballpark experience, buy or make some soft pretzels, too.



(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Spicy, Sweet and Sour Corn RelishI happen to love a classic sweet pickle relish, though sometimes its nice to try a new topping. Keep this one in mind as summer corn starts to pour into the farmers markets.

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