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By Justin Chapple

To celebrate National Hot Dog Day, kick your hot dog game up a notch with these three incredible tricks from Justin Chapple, the test kitchen pro behind Food & Wine's Mad Genius Tips.

Tip 1: Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs

TODAY Show: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with three kitchen hacks from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple. – July 23, 2015. Spiral-cut hot dogs, braided hot dogs, and cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dogsSamantha Okazaki / TODAY

Why: Spiral-cut hot dogs have lots of nooks and crannies that act as a catch-all for fun toppings. Plus, the edges get extra crispy and delicious!

TODAY Show: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with three kitchen hacks from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple. – July 23, 2015. Spiral-cut hot dogs, braided hot dogs, and cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dogsSamantha Okazaki / TODAY

How: Insert a skewer through each hot dog and, with a small knife, cut at an angle while rolling the hot dog away from you. Slide the hot dog off the skewer, stretch out the spirals, then grill.

Tip 2: Braided Hot Dogs

TODAY Show: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with three kitchen hacks from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple. – July 23, 2015. Spiral-cut hot dogs, braided hot dogs, and cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dogsSamantha Okazaki / TODAY

Why: Weaving hot dogs with puffed pastry makes an insanely fun, addictive party snack. You'll want to share this one on Instagram, for sure!

How: Using a sharp knife, cut a quarter sheet of puffed pastry into 1/2-inch-wide strips and then arrange all but 2 of the strips in one direction on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Weave hot dogs through the strips of puffed pastry into a tight lattice, then place the reserved strips on the ends and press to seal. Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the dough is puffed and golden.

Try Sunny Anderson's dressed up hot dogs

Tip 3: Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

TODAY Show: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with three kitchen hacks from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple. – July 23, 2015. Spiral-cut hot dogs, braided hot dogs, and cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dogsSamantha Okazaki / TODAY

Why: Because there's no better way to make a crowd happy than with a hot dog stuffed with cheese and wrapped in smoky bacon.

How: Using a small knife, make a shallow, lengthwise slit in a hot dog and stuff it with sliced cheese. Wrap the hot dog in bacon and then cook in a skillet or on a grill until the bacon is crisp and the hot dog is heated through.