Although the hot dog is pretty close to the bottom of the gourmet scale, only the ultimate food snob would say they don't get a twinge of pleasure once in awhile from indulging in a frank. I am one that considers a good hot dog a classic amongst comfort foods. It is one of the essentials that must be consumed when you’re at the ballpark. There's something magical about the hot dog, we learn to love them when we're little kids, and never become immune to their charms.
A hot dog is made with pork or beef or both. I prefer pork, although all-beef hot dogs are often more expensively made. The meat is ground finely with curing ingredients and the key to flavor is the spice mixture that is added. Some hot dogs are covered with a natural casing; those are usually among the best.
Hot dogs have come a long way in their evolution and there are Dog Houses in every major Metropolitan area of the country. During hot dog season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), 818 hotdogs are eaten every second. And on the Fourth of July Americans devour approximately 150 million hot dogs; that's enough to stretch from coast to coast five times, but for the month of July, Americans scarf down more than 2.3 billion hot dogs, equaling roughly seven hot dogs per person this month.
These days you’ll find bacon-wrapped fried hot dogs, chicken, turkey and even veggie dogs. When it comes down to toppings, a hot dog will work with them all which is why there are so many regional variations. From Michigan dogs to Chicago dogs to our East Coast Coney Island. Cities really do take their hot dogs seriously.
The grilling for the summer is not yet over, but during the month of July (Aug…Sept…ect ) make sure you stop at one of your favorite Dog Houses and order a few with the special toppings that you won’t be serving from your grill.