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Old 06-22-2007, 06:59 PM
 
Location: California
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Default What makes a good hot dog?

The food channel is killing me with their best tasting hot dog show. I would like to know how do you make a really good hot dog, what type of dog, best way to cook it and best fixings, I've ate a lot of hot dogs and i like them but I've never had a super good dog and i want one right now. How do you make a good chili for a dog?
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:08 PM
 
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I think what makes a "good" hot dog is pretty subjective. Personally. I say give me a Hebrew National soaking in hot water for hours on a regular bun with a little sauerkraut and mustard. Some people prefer it loaded with all of those toppings. Some people love it thrown on the grill, or the ones cooked in the hot dog cookers like at convience stores! Some people like the chili spicy, others want it mild. I can not reccomend a good chili recipe, though!
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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IMO, sprinkle some celery salt (I like the powder), Chicago style! Give me any kind of dog with mustard, maybe some raw onions & the celery & that's my best dog :>) And as long as the roll is good & fresh.
I also like to fry them at home.
Sorry, I don't know about Chilli either, but Wendy's a few years ago would have been good to chuck on there! Don't know about Wendy's today. Hope you try some celery YUM!!
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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On the board walk in Dania Beach Fla they start with a natural casing beef hot dog add onions, tomatoes, diced cucumber and sprinkle celery salt and what ever condiments you want. Great Stuff!
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Old 06-23-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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The right mustard makes a good hot dog.
I like to mix yellow and spicy brown--dijon if it is available. And always onions.

I wish I could find the ? caraway seed rolls. Can't recall which city has them--featured on the food channel tour.

What I really hate is a tough/dry hot dog bun--ruins the experience--but the mustard always helps.

The Varsity/Atlanta, GA has the best chili dogs --must have the onion rings and a Frosty Orange with them.
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:52 AM
 
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As far as mustard on a good dog I'll take Webers hands down... and, if you look at the ingredients on a pack of dogs and the first word is "mechanically" drop it like a hot potato. You can go to Buffalo Foods dot com and have some good ones delivered overnite, Sahlens or Wardinski's. The best place to buy them locally is at your butcher shop, not a meat dept. in a supermarket. Natural casing is pretty much a must. Sabrette's makes a pretty decent red onion sause that is very good too.I saw the show you're talking about and I loved it... pretty wild about the one place (I forgot where) that cooked them in something like 92 year old grease/oil in the big drum. I may have to fire up the charcoal grill now and, yes, I believe I will.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: California
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Thanks for the replies
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere East of Laramie
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I like the ones we get in a local classic roadside joint--deep fried 'wellies' or 'rippers', cooked 'til they split open with sauerkraut and good mustard along with a Birch Beer, Good Stuff!
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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On the charcoal grill with some infamous Flo's relish out of Maine as the topper. It's all how you prepare it, what's inside the hotdogs is a dime-a-dozen.
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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If it's red and from Maine, it's a good dog. (No. They are not flavored with lobster, nor are they a hot sausage!)
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