5 of the Craziest, Tastiest Hot Dogs in the South

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? While we’re big fans of “traditional” franks with sweet relish, chili or cheese (or, of course, the infamous West Virginia Hot Dog, piled high with chili, slaw, mustard, and onions), there are tons of places that put a twist on a classic to produce some…


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Surprising Hot Dog Grilling “Don’t”s

Not to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the fact is, summer is almost over. Kids will be going back to school, grills will be cleaned and covered, and that’s the end of another hot dog season. But wait! There’s no need for despair—at least not yet. We’ve still got Labor Day picnics to…


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What Do You Mean by “Hot Dog”?

Everyone knows what a hot dog is, right? Are you sure? Certainly there is an overall agreement as to what a hot dog is, but the overall doesn’t always match the specifics. For example, take the word “fraud”: the exact meaning can obviously have different meanings based on context, but even within the context of…


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Where the Weiner Meets the Grill

When it comes to outdoor grilling, the world can be divided into two camps: the ones who prefer hamburgers, and the ones who prefer hot dogs. Show up a picnic of family reunion a little late and you won’t have any trouble making out who belongs to which side. We’re on the hot dog side,…


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The States of the (Hot Dog) Union

If you’re trying to start a fight, try offering a New Yorker a Chicago-style hot dog or vice versa. Then you’d better duck: when it comes to loyalty, hot dog aficionados tend to love their hometown hot dog even more than their hometown baseball team. They tend to have issue with that whole “the customer…


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The Really Truly Only Bestest Way to Cook a Hot Dog

The post we did a couple weeks back on how to cook hot dogs got a bit of a response—most of it arguing that we didn’t know how to cook hot dogs at all! The nerve! To be honest, however, we weren’t particularly offended—many of our posts are deliberately “high-level” to appeal to the widest…


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In Search for a Healthy Hot Dog, Part 2

In a world where IoT experts claim we’ll soon have connected wearable devices that track our heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, metabolic rate, and more, it’s safe to say that we’re entering a new age of health-consciousness. Does that mean the hot dogs days are numbered? We’ve previously written here about ways to get…


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A Few Hints for Cooking Hot Dogs

Regardless of its origins—which we’ve discussed here before–the hotdog-in-a-bun is a true-blue American tradition. What could be better than biting into a freshly grilled red hot at the ball park on a sunny spring afternoon? Or even the anticipatory aroma of franks on the campfire on a chilly autumn night? Makes your mouth water just…


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In Search for a Healthy Hot Dog, Part 1

Despite their endless flavors, varieties, and possibilities, at the end of the day, hot dogs are quick and cheap–and when you’re hungry, they can really hit the spot. During peak hot dog season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. But the fact is, they’re delicious and edible year-round. Having…


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Unearthing the History of the Hot Dog

Here’s a question: where did the term “hot dog” actually come from? Ask it aloud and you’re likely to start a debate that tops the combined arguments for the existence of Yeti, the location of Elvis, and the truth behind Area 51. Everyone, it seems, wants to claim responsibility for naming the All-American tradition: there…


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