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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Coleslaw vs. Relish vs. Sauerkraut: Does It Even Matter?

It’s hard not to love a hot dog, with a soft, fresh bun and hot mouthwatering meat. But as wonderful as the basics may be on their own, adding some sweet-n-sour snap to that bad boy turbocharges that humble hot dog into manna from heaven. But what, exactly to add? Ah, there’s the rub. Some…


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Finding the Perfect Mustard for Your Dog

Somewhere–probably buried in a time capsule beneath the Coney Island Cyclone–there must be a dusty, cobweb-covered tome that smells of smoke and mildew. And somewhere, deep within that book, there must be law–still in effect, but hardly ever evoked–that clearly states: Hot dogs must be eaten with mustard. Why is this, you ask? Well, there…


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Veggie Dogs? Well, They’re Better than Nothing …

Here at WVHD, we are about all things hot dog. Sure, we’re partial to the West Virginia slaw dog, but our love extends beyond that to include Chicago-style, New York-style, and more. Put pineapples on your dog? Chipotle? Reindeer meat? We try to offer something for everyone. So today we’re going to talk about something…


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What Is a West Virginia Hot Dog?

While we’re totally open to discuss the merits of any type of frank, it’s good to touch base now and then on our first love: the West Virginia Hot Dog … sometimes known as the slaw dog. The slaw dog is a delicious but somewhat odd combination of a frank, chili, mustard, and finely chopped…


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I Wish I Were a Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

What do you call a college graduate that gives up a year of his or her life to meander about the country in a charmingly garish and instantly recognizable rolling public relations stunt? A hotdogger. The year 2016 marked  the 80th anniversary of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a 27-foot-long, completely street-legal, bright orange, red, and…


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Get Your Classic Franks Online

In an interview, entrepreneur Monica Eaton-Cardone said, “Hearing that someone wants to be like you is the greatest compliment a leader can receive.” There’s a lot of truth there–imitation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery–but there is also a lot to be said for being the genuine article. While West Virginia has its…


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Want a Perfectly Grilled Hot Dog? Don’t Do This

No question, we love hot dogs of all styles, but nothing truly beats the taste of a delicious grilled hot dog. But if your dogs don’t seem to be living up to your expectations, we have some tips. Here are some of the most common areas where grillers make mistakes when cooking their dogs. They…


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Hot Dogs: A Concise History

Here’s a fun fact you might not be aware of: technically speaking, brats, sausages, wieners, and frankfurters aren’t hot dogs. We use the terms more or less interchangeably (even on this site), but if you want to be pedantic, these goodies don’t actually become hot dogs until you add one more ingredient: a bun. It’s…


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The Right Way to Grill Hot Dogs

Summer is winding down, but there are still enough warm Saturdays left in the year to get the grill going, so we thought we’d share a few insider tips on how to grill the perfect frank every time. It’s a little more complicated than you might think. Sure, hot dogs are already fully cooked when…


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