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John Smith
04-18-2015, 05:08 PM
Our guests today wanted hot dogs for dinner. Lots of brands in the Shoprite. Bought Oscar Meyer. Not impressed.

Wasn't impressed last time with the hot dogs from, I think Ball Park.

We don't have dogs much. Maybe this is why.

So I put it to the bilge: Anyone got a brand to recommend?

Rich Jones
04-18-2015, 05:13 PM
Nope. My wife won't permit them in the house. Sigh.....

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 05:16 PM
Nope. My wife won't permit them in the house. Sigh.....wtf

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 05:17 PM
So I put it to the bilge: Anyone got a brand to recommend?Nathans or Hebrew National

ron ll
04-18-2015, 05:25 PM
http://www.aidells.com/sites/default/files/AID_12oz_AN_HGC-DL-FC623520-02.jpg?1370455890

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 05:32 PM
those ain't hot dogs

jclays
04-18-2015, 05:43 PM
Nathans, Hebrew national or Vienna beef.

elf
04-18-2015, 05:45 PM
Hebrew National. I don't find any flavor in those non-beef/pork dogs. Usually I purchase the knocks and slice them longways down the middle. Each one makes two good dogs and they don't slide out of the bun.

And the bun has to be a squishy American bread kind, too. With catsup/mustard/sweet pickle relish.

Reynard38
04-18-2015, 06:02 PM
Hebrew National. Those Jew Boys can sure make a hot dog! ;)

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 06:15 PM
John, it doesn't end with the choice of frank, you gotta cook it and serve it up right. . .

here's one very excellent way, not to the exclusion of others

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/GoldCoastChardog.jpg

Rich Jones
04-18-2015, 06:20 PM
wtf To my wife, hot dogs fall under the category of "crap" food not fit for human consumption. I'd object, but she's an absolutely tremendous chef who always comes up with something much better.

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 06:21 PM
A Ripper?i guess that's what y'all call them, i thought they were char dogs
mainly i was referring to chicago style

Paul Pless
04-18-2015, 06:23 PM
I'd object, but she's an absolutely tremendous chef who always comes up with something much better.

dude

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/ed/4b/fb/ed4bfb92fa25cb9b24759f8e4d6e444d.jpg

John Smith
04-18-2015, 06:30 PM
Mine were covered in sauerkraut and hd relish.

Next time we'll try Hebrew National.

One thing I miss since we moved is Rutt's Hut. They made a great hot dog.

Memphis Mike
04-18-2015, 06:33 PM
Circle B brand. It's the dye that makes em sooo good.

http://scene7.samsclub.com/is/image/samsclub/0002980041814_A?$img_size_380x380$

ron ll
04-18-2015, 06:34 PM
those ain't hot dogs

Closest thing I can get in the house. And they're pretty darn tasty.

Keith Wilson
04-18-2015, 07:23 PM
These are pretty good, if you don't mind stuff your cardiologist would have hysterics about. I don't know if they sell 'em in NJ

http://i5.walmartimages.com/dfw/dce07b8c-6be1/k2-_65c7ff8f-9a71-4947-9239-167d9f2ac088.v1.jpg

bobbys
04-18-2015, 07:35 PM
my wife's grandfather was friends with Ocsar Meyer. In Chicago ..

Sometimes I like a cheap hot dawg in a bun.

mainly I eat a Costco dawg..

I always got a hot day when I went to Shea stadium or Yankees stadium with a warm beer in a cup..

DAWG HERE GETCHA DAWG HERE.

Breakaway
04-18-2015, 07:42 PM
Sabrett. The best.

http://www.sabrett.com/images/label-natural-casing-lg.jpg

Kevin

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Keith Wilson
04-18-2015, 07:47 PM
Yeah, but Sabrett's hot dogs don't taste right unless you buy and eat them on the street, with lots of traffic. They're just not the same without a bit of diesel smoke.

CWSmith
04-18-2015, 07:50 PM
Hebrew National, fried or grilled.

Beowolf
04-18-2015, 08:28 PM
These are my favorites with chili, cheese and onions.

http://www.koegelmeats.com/picts/slide1b.jpg

Lew Barrett
04-18-2015, 08:36 PM
Hebrew National, fried or grilled.

I'm relieved and proud to see you won't be boiling them. Grilled works fine. Sauerkraut and mustard, NY Jew boy style (hi Reynard!) is all I need, but bring a NY Jew boy, that's just how it's done where I grew up. Tastes may vary and I'm not saying how anybody should enjoy theirs (although please, not around me) but it always amuses me to see them called Coneys when in the south or midwest. Then they are served with ketchup, jalapenos, cheese, chili, what-have you. No self respecting Coney Island hot dog would be seen dressed as such an abomination! Fried onions can be substituted for the kraut without shame though.

moTthediesel
04-18-2015, 09:00 PM
If you're from Rochester, it's this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/images/20110702-zweigles-popopen-1.jpg

But -- if you're from Syracuse, it's gotta be this:

http://www.takeru-kobayashi.com/blog/250922_335293379883460_1146505926_n.jpg

moTthediesel
04-18-2015, 09:21 PM
I lived in between, in Camillus. I don't remember either of them.

Your loss I'm afraid....

Mrleft8
04-18-2015, 10:02 PM
Hummells and/ or Rossellers

Chip-skiff
04-18-2015, 10:33 PM
Our local joint, the Butcher Block, has great franks. But they're huge and don't shrink when grilled. No bun is big enough.

So I buy a baguette and slice it.

Lew Barrett
04-18-2015, 11:00 PM
We boil them first, to remove salt and grease. Then finish them on the grill.

Fair enough, as long as they hit the grill for finishing. I know what you mean about the saltiness but isn't some grease part of the appeal?

Nicholas Carey
04-18-2015, 11:10 PM
Sabrett. The best.



Hebrew National, fried or grilled.


The great New York City Schism. Bigger than Yankees v. Mets. Bigger than the Knicks v. Nets. Bigger than H+H Bagels v. Zabar's.

I'm a Hebrew National guy myself. As far as bagels go, Moishe's, on the lower East Side is the best.

John Smith
04-19-2015, 07:26 AM
The problem I've created with this thread is the temptation to eat more hot dogs just to try the different brands.

My Cardiologist is a bit amazed that my double by-pass from '96 has held up so well. My blood pressure is under control and my stress test is always good. I've got enough other problems to make up for it.

I'm so tired, lack of energy tired, it's depressing. Or maybe I'm depressed first and that makes for being tired. Maybe they just feed off each other.

That's fodder for another thread.

Paul Pless
04-19-2015, 07:43 AM
uh oh

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkmx2wRQGz1qgv36uo1_400.jpg

http://cdn.nexternal.com/vegane/images/TofuLinks.jpg

http://firemeibegyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/TofurkyHotDogsLG-300x213.jpg

John Smith
04-19-2015, 07:47 AM
Imitation dogs?

I remember hot dogs tasting better. I wonder if they've changed or if I've changed.

SMARTINSEN
04-19-2015, 08:17 AM
uh oh

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkmx2wRQGz1qgv36uo1_400.jpg

http://cdn.nexternal.com/vegane/images/TofuLinks.jpg

http://firemeibegyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/TofurkyHotDogsLG-300x213.jpg

Tofu Pups are the best of the vegan hot dogs, no substitute for the real thing, though.

Jim Mahan
04-19-2015, 08:32 AM
I'm so tired, lack of energy tired, it's depressing. Or maybe I'm depressed first and that makes for being tired. Maybe they just feed off each other. That's fodder for another thread.

For that, eating your dogs without buns is a good start to fix that.

Hot dogs, which is just a version of sausage, meat scraps in casings, started out, in various cultures as a way to get the most of the buck for the bang. As it were. Use it all, save it all, eat it later on, down the road. Or in winter. And like lots of other things that got invented many times all around the globe, the best eventually get noticed to the point of being revered and known nationally. It's the same for lots of foods, bread, beer, cheese, booze of all kinds, etc. The best sausage, or in America, the best hot dog, is the result of common folks trying to make something decent to eat from the ass-end of something the rest of which they've already eaten, and getting so good at it that it becomes a contest to see who can deliver the best 'ass-end of something the rest of which has already been eaten.' The best dog you can get is the one you can get where you are. And because places like ball parks and amusement parks want to entice and placate and loosen up the purse strings of the passersby and other rubes, they offer what is, at bottom, the thing that will sell and that will have the most profit margin by virtue of using the cheapest materials and having little overhead. The best beer is the one the cantina has on hand.

A hot dog story.

Back in the day, mostly while I was away in the AF, my old man and his best bud would ride motorcycles together on the rural backroads of the northern SF bay area, Marin and Sonoma, Napa. The two of them would get all suited up and meet either on the road or at my house, and then spend the day getting slowly sauced. They would ride for twenty minutes and then pull over at some scenic place, pour white wine into plastic cups, and eat peanuts, smoke a cigar until it was time to go do it again. From somewhere they got the notion to make a point of not paying any entrance fees to the California state or county parks they wanted to stop in. They would just park and the schmooze whatever attendant was there to take their fee, explaining that they weren't really using the park, they were just taking a break and they'd be on their way, so a fee wasn't necessary. If they got any grief over it they'd just motor on. They never got any grief.
One fine Saturday, the two of them stop at a roadside diner somewhere, and while they're having a glass of wine and a smoke in the little gravel parking lot, they notice a sign prominently displayed announcing foot-long hot dogs, and then they notice it's time for something more serious to nosh than salted peanuts in the shell. So they go in, dressed in jeans and motorcycle leather, and order a pair of foot-longs, and start schmoozing the young woman behind the counter. Out of nowhere one of them announces that the foot-longs had better be an actual foot long, because they are federal hot dog inspectors, and if the foot-longs aren't, there will be a report and probably a fine. The young woman, no doubt innocent as the day is long, and at the same time, as a family member helping her old man make a buck selling foot-longs to tourists, primed to protect the family business, starts assuring the two inspectors that the dogs really are that long, they've never had complaints, "Bob, there's some guys here from the government?"

Or as someone who looks like Mark Twain might have said once, the best dog is the free dog...

Tom Montgomery
04-19-2015, 08:44 AM
I like Nathan’s natural casing beef frankfurters best. I think Boar’s Head natural casing beef frankfurters are also good. Hebrew National beef franks are OK in a pinch.

All the other supermarket hot dogs around here suck IMO.

As for garnish... I like chili sauce or mustard and sauerkraut.

And there is only one mustard I'll put on a hot dog:

http://www.soupbase.com/images/BertMustLg-L.jpg

Canoeyawl
04-19-2015, 01:38 PM
Vienna Beef - natural casing. The only hot dog worth eating.

All other brands are basically dog treats.

We used to think that, but the dog turns up her nose at hot dogs now.

ccmanuals
04-19-2015, 08:24 PM
Best hd in the country. No doubt.

http://www.zweigles.com/

http://scene7.samsclub.com/is/image/samsclub/0007053400101_A?$img_size_380x380$

bobbys
04-19-2015, 08:41 PM
One has to eat a cheap supermarket hot DAWG once in awhile as to build up immunities. In the body.

Same thing I drink from slow moving creeks, drink cheap beer,, eat green bread, kiss wayward woman randomly ,builds up against the real bad bugs.

Phillip Allen
04-19-2015, 09:46 PM
gad this place is full of food snobs

Chip-skiff
04-19-2015, 10:20 PM
Sounds like you are more of a limosine liberal then a working class hero like me lol

The fact that you can't spell limousine doesn't make you a hero.

How about Working Class Zero?

pcford
04-20-2015, 01:17 AM
You bet I am... if a Honda Fit and a Toyota truck and a vintage Honda motorcycle are limousines...

I do have a pretty cool longboard/skateboard that my son sometimes let me ride. THAT'S pretty stylin' and might qualify.

But... preferring real food to the dregs they put in commercial hot dogs. Naaah... I get enough sawdust in my diet!

Gotta agree with bobbys. Hey! Hot dogs are ground up a__holes and eyeballs. There is no gourmet version of that. So don't be putting on airs. C'mon.

Tom Montgomery
04-20-2015, 03:40 AM
gad this place is full of food snobs
It is astounding that a thread on HOT DOGS could prompt such a reaction!

Only in the Bilge....

Paul Pless
04-20-2015, 05:10 AM
It is astounding that a thread on HOT DOGS could prompt such a reaction!

Only in the Bilge....only from phillip allen

John Smith
04-20-2015, 07:59 AM
It is astounding that a thread on HOT DOGS could prompt such a reaction!

Only in the Bilge....

I was thinking the same thing. Lot more attention here than I expected. It's appreciated.

Paul Pless
04-20-2015, 08:02 AM
For that, eating your dogs without buns is a good start to fix that.

Hot dogs, which is just a version of sausage, meat scraps in casings, started out, in various cultures as a way to get the most of the buck for the bang. As it were. Use it all, save it all, eat it later on, down the road. Or in winter. And like lots of other things that got invented many times all around the globe, the best eventually get noticed to the point of being revered and known nationally. It's the same for lots of foods, bread, beer, cheese, booze of all kinds, etc. The best sausage, or in America, the best hot dog, is the result of common folks trying to make something decent to eat from the ass-end of something the rest of which they've already eaten, and getting so good at it that it becomes a contest to see who can deliver the best 'ass-end of something the rest of which has already been eaten.' The best dog you can get is the one you can get where you are. And because places like ball parks and amusement parks want to entice and placate and loosen up the purse strings of the passersby and other rubes, they offer what is, at bottom, the thing that will sell and that will have the most profit margin by virtue of using the cheapest materials and having little overhead. The best beer is the one the cantina has on hand.

A hot dog story.

Back in the day, mostly while I was away in the AF, my old man and his best bud would ride motorcycles together on the rural backroads of the northern SF bay area, Marin and Sonoma, Napa. The two of them would get all suited up and meet either on the road or at my house, and then spend the day getting slowly sauced. They would ride for twenty minutes and then pull over at some scenic place, pour white wine into plastic cups, and eat peanuts, smoke a cigar until it was time to go do it again. From somewhere they got the notion to make a point of not paying any entrance fees to the California state or county parks they wanted to stop in. They would just park and the schmooze whatever attendant was there to take their fee, explaining that they weren't really using the park, they were just taking a break and they'd be on their way, so a fee wasn't necessary. If they got any grief over it they'd just motor on. They never got any grief.
One fine Saturday, the two of them stop at a roadside diner somewhere, and while they're having a glass of wine and a smoke in the little gravel parking lot, they notice a sign prominently displayed announcing foot-long hot dogs, and then they notice it's time for something more serious to nosh than salted peanuts in the shell. So they go in, dressed in jeans and motorcycle leather, and order a pair of foot-longs, and start schmoozing the young woman behind the counter. Out of nowhere one of them announces that the foot-longs had better be an actual foot long, because they are federal hot dog inspectors, and if the foot-longs aren't, there will be a report and probably a fine. The young woman, no doubt innocent as the day is long, and at the same time, as a family member helping her old man make a buck selling foot-longs to tourists, primed to protect the family business, starts assuring the two inspectors that the dogs really are that long, they've never had complaints, "Bob, there's some guys here from the government?"

Or as someone who looks like Mark Twain might have said once, the best dog is the free dog...
interesting post and fun story
thanks for taking the time to post it

wine, cigars, and motorcycles - what a combination