Get your dogs and your buns…It’s time to light up the grill! If there’s one day a year where you’re likely to be eating a hot dog, it’s definitely this weekend. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yup, that really exists) Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on July 4th we eat close to 150 million.
There’s no debating that the hot dog is an iconic American food, but with a variety of condiments being used in different parts of the country, choosing one is not an easy choice. You could create your own personal hot dog eating contest over the July 4th holiday and eat them all, but we don’t recommend that, and we’re thinking most doctors would agree with us. So we took it upon ourselves to sample several different types and determine the top 5 hot dogs in America.Chicago
Not a big surprise here at #1. Unlike the Cubs, Chicago has quite the winning streak when it comes to hot dogs. Dating all the way back to 1893, the hot dog was first introduced at the World’s Fair. To Chicagoans, its “dragged through the garden” style is how a true hot dog should be made, and no matter what someone tells you, a Chicago dog should never include ketchup.
– Poppy seed bun
– Pickle spear
– Chopped onions
– Tomato slices
– Pickled peppers
Let’s be serious, adding bacon to anything is bound to succeed. With some southern flare, Memphis went in the exact opposite direction of Chicago’s veggie heavy dog and we loved every bite of it. After eating one of these dogs you may need to relax a bit and go…walking in Memphis.
Let’s help set the mood for this one.
– Bacon wrapped hot dog
– BBQ sauce
– Shredded cheddar cheese
Buffalo wings became popular in the 80’s and early 90’s. The success of the Buffalo Bills football team particularly created heavy amounts of national media coverage for the city of Buffalo and it wasn’t long before the rest of the country was spicing up their chicken. But over the last decade, Buffalo sauce has become one of the most widely used condiments, adding new savory flavor to pizza, salad and macaroni and cheese. So it’s no surprise that this sauce is now invading the hot dog market.
– Buffalo sauce
– Blue cheeseRhode Island
The surprise dog of the group was easily the Rhode Island dog, also known as a hot wiener. I’ll admit, this was one hot dog that not many of us had heard of, but thankfully we had a Rhode Island native among us and he made sure we included it. It definitely didn’t let us down though. Try one of these dogs, and you won’t be looking for fresh sea food the next time you’re in Rhode Island.
– Olneyville New York System’s Meat Sauce
– Chopped onion
This list wouldn’t be complete without a New York dog. Hot dog carts can be found all over the globe, but I can’t help but think of New York City every time I see a hot dog cart. In New York, there’s a good chance you’ll see just as many Yankee hats as you will hot dog carts, and for good reason. The New York hot dog is a must try for anyone visiting NYC for first time. If you’re traveling to New York City this summer, make sure this activity is at the top of your to do list.
– Onion sauce
Whatever your 4th of July weekend includes, make sure you try one of these delicious American style hot dogs. Or…You could have your own sampling contest with some friends and pick your own favorites! Be sure to share your photos with us on Twitter @EFExplore. Have a happy July 4th from EF Explore America.