posted on Oct, 1 2018 @ 04:20 AM
First off, the hot dogs they sell at most grocery stores are absolute GARBAGE! I love a good hot dog, and grocery store fare is simply inedible (even
Hebrew Nationals...and Nathan's make me wanna' barf!). If you want a good hot dog, then you have to start with a "good" hot dog. The first thing you
need for a good hot dog is a natural casing. The natural casings keep the juices and flavors inside the dog. Skinless franks have all sorts of
binders in them to keep them from falling apart. I don't want to eat that!
I've been on a quest to find the ultimate hot dog source. If you've ever had a real Coney Dog, those are usually made with some pretty good hot dogs.
My search started there. What I found was there are a couple (likely more) really good sources for hot dogs. One of them is Kowalski (out of
Michigan), and another is Dearborn brand (also out of Michigan). Vienna Beef is another and so is Kayem (out of Mass.). They don't sell these in
most stores, you have to order them and you have to order them in some fairly large quantities (like 80-100 at a time). They freeze well, so no issue
there (although I swear I could sit down and eat 80 really "good" hot dogs in one sitting...not gonna' try though).
The next thing to know is, the really good hot dog makers don't come from Germany at all (contrary to what the name Frankfurter might suggest). They
come from Poland! The Polish nailed the hot dog market, and this is the source for most of the really good Coney places.
If it don't snap when you bite into it, it's not a real "hot dog".
Now for cooking. In my opinion, the correct way to cook a hot dog is to grill them (ideally on a griddle). A BBQ will sort o work, but for really
good dogs you need to do them on a flat cooking surface like a pan or griddle. And, they need to be turned regularly so they get nice and golden on
the outside, but not split.
Now, there are the hard core guys who say a 'real' hot dog never has catsup on it. In fact, they will say a 'real' hot dog can have everything BUT
catsup on it. I'm not sure I agree, completely. I like ketchup now and again. But one of the real 'deal makers' on a good hot dog (again, in my
opinion) is some good mayo (something like Dukes). And, it can be even better if you spread some on a bun and grill it briefly, then add a bit more
on the dog itself (with the other condiments of choice of course).
That's my story on hot dogs...and I'm stickin' to it.