The boys of summer are back and everyone is gearing up for another baseball season. It could be the major league or the local pony league, but everyone loves a good hot dog. Hot dogs are a staple of baseball games and when our favorite team is on in 15 minutes, we need easy recipes that are out of this world. There are three things that make a hot dog great: meat, condiments and buns. Let’s explore shall we.
#1 The Meat is the Star
Rule number one — there is only ONE meat in a hot dog. If you’re buying the cheap beef, chicken and pork variety; then officially hand over your man card. Also, if your hot dog is made entirely of pork, then it’s a sausage and not a hot dog. A real baseball dog is 100 percent pure beef. You can choose whatever brand you want, but it has to be beef.
There are two methods of cooking: boiling and grilling. Both are used by stadiums across the country and one stadium even does both. Both have their own sets of pros and cons, but it’s all about preference.
#2 The Condiments Accent Taste
The first thing you need to know is to slice the hot dog down the middle. This create a V-shape and helps hold in the condiments. You can pretty much put anything on a hot dog, but some favorites are relish, sauerkraut, onions and mustard; chili and cheese; ketchup and mustard, etc. I’ve even heard of people putting mayonnaise, goat cheese and everything else on a dog. My personal favorite is “The Everything” dog. Pile relish, sauerkraut, cheese, mustard, ketchup, salsa, onions and the kitchen sink if you can unhook it.
#3 The Bun Holds it all Together
The standard hot dog buns you find in the store are fine, but if you’re looking for a “Chicago Style” then you need a poppy seed bun. Also, NEVER put ketchup on a “Chicago Style” dog and if you do, NEVER tell someone from Chicago you did it.
While most buns open at the top and we place the hot dog into it, there is also another variation. The Austrians cut the end off of a baguette, hollow out the middle and stick the hotdog in the middle. Yeah, I thought it was weird too. However, the Hawaiians have a similar dog called the “Puka Dog,” which is extremely popular so it can’t be too weird.
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