Hot Dogs -- The Great Debate I Never Knew About

Mustard and Blackie's Relish if you're fortunate enough to live nearby in Conn.

Also AFAIK mainstream Ketchup has NO vinegar. Its that corn syrup sweet I can't stand.

The primary ingredients in a typical modern ketchup are tomato concentrate, corn syrup (or other sugar), salt, spice and herb extracts (including celery), spice and garlic powder
Hypatian wrote:

My preferred hot dog is a kosher dog with chili, cheese (not the whiz, O merciful Allah, not the whiz!), onion, brown mustard, and a bit of hot sauce.

So you immediately un-kosher your kosher dog?

I often put ketchup on my hot dogs but don't have a particular preference for any one hot dog configuration. I've had hot dogs with all manner of things on them and most of them have been awesome. Some of the ones I've seen in this thread though...man, I'm getting hungry.

Chili, Mustard, Onions, Cheese. Chicago style is also acceptable. Ketchup if there is nothing else avaialable.

The real debate, however, is cooking methods: Grilled or Deep-Fried. Nothing else will be accepted.

Screw hot dogs, I had a fresh-made curry bratwurst from the Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC and it's friggin' awesome.

Mustard, buns, ketchup... these exist only to distract you from the wonderful nearly fat-free porcine goodness that is home-made sausage from a local German restaurant.

AnimeJ wrote:

The real debate, however, is cooking methods: Grilled or Deep-Fried. Nothing else will be accepted.

Say hello to broiling. It's like grilling, but upside-down! No flame-ups to char the dog, just a nice, even Maillard brown. (Char is not a valid flavor! It is a carcinogen!)

Minarchist wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

The real debate, however, is cooking methods: Grilled or Deep-Fried. Nothing else will be accepted.

Say hello to broiling. It's like grilling, but upside-down! No flame-ups to char the dog, just a nice, even Maillard brown. (Char is not a valid flavor! It is a carcinogen!)

Flameups mean you either a) don't know how to use a chimney or b) put the meat on the grill too soon. Grill markings from where the skin burned on the rack is accepted, and even required by law in some states.

muttonchop wrote:

People really argue about whether you should put ketchup on a hotdog? I'd love to see how they react to a Japadog.

Japadog was exactly what I thought of when I started reading this thread too. Best dogs in the city! That cart is like a block from my apartment, and it always has a lineup half a block long.

AnimeJ wrote:
Minarchist wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

The real debate, however, is cooking methods: Grilled or Deep-Fried. Nothing else will be accepted.

Say hello to broiling. It's like grilling, but upside-down! No flame-ups to char the dog, just a nice, even Maillard brown. (Char is not a valid flavor! It is a carcinogen!)

Flameups mean you either a) don't know how to use a chimney or b) put the meat on the grill too soon. Grill markings from where the skin burned on the rack is accepted, and even required by law in some states.

With most dogs they're somewhat unavoidable on a gas grill; agreed, they're avoidable on a charcoal grill, but you're talking about close to 45 minutes worth of preparation, versus simply turning on your oven for broiling, for very similar results.

Ketcup goes on any meat product that requires a bun.

I can't believe that a debate about hot dogs is as contentious as a debate about Certis is awesome in a Star Wars game.

Rat Boy wrote:

I can't believe that a debate about hot dogs is as contentious as a debate about Certis is awesome in a Star Wars game.

I didn't read any posts about you 'hitting it' over and over like the fist of an angry god...

....or is that just my roleplaying wishful thinking?

Also, the true topping of hotdogs in the simple fried onions and brown sauce - preferably HP.

Funkenpants wrote:

Those guys sell dogs in a city that was built on the hot dog.

...and garbage.

CannibalCrowley wrote:
Hypatian wrote:

My preferred hot dog is a kosher dog with chili, cheese (not the whiz, O merciful Allah, not the whiz!), onion, brown mustard, and a bit of hot sauce.

So you immediately un-kosher your kosher dog?

Absodamnlutely. It's not a kosher dog because I care about the kosher. It's a kosher dog because the best dogs are kosher.

And then delightfully polluted by sin before I put them in my mouth.

I'm the only one that likes BBQ sauce on hotdogs? If not BBQ, then ketchup will do. Onions are the only other allowable condiment for me.

I can't stand mustard. If some nitwit lets mustard even stain the bun of my burger or hotdog, the whole things goes in the trash.

While I prefer the taste of a grilled brat or german weiner, sometimes the body craves a hotdog.

Which should be served Chicago style OR with heaping mounds of chili, onions, jalapenos, cheese, and potato chips (crunched up on top of the dog).

Or, a 1 am over a bonfire while halfway through your case of busch light.

classy...

Hot dogs are fantastic with anything on them. My latest have been organic uncured hot dogs that I toss in boiling water for 4 minutes. Then topped with ketchup and yellow mustard. Of course I'd take just about anything on them too. I think the only way you can ruin a hot dog is the bun. Ever had a dog with a gigantic roll around it? Takes away the taste of the hot dog. The bun needs to be thin and unobtrusive but still holds the toppings and dog away from your hand. Never use whole wheat hoagie rolls for hot dogs!

Ranger Rick wrote:

Screw hot dogs, I had a fresh-made curry bratwurst from the Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC and it's friggin' awesome.

Mustard, buns, ketchup... these exist only to distract you from the wonderful nearly fat-free porcine goodness that is home-made sausage from a local German restaurant.

At the risk of a thread derail - Thumbs up for the Bavarian Brathaus? I've not made it over there yet, but I've been hearing good things about the place.

I don't usually post links to my site but for something this important:

http://tleaves.com/2004/10/13/hot-do...

I can't decide which type of spoiler to put on my Yugo. Which will make it look coolest?

Rat Boy wrote:

Says the guy with the Barbie fetish.

If scaled into real life proportions, she would be 5 feet, 9 inches measuring 36-18-33.
Hypatian wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:
Hypatian wrote:

My preferred hot dog is a kosher dog with chili, cheese (not the whiz, O merciful Allah, not the whiz!), onion, brown mustard, and a bit of hot sauce.

So you immediately un-kosher your kosher dog?

Absodamnlutely. It's not a kosher dog because I care about the kosher. It's a kosher dog because the best dogs are kosher.

And then delightfully polluted by sin before I put them in my mouth.

So, it must be a Mexican dog?

So, um, back to the story at hand...

In Israel, they're calling this the "Mexican flu."

Because they don't want to offend Jews and Muslims.

I guess Mexicans are kosher.

Tyrian wrote:

At the risk of a thread derail - Thumbs up for the Bavarian Brathaus? I've not made it over there yet, but I've been hearing good things about the place.

Totally excellent. Service was a tad slow, but the food is destructively great. Schnitzel, Spätzle, Bratwurst all artery-cloggingly good, and I'm told the herring was excellent as well. Been there twice now since I've heard about it (and took home some of their wurst for home cooking, they sell it frozen), and I have not been disappointed.

By the way, as any New Yorker knows, the only proper drink that goes with a hot dog is a papaya drink.

See Gray's Papaya or Papaya King.

CannibalCrowley wrote:

No, it's a salad that just happens to have a hot dog as an ingredient. Hot dogs are a junk food and as such are best with chili and cheese.

In school, we used to go to 7-eleven late night, get a couple of big bites and load them up from the chili and cheese machines. We dubbed it the indigestion dog.

dhaelis wrote:

The way of the one true mustard is the only thing that should adorn a hot-dog.

Go ahead, check: it's in the Bible.

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This^

Mustard and maybe green olives is all a hot dog needs to be perfect.

Also - I think for the next Vancouver S&T - we should hold it somewhere near the Japadog cart. Sooo good!

Ranger Rick wrote:
Tyrian wrote:

At the risk of a thread derail - Thumbs up for the Bavarian Brathaus? I've not made it over there yet, but I've been hearing good things about the place.

Totally excellent. Service was a tad slow, but the food is destructively great. Schnitzel, Spätzle, Bratwurst all artery-cloggingly good, and I'm told the herring was excellent as well. Been there twice now since I've heard about it (and took home some of their wurst for home cooking, they sell it frozen), and I have not been disappointed.

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http://www.schmankerlstube.com/

I like my dogs nude.

I asked my friend if he preferred ketchup or mustard on a hot dog and he replied, "Mayo."

Mayo.

I twitched and realized I didn't know him anymore.

My wife likes them chopped up and tossed in kimcheejigae.

Paleocon wrote:

At the risk of incurring the wrath of you all, hot dogs are best chopped up and mixed in with mac and cheese... or ramen noodles.

True, but that still leaves the question of what to put in the Mac & Cheese, mustard or ketchup?