The top hot dog-consuming cities
In honor of Labor Day, I guess, Ball Park Franks sent me a list of the Top 10 Hot Dog-Consuming Cities. A weaker person than I would save it for next Tuesday, but I'm better than that. I'm going to use it today. (It helps that Shallow Thought John sent me an excellent Top 10 that I can use so I don't have to be working on one on Labor Day.)
Anyway, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, an organization I didn't even know existed, Americans consume some seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I'm too lazy to look up how many people live in the United States, but that figure seems high to me.
I feel like I personally would have had to have eaten more than seven hot dogs this summer, and I haven't.
Anyway, Baltimore is quite high up on the hot dog-consuming list, which also came with the recipes that made them so consumable in each city. I have issues with that part, too, and I think you'll agree with me when you see the list. ...
There's not much more to say about hot dogs that we haven't already said earlier on this blog. Except maybe about the buns, whether they should be grilled or not. (I vote yes.)Here's the list:
"Based on data from Information Resources Inc., here's a look at the top 10 hot dog consuming cities and the recipes that make them hometown favorites:
1. New York (NY) - Considered the hot dog capital of the nation by many Americans, New York City's infamous street cart dog is boiled and then served with a special onion sauce and deli-style yellow mustard or in some cases, sauerkraut
2. Los Angeles (CA) - This west coast wiener is wrapped with Mexican style bacon and includes grilled onions, jalapeño or bell peppers and salsa
3. Baltimore (MD)/Washington, D.C. - Popular within the nation's capital, the Monumental Dog is typically an all-beef frank topped with banana peppers, onions, diced red peppers, sliced pickles and served on a steamed potato hot dog bun that has been spread with mayonnaise
4. Philadelphia (PA) - One of the most unique recipes in the nation, the Philly Combo consists of an all-beef hot dog and a potato dish cake topped with mustard and onions
5. Chicago (IL) - Widely known for its "Classic Chicago Dog," this elaborate dog is served in a poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped raw onion, fresh tomato, a pickle spear and topped with a touch of celery salt
6. San Antonio/Corpus Christi (TX) - A popular hot dog in the Lone Star state, the Tex-Mex dog is topped with salsa, Monterrey Jack cheese and chopped jalapeños
7. Boston (MA) - One of the nation's most famous franks, the Fenway Frank is boiled and grilled, then served in a New England-style bun topped with mustard and relish
8. Harrisburg/Scranton (PA) - Home to the Texas Weiner, which contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with Texas. Although there have been debates in the past on whether this hot dog originated in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, one thing is certain - this misnomer of a dog is deep fried and served with Greek sauce consisting of a smooth, slow cooked meat sauce spiced with cayenne, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and cumin
9. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (FL) - Known for its spicy flavor and hot temperatures, this city's "hot" dog is modeled after a Cuban recipe, which calls for lettuce, avocado, mojo sauce (a sauce combining garlic and olive oil) and pineapple
10. Charleston (SC) - So popular it spans both North and South Carolina, the Carolina dog is served with chili, coleslaw, mustard and onions"
(Photo courtesy of Ball Park Franks)