Hot dogs are as ingrained in American (United States) culture as baseball games and liberty. And people are as loyal to their hometown hot dogs as they are to their favorite sports team.
There’s even a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC):
“Established in 1994 by the American Meat Institute, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council serves as an information resource to consumers and media on questions related to quality, safety, nutrition and preparation of hot dogs and sausages. The Council also celebrates hot dogs and sausages as iconic American foods.”
Something about grilling a couple frankfurters on a warm, blue-sky day feels freeing. That said, most of the billions of hot dogs consumed by Americans each year are from street carts or restaurants. You want to truly experience the everyday culture of an American city? Grab a hot dog from a local street cart.
New Yorkers enjoy more hot dogs than any other state in the country, according to the NHDSC. And they prefer them with steamed onions and yellow mustard. Classic simplicity.
Chicago style hot dogs revel in toppings. They tend to have yellow mustard, relish, chopped raw onion, sport peppers, tomato slices, a signature pickle spear, all topped with a pinch of celery salt and served in a poppy seed bun.
Being from Philadelphia myself, I can vouch for our street cart cooks. The Philly-style usually consists of fried onions with mustard and ketchup. Philly also a great little restaurant hidden in Center City that specializes in everything hot dog. If your ever in the city be sure to drop into Underdogs for a plethora of creative hot dogs, “haute dogs,” and sausages.
Check out the NHDSC’s article “Regional Hot Dogs” for a beautiful list of the country’s hometown hot dogs.
But hot dogs aren’t only loved in the United States, they are one of the most diversely prepared cuisines enjoyed throughout the world! From Canada, Brasil and Mexico, to Japan, Australia and Sweden–hot dogs are everywhere. Unfortunately we don’t have a cool infographic of our own to share with you, but take a look at this awesome graphic from designtaxi.com for hot dogs from Amsterdam, the Philippines, France and more:
So, what are some of your favorite hot dog recipes? Post a comment! And remember to grill your hot dogs at medium heat, rolling them the whole time for about 10 to 12 minutes if you want those handsome char marks.