Hot dog tour of America

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hot dogs have a special place in the hearts of many Americans and the way they’re served will vary depending on where you buy them. Whether cut into pieces and stirred into a bowl of beans, boiled ‘til they burst or grilled to blistered perfection over a

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet – if you’re of a certain age you might remember these lyrics from a television commercial in the early eighties. Just as the jingle implies, hot dogs have a special place in the hearts of many Americans and the way they’re served will vary depending on where you buy them. Whether cut into pieces and stirred into a bowl of beans, boiled ‘til they burst or grilled to blistered perfection over a glowing bed of hot coals, hot dogs spell Americana.

Hot Dog Basics

Hot dogs, also known as frankfurters, franks or wieners, are basically a type of cooked sausage that’s typically made with a mix of pork and beef. In recent years, all-beef hot dogs have become popular, in addition to hot dogs made with chicken. They’re cured, smoked and then cooked.

Just as hot dog toppings vary depending on which part of the country you’re in, different regions tend to favor different types of franks. Pork and beef reign supreme in the Midwest, while hot dogs made from chicken are top choice on the West coast. More all-beef hot dogs are eaten on the East coast than in any other part of the country.

You can set up a hot dog bar that will send your guests on a flavorful hot dog tour of America. Use this list as a guide and print out each region’s toppings of choice to help your guests prepare their regional favorite.

Creative hot dog toppings

Chicago

A typical Chicago dog is topped with diced onions, sliced tomatoes, sweet pickle relish, a spear of dill pickles, pickled peppers and a squirt of yellow mustard. Some Chicago dogs are finished with a sprinkling of celery seed.

Make your own condiments

Coney Island Dog

What many consider to be the original hot dog, a Coney Island dog features yellow mustard, chopped onions and most importantly, meat chili.

Slow cooker steak and black bean chili recipe

Kansas City

Hot dogs served Kansas City-style are not for the faint of palate. They’re topped with sauerkraut and melted cheese.

Sauerkraut slaw recipe

New York

Street dogs, or hot dogs sold from carts on the streets of New York City come dressed with sauerkraut, a spicy onion sauce, spicy brown mustard and ketchup.

Honey stout mustard recipe

South

In the South, hot dogs are covered in mustard, chili and “dragged through the garden,” which the locals know means topped with cole slaw.

Deep South marinated slaw recipe