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How Do You Top Your Dog? Contest

Congrats to Oscar whose comment (#414) was randomly selected to win the $25 gift card. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas for the best dog toppings!

--------------------- Lawn chair dining and hot dogs were meant for each other. It’s about the easiest food you can eat with one hand and your feet propped up. Plus, it frees up the other hand for an ice-cold beverage, a beach ball or a high-five. Oh yeah, and most kids and kids-at-heart love them. (Read on for a chance to win a $25 gift card.) But things can get downright serious when it comes to topping a dog. My favorites are the classic trio: ketchup, yellow mustard and pickle relish, always in that order. But my classic is blasphemy to others. “Ketchup on a hot dog?” they gasp. “Oh, no!” Take the “Chicago Style” dog. It’s often referred to as being “dragged through the garden” because it’s loaded with toppings - mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, tomatoes, pickled peppers, a dill pickle spear and celery salt - but never, never ketchup. Then there’s the “Coney Island” dog that actually originated in the Midwest.  It’s smothered in a beanless, all-meat chili, diced yellow onion and yellow mustard. But if you’re eating a hot dog on Coney Island then it’s probably topped with mustard, sauerkraut and maybe some sweet onion sauce. If you’ve avoided hot dogs since you were a kid because you’re not sure what’s in ‘em, here are our tips on picking the top dog.
  • Don’t overdo it with preservatives. We only sell “uncured” hot dogs, which means they don’t contain added synthetic sodium nitrite.
  • Our hot dogs are held to the same high standards as all our other products. They’re made with meat from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. And they’re not stuffed with additives and fillers. (FYI – Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, bison and poultry.)
  • There really is a dog for everyone, regardless of dietary preference: beef (grass-fed and organic choices, too), pork, turkey, chicken, meatless, even a whole small zucchini!
What about the bun?
  • If you’re not willing to give up the classic soft white bun, you can still get the most out of your food dollar by choosing a white bun made from untreated flour and no artificial flavors or preservatives.
  • If you want to get even more nutrient value for your money, go for whole wheat or sprouted whole-grain buns. Keep in mind that “wheat” is not the same as “whole wheat.”
  • You can even choose a bun that’s not a bun. Try sliced bread (look for whole wheat or sprouted whole grain here, too), whole-grain pitas or corn tortillas.
So what hot dog toppings are tops in your book? By May 26th, enter a comment letting us know how you top your dog, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a $25 gift card. A fun way to use some of that loot is to host a budget-friendly backyard cookout and set out an assortment of condiments for a dress-your-own hot dog bar. Use The Whole Deal value guide to plan your summer party. With over $40 in coupons, budget tips and simple warm-weather recipes you’ll be able to relax and enjoy, in your lawn chair with your feet propped up.

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Small Footprints says …

Well ... we go for veggie dogs. We top them similar to a dog we tried in Aruba: mustard ketchup sauerkraut diced onions hot, mango pepper sauce Mmm ... this is making my mouth water! :)

Dylana says …

I top with one ketchup on one side, mustard on the other, cheese and relish in between.

Karen F says …

I like my hot dogs with lots of humus, chopped onion, & tomato.

Kure Walters says …

We love to top our dogs with bacon, ranch, onion, some grated cheese(we pick different ones), sometimes it's pepper jack cheese for that added spice. And, we put ketchup on the side for a little dip. Hope you enjoy as much as we do! Best!

Lorri says …

Dice mango, red onion, roasted fresh red pepper or jalepeno, and tomato. Mix all in bowl. Delicious!

Linda K. says …

Baked beans and carmalized onions are great on top.

Alice Melcone says …

Okay....here goes...I top my dog with 365 chipotle suace, chopped avocados, chopped tomatos on a warm and toasty bun.

Bob Sennett says …

Dogs need bars -- condiment bars, that is. When I serve hot dogs, I make an artist's palette of toppings: bright yellow mustard, creamy red hot sauce, sweet green peppers, black bean salsa, white sour cream and horseradish -- and let my guests do the painting.

M. Dalton says …

I'm a "Chicago" dog girl - mustard, chopped onion, sweet relish, dill pickle, tomato slices, peppers, and celery salt. So yummy!

Lauren says …

I often buy bison hotdogs or turkey hotdogs for a different taste and more healthy option...My favourite toppings (believe it or not!) are crumbled goat's cheese, dried cherries, toasted walnuts, and a drizzle of reduced balsalmic vinegar! Totally healthy and a taste like you'd never imagine!!!

Valerie Gardner says …

I love my dog with just plain old mustard so you can actually taste the meat & bun! Yum!

Chris Lange says …

I like sauerkraut a lot too.

screwdestiny says …

I'm definitely a classic ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish girl on the rare occasion that I eat a hot dog. Or I can do a chili cheese dog, but only chili and cheese. None of that onion junk or anything. Blech.

Gregg A. says …

I am similar to the author's classic. I run of mustard down one side of the dog and a run of kethup down the other side. Then close the bun and let it all mush together. No relish for me, but a dill pickle on the side is always welcome.

Katie says …

I'm pretty boring- I just top mine with ketchup and mustard!

rebecca ward says …

I grew up on both the East Coast and West Coast and I love a hot dog with sauerkraut & mustard! Or a hot dog with just ketchup. We live in TX now and I love a hot dog smothered in chili and shredded sharp cheddar. YUMMY!! We don't eat 'em much but they sure are a perfect grill-food.

Robert Meyer says …

I love to top an Applegate hot dog with mustard and saurkraut.

pamela says …

I have lived in the Carolinas all my life, so a slaw/chili dog is the way to go. Slaw (vinegar based, spicy mustard),chili w/beans.NO KETCHUP!

Lady A. says …

Ketchup, mustard, canola mayo, caramelized onions, dill pickles, sauerkraut, crushed potato chips, baked beans, all atop a juicy grilled beef hot dog, over a good quality gluten free bun. Messy enough to lose your face in!

matt twohig says …

Hotdogs NEED ketchup, relish, chopped onion and melted cheese. An interesting change..add apricot preserve with horeshradish..sweet and a kick...MMM

Kim Davis says …

My favorite - split open, topped with sliced cheddar cheese, and broiled. Add a bun and lots of spicy mustard.

Chris Lange says …

I LOVE THEM WITH CHEESE.

Lauren Read says …

I'm an 'everything' kind of girl, barring certain mixes. Tops toppers are vegetarian chili and saurkraut or relish with mustard. But always a veggie dog!

Kathy Watson says …

I guess my favorite dog has ketchup, raw onions and grated chedder cheese. Yum!

Food Makes Fun Fuel says …

Ketchup, a spicy mustard and lots of salt!

Elizabeth says …

This post is making me hungry! I like a hotdog topped w/ just about everything... sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, sweet relish, and onions; however, any combination (or sometimes even plain) will do.

Jennifer Hoppe says …

Chili, Cheese, finely chopped onions and that about does it! Cold beer on the side...thanks...haha

Vu trang says …

My dog is strictly topped with sauerkraut and mustard. Must be my time spent in Deutschland...

Ashley says …

I like to just stick with ketchup but if there is chili around then I will make a chili dog and top with a generous amount of cheese!

Missy says …

chili, cheese, red onions & mustard on a whole wheat bun!

Bobbi Sloan says …

giardinara relish, chopped onion, dill pickle slices, yellow and brown mustard, ketchup, dash of bbq sauce, oregano, garlic powder, thin sliced tomato -- chared and on a toasted bun.

Tanya Morin says …

After lightly grilling my turkey dog, I top it with ketchup, relish and cole slaw, then lay it in a wheat bun. It's messy enough to possibly need utensils, but so worth the tasty toppings.

dr ak says …

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Xochitl Scott says …

OK, this may sound like a lot of work but it is the best way to eat a hot dog. You wrap it in partially cooked bacon before it is grilled. Then you top it with pico de gallo, mustard, ketchup and cheese! If you want to go all the way you top all that with chili. Mmm, talk about hot dog heaven!! All on a wheat bun of course!

Carolyne Moore says …

I love yellow mustard and dill relish on my BQ'd dog and a whole wheat bun.Yum!

Tibor Arany says …

A classic natural casing hot dog, topped with spicy brown German mustard (Never yellow mustard ugh..) warm sauerkraut and a lightly toasted side split bun. YUM !!!

Gail says …

I put a mixture of half mustard and half raspberry jam on mine.

tarah engelke says …

cream cheese, hot sauce, and relish... mmm.

Karen Currie says …

Catsup and mustard. I like to keep it simple!

susan troche says …

I topp my hot dog with Cabot Cheddar from Whole Foods Deli dept., than I use 365 brand organic dijon mustard & pickle relish;)

precious says …

I love hot sausages, but because I have changed my eating habits and the quality of food, I now buy the uncured hot dogs from Whole Foods and when I have a taste for that "kick" of a hot sausage, I top my dog with mustard, ketchup and some spicy jalapenos!

Tommy says …

A shot of Mayo on the sides, chili, ketchup, onions, homemade coleslaw and homemade chow-chow. Nothing like it!

Mekay Reaves says …

If I'm in a light mood I like to stick with ketchup mustard and of course red onions but if its a cooler night and I'm really hungry, I have to add some turkey chili and cheese! They are messy but they sure are good.

Lee-Anne Parsons says …

I love a grilled hot dog topped with mustard, ketchup and baked beans.

Ellen says …

I top my dog with freshly made coleslaw, slices of haas avocado and grainy mustard

Capt Steve says …

Grilled, then add nothing but creamy slaw. Darn thats good!!!!

Marcie Lindner says …

mmmmm with baked beans and coleslaw - YUM-O!!!!!!

Elaine Hill says …

Hi! I top my veggie dog with saurkraut, spicy mustard, sliced tomatoes, fresh spinach and dill pickle spears! It's a Chicago dog with a twist!

Carrie says …

I like to top my dog with ketchup and potato chips! YUM! Bring on summer!

reuven says …

Sorry but Whole Foods doesn't carry kosher hot dogs and the all beef dogs are held together by pork casing.

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