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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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Julia TM says …

3 parts ketchup, 2 parts yellow mustard, and 1 part relish!

jennifer c says …

sauerkraut and veggie dog! Little bit of spicy mustard too!

Katie says …

Plain, or with cheese & beanless chili. YUM! I loooove hot dogs!

Kerry says …

Spicy mustard, sweet relish & sauerkraut!

Chef Cameron says …

I like to char my dog and top with a slaw of cabbage and shredded apples and a touch of dijon mustard mixed in...:)

maria purviance says …

I like relish, ketchup and a tiny bit of cheese on my VEGGIE dogs!

LeeAnna Grafstein says …

I top my dog with a dill pickle slice, chopped onion, thin sliced tomato, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt. Yummy!

Allison says …

I'm all about the ketchup and onions. Though once in a great while, a smear of mayonnaise is delish!

Billie Bakhshi says …

With everything...the way they do them at the carts in Philadelphia: ketchup, mustard, relish, saurkraut and cooked onions. Yummo!

mary says …

veggie dog with veggie chili and raw onions, on a new england-style roll! 10:30am is pretty early to be thinking about hot dogs, but my mouth is definitely watering!

Megan says …

Onions, mustard, chili, slaw, and cheese. Mmm.

Erin says …

I can go a few different routes, depending on my mood. 1) saurkraut and yellow mustard 2) Chicago sryle 3) ketchup and mustard OR 4) chili and cheese!

Brielle Foust says …

I like my dogs with thin slices of tomatoes on one side, long thin slices of cucumbers on the other side and ketchup topping the whole thing. Yum!

Jada Durden says …

sauteed onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, ketchup and mustard! Yummoooooooooo

Jill says …

Mmmm... I love a grilled, spiral-cut dog with spicy brown mustard, white onions and sauerkraut. Gimme some Bunnies pickles on the side and I am very happy!

Angela says …

Ketchup and yellow mustard only.

Naomi says …

in an ideal world: ketchup, spicy mustard, and sauerkraut (as required by the NYer in me)

Kristen Fitzgerald says …

Thank you for this post (and the contest!) I love hot dogs - I mean what says summer more than a hot dog? But I avoid them because of the nitrites/nitrates, filler meats with who knows what in them....My son never had a hot dog til he was in college, & my 5 y.o. daughter hasnt had one yet! I will definitely be picking some up from Whole Foods for my family! My favorite toppings are mustard & relish (red relish if available!)

John says …

My favorite topping is honey mustard and a spear of dill pickle.

Sally R says …

Chili (no bean), cheese, ketchup, mustard, red or yellow onion and chopped up corn chips.

Kathie Evans says …

I use yellow mustard, ketchup, relish and onion, applied in that order.

Ben Handy says …

Raw Vidalia onions, sofrito, a dill pickle slice lengthwise and a bit of a cheese sauce I make with nutritional yeast and sweet white miso are what I like on my veggie dogs.

Katie says …

Mustard, onion, sweet relish, sliced tomato, and cucumber slices! The best!

cheryl hartsough says …

A long squirt of spicy mustard, plenty of sauerkraut, a few tsp of sweet relish and choppped vidalia onion on a potato hot dog roll

Alexa says …

Classic Chicago dog all the way! Mustard, onion, "nuclear relish", dill pickle, tomato, and lots and lots of celery salt!

Christi B says …

Depends on my mood, but sometimes soft white bun, ketchup and mustard or, if I'm in a chili mood, then a heartier bun (like a braut bun) and chili, sharp cheddar and grated white onion... YUM!

Lisa Louissaint says …

My favorite is to take a broiled,kosher, all beef hot dog...butter and toast the bun (make sure it's a GOOD one)on a cast iron skillet, split the dog horizontally, lay it on the bun top it with french fried onions, a few tiny Tabasco peppers diced up, a dash of dijon mustard, and a bit of homemade slaw! Doesn't get any better!

Linda Hunt says …

I love summer and I love cook outs...especially grilled hot dogs! My favorite topping for my "dog" is as follows: First some spicy mustard, then just a tad of sweet relish, then some black beans, grilled sweet onions, and finely shredded colby/jack cheese topped off with sliced jalapenos. YUM YUM YUM ~ LOVE SUMMER TIME AND MY GRILLED "DOGS"!

Gerda Loeb says …

Pile it up!! Sauerkraut, cucumbers, diced tomatoes, diced onions, watercress, mustard and roll it up in large grainy tortilla!! Yow!!!

Meredith Miller says …

I like spicy mustard and sweet relish on my dogs!! sometimes I go for the sauerkraut though, if I am in the mood.

ROOPI says …

Since I am a vegetarian, I only eat veggie hotdogs. However, I do make sure that I am not missing out ~ I use homemade mint/tamarind chutney and believe me, it's good!! =)

Jennifer Yannotti says …

Mustard, vidalia onions, and chili sauce of course!

Meaghan Clark says …

I top mine with artichoke relish. Yummy!

Tamara Money says …

Oh! I love them grilled darkly, with shredded cheese, chili, and ketchup and mustard. That's the best! If I'm really in the mood, some sweet relish will be added!

John Capello says …

Sauerkraut and German Mustard.

Vanessa says …

Hmm I would say, the best way to top my "soy" dog is adding caramelized onions and horseradish mustard!

Josh says …

Once a year I like to wrap my dogs in bacon, throw 'em on the griddle and then put them in a steamed bun topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, cheese, jalapeño sauce, and mayo.

Bill McCarty says …

There is nothing that beats good old fashion green onions and mustard. Maybe a little bit of chili cooked over a campfire.

Tracy says …

If I'm at home, mustard and relish. If I'm out, THE WORKS!

Kim says …

i love topping my hot dog with mustard chili and cheese! yummy!!!!

Sarah says …

My favorite way is a thin slice of extra sharp raw cheddar down the middle, and piled high with 'kraut, mustard & bubbies dill relish. Yum!!

Tamie Spears says …

Caramelized onions and deli mustard on a vegan dog. YUM!

Cathy Price says …

Sauerkraut and mustard!

Kari Thompson says …

I'm pregnant and crave hot dogs, but haven't had one for almost a year! I either top mine with sauerkraut, onions, relish, ketchup, and mustard or chili, cheese, mustard, relish, onion and ketchup. Now I'm hungry!!

Keow says …

There's only one topping that I love the most in the world...Nance's Sharp and Creamy Mustard. I am normally not a mustard person but I can't resist this one!

Kathy says …

If it's grilled I love it with just relish, cheese and mustard. Dont' want to ruin that grill flavor. If it's boiled, then I want the works including chilli and onions and a side of ANTACID. LOL

Kristie Rice says …

My favorite way is chilean style...avocado, chopped tomatoes and mayo! :)

tammie says …

my favorite toppings are spicy mustard, grilled onions and chopped tomatoes. mmmmm!

Sharon Edwards says …

ketchup & mustard!!!

Dave Bennett says …

I like to split my cooked dog down the middle, put in a sliver of cheddar, heat until the cheese melts, roll it up in a corn tortilla and dip it in mustard as I eat it. Summertime at its best!

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