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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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LEE says …

all natural beef dog topped with kalamata olives,chopped vidalia onion and feta cheese...Greek goddess Demeter's favorite top dog.

candace nadon says …

I am a traditionalist: I love my tofu dogs topped with ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions.

Nancy Anderton says …

I love a combination of flavors. I use beanless chili and sauerkraut with mustard and Dill relish. It's the best of both worlds between Chili Dogs which are wonderful. And a Sauerkraut hotdog which is also fantastic! Try my Combo dog and you'll be impressed!

Deb says …

The "Slawdogs" they would serve at the golf course in WV at my grandma house. beanless chile, cheddar cheese, finely shredded coleslaw, raw onions. I still love to make those at home for myself but nothing like that after riding around in the golf cart with her after nine holes in beautiful West By God Virginia. I gonna cry just thinking about it!

Navita Patton says …

We like ours grilled or boiled, on wheat bun with, a slice of good cheddar cheese(place cheese on warm bun and "hot" dog so it melts a bit), finely chopped Red Onion, thin sliced Tomato, a bit of Relish, Honey Mustard, & Ketchup! Yummy!!

carolee says …

I top my grilled Tofu-Pups with light Sour Cream, Spicy Brown Mustard, Diced Onions & Unsweetened Ketchup

noreen says …

I would have to say sauerkraut and spicy mustard !!

C. Crosby-Thomas says …

I like an all beef hotdog with mustard, sauteed onions and peppers, relish, and chili without beans.

mary eckert says …

toppings on my hot dog - beanless homemade chili, finely grated cheddar cheese, dill pickle spears, and grilled vidalia onions

Margaret Malsam says …

Hot dog topping For my German husband, I like to choose kraut with caraway seed for a hot dog topping.

Missy says …

Sauerkraut Relish (Great on hotdogs!!) Combine and bring to a boil: ½ cup vinegar ½ cup water 1 cup sugar Add: 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp celery seed 1 large can or jar chopped, sauerkraut, drained 1 cup chopped celery 2 cups total: diced red, green, orange or yellow pepper as you have available Put in a covered glass container and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. This and raw diced onions is like heaven.

Loretta says …

My favorite is a grilled hot dog with longhorn cheese, sweet raw onions, spicy chili sauce and seasoned salt on a whole wheat bun. Although sauerkraut is always good!

Mandy MacCalla says …

I like to wrap a hot dog with bacon and add some fresh, chopped salsa.

Nicole says …

I like to cook down some red onions and brown sugar until dark and caramelized, then stir in balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper, and saurkraut. On a hot dog with a bit of mustard it's heaven.

Cindy says …

My favorite is topped with mustard...yellow or spicy...on a pretzel roll!

Carl Malcolm says …

Grilled onions and spicy mustard...mmmmmmmmm

Terri Puryear says …

My favorite topping for my hot dog would be spicy mustard/horseradish mustard, cheese, slice pickles along side the bread (between the dog and bread) and sauerkraut.....yum yum

Tammy says …

I'm pretty basic ~ I just use mustard! Occasionally I will use freshly chopped onions; if they're sweet! Sometimes I use a bun, other times, just cut up on a plate ~ see, told ya' it was basic!

karen v says …

german style, mustard, sauerkraut & onions. no ketchup!

Rose Michaelides says …

I top my dog with sautéed red peppers, sweet onions, and sundried tomatoes combined with bit of feta cheese. Yummy!

Valerie says …

My fav is a chili dog: chili meat, shredded cheese, diced onions, and ketchup. It's a meal.

Tanya Hoyle says …

I love the following on a great chicken or turkey hotdog with a whole grain bun: mustard, sauerkraut, chili & onion. It is delicious & very messy!!!

Emma says …

I am a vegetarian, so I love to get vegetarian hot dogs and top them with BBQ sauce and melted cheddar cheese! It's delicious especially if you add fake-bacon crumbles on top. Non-vegetarians can enjoy it with a regular hot dog and real bacon. Definitely delicious!

Tanya Hoyle says …

I love either a turkey or chicken hotdog on a whole wheat bun with mustard, onion, sauerkraut & chili. It is delicious, but very messy!!!

keith says …

If I were true to my German roots, only senf und kraut (mustard and sauerkraut) would do. But who can resist some grilled onions? Or good cheese? But never, never let ketchup kiss a dog -- the ultimate sin!

Ann says …

I'm a big fan the Michigan coney; but, when I'm just cooking up my own dog, I like to split it lengthwise and really grill it up fast and charred. Top it with a good spicy mustard and pickle relish. There are some boys in Brooklyn that make a crazy good relish that they sell at Brooklyn Flea and in various places. McClures i think. I got their mustard and relish and man oh man that was a good dog.

Daniel Hahn says …

I like to make what my wife and I refer to as a taco dog. I top my hot dogs with taco sauce and taco cheese!

Stooli says …

Plain hot dog on a piece of bread with your favorite spaghetti sauce. Deeeeeeelicious!

jamie g says …

The dog and bun have to be grilled. Then topped with 1) all meat chili, slaw, and grilled onions or 2) grilled sauerkrat, grilled onions, and really spicy mustard! I'm salivating right now!

Katrina says …

Tastiest hot dog ever: cream cheese, tomatoes, onion and coleslaw, with a dash of pepper and mustard. It's the perfect mixture of a steaming hot dog and cool condiments!

Erin Register says …

I would top a veggie dog with soy cheese and pickle relish.

Ellen Meyer says …

I just use dijon mustard and my saliva as I bite into your savory product.

helenlam says …

Onions and sauerkraut are definitely tops! After that I like a little bit of ketchup and stone-ground mustard.

mirinblue says …

Mustard, chili and onion-it'a a classic, baby!

Shelley Tang says …

I like a dog with... I split my dogs and grill until lightly browned. Condiments include Swiss Cheese grilled vidallia onions and spicy honey mustard.

Jeanne Acciardo says …

I just top my hot dog with sweet onions.

Connie says …

I toast the bun and then spread mustard, sharp chedder cheese, put on the dog and add sweet pickle relish.

Angelina says …

Taco Dog- topped with chili, chips, cheese, onions, avacodo and tomatoe with salsa and sour cream.

Georgia says …

Ilove to top my crispy bacon-wrapped hot dog with diced ripe tomato, slices of avocado, and lots of sour cream! yummy!

Mary says …

I like my hot dog on a white bun with brown sugar baked beans on top. I also love ketchup-my favorite condiment!

Gladys says …

I like my cooked hot dog stuffed with cheddar cheese and wrap a biscuit around it, then bake it in the oven and when done, dip it in ketchup!

jeffrey says …

My new favorite = Brazilian Style. Taught to me by me friend Rodrigo. White bun and an all beef dog topped with mayo & mustard, sauteed peppers & onions, tomatoes, canned peas and corn(heated - I put them in one side of the pan with peppers and onions) last is the parmesan cheese! Enjoy. He tells me in Brazil they put potato sticks on there as well. I forgo that part though. P.S. The white hot dog buns from Whole Foods bakery are excellent. Delicious!

Julie says …

Definately the old fashion way.. Ketchup, Mustard & Relish.. (although the slaw idea below sounds fantastic)

Mike Hoogstra says …

I like it with chili, onions, cheese, and crushed red pepper!

samantha cangiano says …

A veggie-dog on a toasted whole wheat bun, thinly sliced deli pickles, fried onions and lots of ketchup!

Hermina Levy says …

Some good mustard, PLUS : Saute sliced onions, adding a pinch of sugar to caramelize. Add either some canned, rinsed kraut, or fresh shredded cabbage. Stir and heat, and top your "dog." Yummy!!!

Taylor Royston says …

I am a ketchup and yellow mustard type of guy, but one of the best dog I ever had added cheese and bacon. That was a good dog!

Marjie says …

I indulge by topping my hot dog with macaroni and cheese and a sprinkle of cotija.

angeline says …

chicago dog...mustard, tomatoes, pickles, onions, celery salt, & relish

karen says …

The Good Old Chicago Way Baby!!! Tomato, Relish , pickle slice, spicy mustard and hot pepper Yummy

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