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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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Kelsea says …

I love hotdogs with jalepenos and queso fresco. Delish!

Deborah says …

My favorite? Homemade pimento cheese, chopped onion, spicy mustard, then topped with beanless chili!

Kyleen Stoebenau says …

I top my dog with Mustard, Relish, chopped onions and chopped tomatoes on a regular white warm bun! The best.

Kathy says …

Chicago style - the only way to go! Mustard, onions, tomato, pickle, celery salt, and best of all - sport peppers!

heather young says …

pinto beans...green chilis...mustard...diced tomato...diced onions...light spray of mayo!!!!

sara says …

The best dog has nothing on it. If I am feeling spicy I will have sauteed onions and/or branston pickle.

Kathleen Weber-Combs says …

I love my dog topped with tomato diced,ketchup,yellow mustard,white onion,sweet relish and of course char-grilled! awesome topped with salt and pepper.

stuart hammerle says …

I love hot dogs with mustard, relish, catsup, minced onions and sauerkraut on top.

Niva says …

To start: a Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage w/ a toasted potato hot dog bun topped with fried onions and ketchup and a garlic aoili YUMMOs

Laura H. says …

BEST Dog has lots of Ketchup, lots of Relish, Tomatoes and Extra Pickles...from the grill with lots of grill marks

Helene says …

Onion, mustard, and sauerkraut. Using a tortilla instead of a bun allows for more toppings.

vincent dorio says …

hot chili and bleu cheese!and a cold beer

Judy Turner says …

Slice the dog downt the middle and put a piece of American cheese in the slit and add some yellow mustard. Good stuff!

Karen Boehnke says …

Homemade spicy beef chili, sharp cheddar cheese, and onions.

Carolyn Long says …

I love mustard, ketchup, relish, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber and chopped onion.

Andy Schmidt says …

It all starts with the meat! 50/50 beef and pork is my favorite, with natural hog casings. Huge dog (at least 5/1 I prefer 4/1) It needs to be cooked on a hickory wood chip grill so that the outside skin is golden brown. Then you butterfly the dog and grill it again so all four sides get crispy. This also provides more space for the toppings!! Now I can talk about the toppings. I make a fantastic purple cabbage slaw that goes on first. Then I add grated aged Swiss cheese with freshly chopped purple onions over the cheese. I then dribble Guldens spicy mustard over top, not too much because it takes away the taste of the slaw. Almost forgot the roll. It has to be a J.J. pretzel dog roll that this mouth watering dog fits into.

Helen M says …

Sauerkraut and grainy mustard!

CKirk says …

I will only eat mention Applegate Farms Chicken dogs. I love them grilled over a fire, with a whole wheat bun, and ketchup, grilled onions and peppers.....yum....... I want one now!

Omar says …

My favorite toppings(all organic)would be: A tbs of ketchup, tbs of mustard, tbs of relish, and half a cup of sliced onions.(I love onions) :D

Veronica Kave says …

My favorite way: Just like you said! Ketchup, mustard, relish!

Jaime says …

I have spent many northern summers eating nothing but hotdogs on a grill or roasted on a stick over a campfire. Sometimes all you have is mustard, which is great by itself, but I prefer Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, and Onion.

Amanda says …

You forgot buffalo hot dogs. They are fantastic!!!

Thomas says …

Homemade ketchup, diced onions and a dash of Tabasco, yum.

Amy says …

I love my hot dogs sweet! I do carmelized onions that I slowly sautee with some whiskey, butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar, add in some thin slices of apples to the pan at the last minute for them to soak op the flavor but keep the crunch. Then quickly whip up a roasted bell pepper aioli (jarred roasted red bell peppers, minced garlic, mayonnaise & a dash of smoked paprika all mixed together in my mini food processor) and spread a generous layer on the slightly toasted bun. Heaven!

Veronica Kave says …

My favorite non-traditional way: covered with Sweet Spirit, a hot-sweet barbeque sauce made by a local company, kinda like Tiger sauce but thicker. Then add sauteed onions and a long thick slice of cheddar cheese, all on a whole wheat bun. Maximum yum!

Patricia Lodato says …

I like to split open my hot dog and then on top put organic minced red onion, organic whole mustard, organic ketchup, and organic relish.

Dakota says …

I love them topped with chili, cheese, and a little ketchup. Sometimes I'll add cooked onions. I just had my first grilled hotdog of the season last weekend - it was absolutely delicious!

Patrick says …

I like my dog with onions, mustard, ketchup, and a pickle.

Linda Hopkins says …

I like All-Beef HotDogs and I usually top them with Raw Vidalia onions cut up into small cubes, with Yellow Mustard and Catsup. Also a Nice Tall Glass of Cola. Maybe some Kettle Potato Chips on the side!

jeff says …

i top with love

Lauren says …

All beef frank, no bun, topped with only ketchup! And I might even cut it up into small bites so I can feel like a kid again! :)

PINKIE BONITA ECTOR says …

I top my hot dog with a "relish" of diced avocado and diced tomatoes sprinkled with celery salt and cayene pepper, with capers and extra virgin olive oil!

Beth says …

I top my tofu pup with lots of pickle relish, dijon mustard, sourkraut. Sometimes I add veggie bacon too. yum!

renata says …

i roll it in bacon and grill it. then i roll it up in a flour tortilla with a slice of decent cheddar and grill it again. yum

Alli says …

butterflied with grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a touch of yellow mustard and ketchup oh, and it has to be a Great Organic Hot Dog (in Applegate's blue pack)

Deniese Cuda says …

I love to top my dog with cheese, onions, mustard, no salt ketchup.

Cat says …

Spicy mustard, raw onions, and relish! (Never ketchup.)

Lauren says …

I love my hotdog topped with mustard, onions, relish, pickle and sometimes sport peppers.

Greg H says …

I like roasted red pepper and grilled zucchini on them

Madeleine says …

My favorite hot dog is pretty classic. It's one that is grilled on an outdoor grill, then stuck in a classic white bun (because it has to be light and fluffy so as to not overpower the hot dog) and topped with thinly sliced dill pickles, chopped onions, and a small amount of yellow mustard and ketchup (again, nothing too overpowering...). I also sometimes like to nix the ketchup and yellow mustard and use dijon mustard instead.

Sam Trachet says …

How about fresh cut onions and a black olive tampenade. Yum!!

Julianne Cyr says …

This really depends on my mood. Either spicy mustard with plan yellow mustard and sweet relish or only the mustards together. This is preferably on all beef hot dogs.

Stephanie says …

Depends on the day for me. Ketchup and mustard on days when I'm in a rush; mayo and cheese for something a little richer; and chili and shredded cheese for cool days.

Margarita says …

I love my hot dogs with mustard, chopped onions, and a pickle. Now I need one right now!

Christine Sladyk says …

I use chili to top my hot dog.

Eliz says …

I top my grilled hotdog in a bun with spicey bean chili, onion, cheddar cheese, coleslaw, slice dill pickle, crushed potato chips and a little pepper on top.

Dorothy Torrilhon says …

I'm from the East coast and always look forward to my dogs with grilled onions mixed with sauerkraut and mustard. BUT the sauerkraut/onion mix has to be warm - straight from the grille, not like the cold (brrrr) West coast version.

Dorothy Torrilhon says …

Another fav way to eat a dog - split down the middle, stuffed with garlicy mashed potatoes, topped with cheddar cheese that melts all over! Yum.

Iris Price says …

I have strong food likes and dislikes, and hot dogs are in the latter category. My favorite way to eat hot dogs is to watch my husband eat them and I'll just eat the bun with yellow mustard and relish but no hot dog.

Karen Parsons says …

How do I top my dog? I love chili sauce and cole slaw. It is delicious!

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