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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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Chris says …

Simple--yellow mustard and relish, in that order!

CHRISTAL VARGA says …

KETHCUP MUSTARD RAW ONIONS AND A THICK SLICE OF COLBY JACK DOWN EACH SIDE OF THE BUN

Josh Graning says …

Mustard, Relish, Onions, Tomatoes, Pickle Wedge, Celery Salt and a Pepper. Like any good Chicagoan. Don't even put the ketchup near the dog.

jim mcneill says …

My favorte toppings are sauerkraut,sliced jalapenos & mustard.

birdfeed says …

Vegan hot dog with bean chili and mustard on top!

Teresa says …

I love my dog layered with chili sauce, shredded cheese, and then a nice layer of crisp cole slaw.

Heidi Shaffer says …

I love my hotdog with ketchup,relish and banana peppers.Gives it a sweet and spicy taste.

Patti Kintner says …

Mine are boring yellow mustard and sometimes a little onion.

Kendall says …

first off, it has to be a vegan brat. Then it gets topped with saurkraut, spicy brown mustard and onions. jalapenos on occasion. no ketchup or relish.

Jim Atols says …

ketchup, onion (grilled or not), pickle relish.

Paul McGurin says …

I like a hot dog with kraut and cole slaw topped with melted cheese.

Ashlee says …

gimme a hawt daawg. mustard, chili & cheese please. also, texas style hot dog w/ spicy queso topping mm MMM. and excuse me but where's the love for CORNDOGS?? county fair food <333

Rebecca says …

I top mine with organic guacamole and shredded cheese, yummy!!! Can't wait for BBQ time!

Kate says …

Mustard BBQ sauce, grilled coleslaw, and white cheddar cheese. Maybe some relish if I'm feeling wild. Yum!

Diane says …

If you start with a delicious dog, most any standard topping will taste scrumptious! I like the idea of not overly saturating my dog with too many flavors. I like to still be able to enjoy the flavor and not just overpowering mustard etc :) Yum, I am hungry now!

Michael Parks says …

Savory chili, diced tomatoes, and 3 slices of crispy bacon. Ohh, I want one now!

Randy Peterman says …

I'm a big fan of a great, robust chili, cheese and onions. But if I'm going for something simpler then I'll add on caramelized onions on a dog that's been split and seered to give the open insides a bit of a tasty charring. Can't wait to see what everyone else is doing!

Sheridan says …

Spicy mustard and sauerkraut. No ketchup for this girl!

Jody says …

I top my veggie dog with ketchup, stone ground mustard, and Bubbie's Sauerkraut. Second choice would be a Field Roast Italian Sausage with sauteed peppers, onions, and BBQ sauce!

Stefanie says …

I'm a kid at heart (or maybe I should say stomach) & still eat mine with just ketchup (same with cheeseburgers). Or occasionally I'll enjoy a chili dog with chili and cheese.

Dan says …

I top my favorite kosher all beef hot dog with hot spicy mustard, sauerkraut, raw chopped white maui onions, and some grilled bell & jalapeno peppers! Oh so good!

Carrie says …

Sauerkaut and spicey mustard are my favs!!

Lance Shepardson says …

Very simple: Wickles relish, spicy or dijon mustard (depending on my mood) and celery salt

Trish says …

Mustard, onions, tomatoes, pickle, sport peppers, and celery salt!

Jeremy C says …

Ketchup and mustard only!

Lauren says …

I love Chigaco style, but when at home I add my homemade pickled green beans! Yum

Hope says …

I'm a pretty standard hotdog lover: ketchup, yellow mustard and relish

gil says …

experimented with this last week: jalapeno/cheese hotdog inside a homemade flour tortilla, topped with tomatillo/avocado salsa. quite good actually. goes well with Tecate

Lisa Tabor says …

Depending upon the type of dog I like different toppers. If it is a texas weiner type dog then I'll have chilli, onions, and mustard. If it is a regular dog then I'll have relish and stone ground mustard.

elizabeth says …

Definitely mustard, ketchup and relish. I prefer a veggie dog, though if you're telling me I can find grass-fed beef dogs at my local WF -- I'm all over that! Heading over today!

Abbey says …

Mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickle relish and LOTS of chopped onion. Mmmm, makes me want to fire up the grill tonight!

Andrew Carr says …

Ketchup's all you need...maybe some curry ketchup, "Best Wurst" style.

geneva bohlander says …

I top my dog with CREAMY COLE SLAW!!! Now that's the bomb diggity let me tell you!

Kate says …

Athens, Ga style: Sauerkraut, onions, sweet relish, ketchup, spicy mustard and Miss Campbell's Chow-Chow.

Kawan says …

Chilli and Cheese yummy

abby davis says …

My favorite dog is topped with ketchup, mustard, a piece of cheese, and my mom's home made relish! My brother and I fight over the last jar every year!

Cindy says …

I like mine the South African way - Boerewors, grilled onions, garlic Peri-Peri sauce, served on a toasted bun.

Aaron says …

Gouldens mustard Chopped onion Ketchup On a sliced new england style bun. There is no other.

Nicole says …

Yum this has me in the mood for summer now! While I LOVES me some chili dogs (hot dogs with chili on top), sauerkraut is still my fave :)

Sally Nosbisch says …

I love a good Chicago style red hot- At home I use sauerkraut, mustard and raw onions! Yummy!!!

Lauri says …

I like my grilled veggie dogs with dill relish and Veganaise...yum!

Justin says …

As a minimalist, I like to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silly!) with organic ketchup and mustard. But I've only had regular hot dogs. I'm curious about the salmon dogs...what would top well on those?

Todd says …

I am all about the mexican style hot dog. Bacon wrapped around the hot dog then slathereed with salsa, crema and guacamole. BEYOND MAGICAL!!!!!!!!!!

doug says …

Loaded with jalepenos onion chili cheese and mustard- the gut bomb special

Elizabeth B. says …

Toufurkey Ful Sail Ale Beer Brawt grilled on the George Forman, Trader Joe's (sorry!) whole-grain brown mustard, a dab of Vegenaise, dill pickle relish all wrapped in a warmed Snuggie (when I can find them!).

Colleen says …

I top my dog with ketchup, sauerkraut, and baked beans. Sometimes my friends make fun of me because the amount of ketchup I use they say "can I get some hot dog with that ketchup" lol

Becka says …

Deli-style mustard & ketchup & raw onions if they're available

Melody says …

Onions and sauerkraut are good, otherwise plain is good, too!

Nadyne says …

When I'm not near Flint, MI, then it's only mustard and diced raw onion. If I'm near Flint, MI, then I have a coney island: coney sauce (which I couldn't quite call "chili"), mustard, and diced raw onion on a vienna hot dog (preferably from Koegel). The coney island loses its purity the further you get away from Flint: the coney sauce changes to chili sans beans, then chili with beans, and the hot dog stops being a vienna to just any ole dog.

Greg W says …

I'm pretty simple - curry ketchup with grilled peppers and onions.

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