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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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kelly seward says …

as a kid i had to have cheese and ketchup but now i'm all about mustard and dill relish. although i have discovered, since moving to cincinnati, that i also enjoy mustard and chili.

Ashley DeBlaey says …

The best dog has ketchup, raw onions, dijon mustard, and a generous amount of grated pepper jack cheese!!!

Amy Rippy says …

I like to saute onions, green and red peppers to put on top, along with sweet organic relish and spicy mustard.

Michelle says …

I like my hot dog with colslaw and crushed potato chips. Yummy!

Susan Johnson says …

I start with an all-beef hotdog in a whole wheat bun and usually the first one gets ketchup (sometimes a little mustard and/or mayo). My second dog almost always gets cut into pieces and eaten with a fork, dipping in BBQ sauce!

Fran Allison says …

This is delicious!!! Bubbie's Saurkraut, grated Pepperjack cheese, white onion & red tomato slices, a drizzle of Chipotle Tabasco sauce and 365 Honey Mustard !!

Shelby Craft says …

From the bottom up: whole grain bun dog mustard and ketchup spicy chili onions pickle relish sharp cheddar YUMMY!!

Lisa says …

I like to wrap my weenie in a corn tortilla w/cheese, pan fry, then dip in cholula (& maybe ranch!) yummmmmmm

Winkum says …

Try mandarin oranges to add moisture as well as taste. . . . also works well with Brats. Mushrooms work well, too!

matt twohig says …

!st off hotdogs MUST have ketchup..if i wanted a salad on my hotdog..i would eat a salad..pickle relish, chopped white onions and melted cheese..The BEST

Gail Holcomb says …

Vegetarians can grill hot dogs, too. I love the various Italian style spicy sausages available, and I top them according to my mood. OF COURSE ketchup is good on hot dogs. Honey mustard is a must. Sometimes a light streak of mayo adds a special touch. The toppings won't help a squishy bun, though. Brush the buns with olive oil, butter or vegan spread and grill them facedown just till they crisp a bit. The hot dog and condiments will be twice as good.

Donna Saady says …

Kosher dog, grilled or crisped under the broiler ONLY, nice and dark--that really brings out the flavor. A really good quality bun, heated. Can be soft on the inside, but wants to be a little toasted on the outside. Plenty of mustard, plain yellow or spicy brown, either way. And on the side, veggie baked beans with ketchup, mustard, brown sugar. Sometimes I like to put some of the beans on the dog, or dip the hot dog in the beans bite by bite. And sometimes, if available, I like piling chili (bean-less) on the dog (mustard too, of course). Also, plenty of my favorite brand of black cherry soda over plenty of ice to accompany! That black cherry really complements the flavor of the hot dog!

B.W. says …

BACON!!!

Fanci Sue Gentry-Morales says …

I love the way we do it in Costa Rica! Simple cabbage slaw: cabbage, green onion, fresh habanero or scotch bonnet pepper diced , mayo, ketchup, cilantro and lime. Yummy!

Marie says …

The REUBAN Dog! Add thousand island dressing, kraut and swiss to a cooked dod in a bun, wrap it in foil and grill for 5 min utes....mmmm good!

Erika says …

My favorite "dog" combo: a soy dog (or poultry when I can purchase a locally-produced, responsibly-sourced version) wrapped in big green or savoy cabbage leaves instead of a bun, topped with homemade slow-cooked tomato relish and caramelized onions. And a side of several absorbant terry cloth napkins!

Joanna Hunt says …

I top my hot dog with yellow mustard and relish only. Add a good bun and hot dog and you are good to go.

Jill OConnor says …

Ketchup, mustard, sweet relish, and if I have any available a generous amount of sauerkraut. Hopefully watching a ball game at the time too!

Lisa says …

I love saurkraut and spicy mustard on my hot dogs! Nothing says summer like hot dog fresh off the grill,

Terrill Espsito says …

Love topping meatless dogs with grilled onions (or carmelized if not using grill) and some hot sauce - Cholula is the best.

ELAINE says …

My all time favorite dog is roasted Hatch green chile and mustard and cheddar cheese !!! YUM!!!

Jen says …

I'm from RI - land of the "NY System" (go figure!) but am a purist at heart - a thin bead of really good coarse seed mustard on a perfectly grilled all beef dog saddled in a fresh lightly toasted bun. Summer bring it on!

Jeannie Dyar says …

I'm vegab so I use tofu dogs which I top with a wonderful chili made with tvp and puree'd black beans...I use a grainy mustard on the bun and top the whole thing with grilled or carmelized onions...The secret, by the way, of moist tofu dogs (they don't grill well) is to drop them into the chili for a couple of minutes..plumps them up and gives them a nice texture.

Lisa says …

When we feel like splurging - chili, raw onion, crumbled bacon and pickled jalapenos!

Michelle says …

grilled peppers and onions with dijon mustard! mmm

Jack Quick says …

Ketchup on a hot dog, nobody eats ketchup on a hot dog. Here's the best ever. Split the dog down the middle and douse with hot sauce, grill, serve on toasted bun with yellow mustard, vidalia onion relish and finely cut coleslaw. Repeat as needed.

Luke S says …

I'm a simple guy, I just like to top my dog with some organic Ketchup and organic Mustard.

adina cohen says …

Just a little mustard & sauerkraut for me.

Brandy says …

We love the good ole ketchup and mustard of course! BUT Y FAVORITE WAY TO TOP MY DOG is with grilled portobellos, onions, peppers, and zucchinii YUM!

LittleChef says …

I also NEVER top my hot dog with ketchup (and I'm not even from Chicago!). In my book, ketchup is for hamburgers, and mustard for hot dogs. I do also love relish, sauerkraut, and onions. Once I had a bacon wrapped hot dog...that was very decadent and very very good.

heather says …

grilled onions,relish and ketchup

Hotdog says …

Italian hot dogs (which I think are strictly a NJ thing) are good every now and then....two hot dogs, one bun, green peppers, onion, and potato. MMM.

Kim McPeters says …

Depending on my mood - relish, spicey mustard and onions or chili, mustard and onions, but the ulitmate dog is my famous Taco Dog topped with taco meat,cheese,lettuce,tomato,sour cream and a slice of avocado or a dollop of guacamole mmmmmmmmmm......

Sarah says …

We like mustard, raw onion, and cole slaw on beef hot dogs. We don't do sweet relish or cheese, but sauerkraut would be great instead of cole slaw. (Though I might like to branch out, good hot dogs are a simple cookout meal, and the accompanying sides/salads are enough work for me. :)

Nick Kipreos says …

The only way they're supposed to be topped in the South: Ketchup Mustard all-meat Chili sauce onions Cole Slaw

Meredith says …

Swiss cheese & honey mustard!

Tina Watanabe says …

My is a classic with mustard, ketchup, relish and chopped onion

Geri says …

On my hotdog I like yellow mustard,ketchup,relish and as much saurkraut as I can manage!

Terry Reeh says …

I put my hot dogs on a grilled flour tortilla with cottage cheese, lettuce and a spicey relish. My friends thought I was crazy until they tried it.

sara says …

love just ketchup!

James Watanabe says …

Mustard, ketchup and onion

C Shakory says …

I like to put spicy salsa, sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips on mine -- not very healthy, but DELICIOUS!

Beth Kaim says …

I top it with mango salsa

Donald Thompson says …

Bacon, BBQ Sauce and Cheddar Cheese

Michelle says …

Cut up hot dogs in mac and cheese!

Natasha Rogers says …

I love ketchup, mustard, chili, relish, mayonnaise and cheese. The mayonnaise is the extra zip I love.

Katie Kovach says …

Oven roasted banana peppers from the garden are super hot dog and other link toppers.

Chris Studnicka says …

I like mustard, ketchup, sliced dill pickle on the whole wheat bun.

Jasmine R says …

On a fancy day I like to top my dog with chili, mustard, and a pinch of onions and a bit of cheese!

Stefanie says …

I love to make a fajita dog by topping it with grilled onions, bell peppers and mushrooms with a splash of salsa, so good!

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