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How Do You Top Your Dog? Contest

By Value Guru, May 12, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

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.




Kathy Watson says ...
I guess my favorite dog has ketchup, raw onions and grated chedder cheese. Yum!
05/12/2010 7:09:06 AM CDT
Food Makes Fun Fuel says ...
Ketchup, a spicy mustard and lots of salt!
05/12/2010 7:12:16 AM CDT
Katie says ...
I'm pretty boring- I just top mine with ketchup and mustard!
05/12/2010 7:36:01 AM CDT
rebecca ward says ...
I grew up on both the East Coast and West Coast and I love a hot dog with sauerkraut & mustard! Or a hot dog with just ketchup. We live in TX now and I love a hot dog smothered in chili and shredded sharp cheddar. YUMMY!! We don't eat 'em much but they sure are a perfect grill-food.
05/12/2010 7:59:14 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
This post is making me hungry! I like a hotdog topped w/ just about everything... sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, sweet relish, and onions; however, any combination (or sometimes even plain) will do.
05/12/2010 9:04:19 AM CDT
Julia TM says ...
3 parts ketchup, 2 parts yellow mustard, and 1 part relish!
05/12/2010 9:23:47 AM CDT
jennifer c says ...
sauerkraut and veggie dog! Little bit of spicy mustard too!
05/12/2010 9:24:22 AM CDT
Katie says ...
Plain, or with cheese & beanless chili. YUM! I loooove hot dogs!
05/12/2010 9:24:29 AM CDT
Kerry says ...
Spicy mustard, sweet relish & sauerkraut!
05/12/2010 9:24:36 AM CDT
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...:)
05/12/2010 9:24:41 AM CDT
maria purviance says ...
I like relish, ketchup and a tiny bit of cheese on my VEGGIE dogs!
05/12/2010 9:24:47 AM CDT
LeeAnna Grafstein says ...
I top my dog with a dill pickle slice, chopped onion, thin sliced tomato, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt. Yummy!
05/12/2010 9:25:06 AM CDT
Allison says ...
I'm all about the ketchup and onions. Though once in a great while, a smear of mayonnaise is delish!
05/12/2010 9:25:23 AM CDT
Billie Bakhshi says ...
With everything...the way they do them at the carts in Philadelphia: ketchup, mustard, relish, saurkraut and cooked onions. Yummo!
05/12/2010 9:25:48 AM CDT
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!
05/12/2010 9:26:01 AM CDT
Megan says ...
Onions, mustard, chili, slaw, and cheese. Mmm.
05/12/2010 9:26:22 AM CDT
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!
05/12/2010 9:26:25 AM CDT
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!
05/12/2010 9:27:00 AM CDT
Jada Durden says ...
sauteed onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, ketchup and mustard! Yummoooooooooo
05/12/2010 9:27:17 AM CDT
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!
05/12/2010 9:27:24 AM CDT
Angela says ...
Ketchup and yellow mustard only.
05/12/2010 9:27:54 AM CDT
Naomi says ...
in an ideal world: ketchup, spicy mustard, and sauerkraut (as required by the NYer in me)
05/12/2010 9:27:57 AM CDT
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!)
05/12/2010 9:28:37 AM CDT
John says ...
My favorite topping is honey mustard and a spear of dill pickle.
05/12/2010 9:28:52 AM CDT
Sally R says ...
Chili (no bean), cheese, ketchup, mustard, red or yellow onion and chopped up corn chips.
05/12/2010 9:29:14 AM CDT