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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.




Small Footprints says ...
Well ... we go for veggie dogs. We top them similar to a dog we tried in Aruba: mustard ketchup sauerkraut diced onions hot, mango pepper sauce Mmm ... this is making my mouth water! :)
05/21/2010 1:01:52 PM CDT
Dylana says ...
I top with one ketchup on one side, mustard on the other, cheese and relish in between.
05/21/2010 2:38:40 PM CDT
Karen F says ...
I like my hot dogs with lots of humus, chopped onion, & tomato.
05/21/2010 2:51:46 PM CDT
Kure Walters says ...
We love to top our dogs with bacon, ranch, onion, some grated cheese(we pick different ones), sometimes it's pepper jack cheese for that added spice. And, we put ketchup on the side for a little dip. Hope you enjoy as much as we do! Best!
05/21/2010 5:17:32 PM CDT
Lorri says ...
Dice mango, red onion, roasted fresh red pepper or jalepeno, and tomato. Mix all in bowl. Delicious!
05/21/2010 9:30:15 PM CDT
Linda K. says ...
Baked beans and carmalized onions are great on top.
05/22/2010 11:38:01 AM CDT
Alice Melcone says ...
Okay....here goes...I top my dog with 365 chipotle suace, chopped avocados, chopped tomatos on a warm and toasty bun.
05/19/2010 7:39:00 AM CDT
Bob Sennett says ...
Dogs need bars -- condiment bars, that is. When I serve hot dogs, I make an artist's palette of toppings: bright yellow mustard, creamy red hot sauce, sweet green peppers, black bean salsa, white sour cream and horseradish -- and let my guests do the painting.
05/19/2010 7:46:43 AM CDT
M. Dalton says ...
I'm a "Chicago" dog girl - mustard, chopped onion, sweet relish, dill pickle, tomato slices, peppers, and celery salt. So yummy!
05/21/2010 11:37:38 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
I often buy bison hotdogs or turkey hotdogs for a different taste and more healthy option...My favourite toppings (believe it or not!) are crumbled goat's cheese, dried cherries, toasted walnuts, and a drizzle of reduced balsalmic vinegar! Totally healthy and a taste like you'd never imagine!!!
05/24/2010 8:29:40 AM CDT
Valerie Gardner says ...
I love my dog with just plain old mustard so you can actually taste the meat & bun! Yum!
05/21/2010 12:03:51 AM CDT
Chris Lange says ...
I like sauerkraut a lot too.
05/23/2010 8:00:13 AM CDT
screwdestiny says ...
I'm definitely a classic ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish girl on the rare occasion that I eat a hot dog. Or I can do a chili cheese dog, but only chili and cheese. None of that onion junk or anything. Blech.
05/14/2010 3:10:30 AM CDT
Gregg A. says ...
I am similar to the author's classic. I run of mustard down one side of the dog and a run of kethup down the other side. Then close the bun and let it all mush together. No relish for me, but a dill pickle on the side is always welcome.
05/24/2010 9:47:13 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
Robert Meyer says ...
I love to top an Applegate hot dog with mustard and saurkraut.
05/14/2010 4:56:39 AM CDT
pamela says ...
I have lived in the Carolinas all my life, so a slaw/chili dog is the way to go. Slaw (vinegar based, spicy mustard),chili w/beans.NO KETCHUP!
05/14/2010 6:19:29 AM CDT
Lady A. says ...
Ketchup, mustard, canola mayo, caramelized onions, dill pickles, sauerkraut, crushed potato chips, baked beans, all atop a juicy grilled beef hot dog, over a good quality gluten free bun. Messy enough to lose your face in!
05/15/2010 4:30:38 AM CDT
matt twohig says ...
Hotdogs NEED ketchup, relish, chopped onion and melted cheese. An interesting change..add apricot preserve with horeshradish..sweet and a kick...MMM
05/18/2010 8:20:51 AM CDT
Kim Davis says ...
My favorite - split open, topped with sliced cheddar cheese, and broiled. Add a bun and lots of spicy mustard.
05/18/2010 8:25:26 AM CDT
Chris Lange says ...
05/22/2010 8:04:36 AM CDT
Lauren Read says ...
I'm an 'everything' kind of girl, barring certain mixes. Tops toppers are vegetarian chili and saurkraut or relish with mustard. But always a veggie dog!
05/22/2010 6:56:22 PM CDT
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