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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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Adrienne Corcoran says …

The German in me loves kraut and mustard. The Irish in my loves it with a Guinness!

jacquie says …

I love to slice on the "dog" in 1/2" pieces. I then chop up red and green pepper and onions and throw it all in skillet and saute together. At the very end, I add in some cheese (fontina or mozzarella) and put it on a toasted bun....YUM!

Mary says …

I like my veggie dog boiled in a good beer then tossed on the grill to get it crispy, put in a traditional white bun (the road to bad food is paved with white bread, bwahahaha). Then topped with bacon flavored bits and cole slaw!!! Also grilled onions and peppers and dijon mustard is yummy!!

Jade Davis says …

Spicy mustard, onion sauce and lots of kraut!!! I miss NYC so much... there is no onion sauce down here in NC!

Dave says …

saurkraut and cole slaw!

Sean says …

I like mine spit down the middle and filled with Sweet Relish, then topped with mustard and onions. I also like it spit down the middle and filled with cheddar cheese then topped with chili and onions!!

Brian says …

Love ketchup and mustard at Fenway but Chicago style is probably the best when all the ingredients are available!

Kristin Troska says …

Earth Be Glad organic grass fed 'safe' hotdogs from my farmer's market taste great 'topped' with Annie's Organic mac & cheese. Yummy!

Sylvia Driscoll says …

mustard and raw yellow or red onions!Yum!

Matt says …

Well with the award winning Sweet & Spicy Mustard from Wild Mountain Gourmet of course! Add some freshly chopped onions and a lil pickle relish and you are good to go!

greenbean says …

ketchup! that's all

Jeannie Diazio says …

A hotdog without chili, onions and cheese is just not a hotdog. I love mine with all the above. plus maybe a little mustard.

kara says …

mustard and relish on a veggie dog. getting hungry just thinking about it!

Lisa says …

Best way to top a charcoal grilled dog is just plain yellow mustard and raw red onions! YUM-O!!!!

Sue Sawyer says …

We used to have a great hot dog stand in milford years ago that made a variety of dog toppings. The best was their 'Garbage Dog" - it was a footlong dog with mustard, ketchup, relish, kraut, onions, bacon, cheese, peppers, mushrooms and chili. It was out of this world and you were lucky if you could finish one. Wish they were still in business, i miss my garbage dog.

Sherone Tubens says …

Honestly, with grape jelly and relish. I LOVE the sweetness it adds to the dog.

Cindy Betchy says …

I am a total WholeFoods nut. I use a really great organic relish that you guys carry in the deli and couple that with organic mustard !!!! And it's eaten on one of your poppyseed rolls from the bakery.

Eileen Hamilton says …

Gotta have mustard and 3 or 4 chips inserted between the dog and the roll. Awesome!

April says …

I am from North Carolina, so my favorite is a slaw dog. A bright leaf hot dog with mustard, chilli, and Cole slaw.

Bebe Butters says …

I prefer to top my dog with jalapeno mustard, warm beanless chili with a touch of mole, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and a tad of chilled, white minced onions.

Holly Banff says …

just mustard

Celia Spivack says …

Nothing beats spicy mustard or prepared horseradish and drained sauerkraut piled high on a 100% beef hot dog on a warm bun or toasted bread.

David Ledinsky says …

Sauteed sweet onions and fried shiitake mushrooms

Roy Digirolamo says …

Gotta start with the roll first. A buttered and toasted on a flattop grill New England style flat side roll. Next a well grilled Boars Head Natural casing beef hot dog. Topped off with Boars Head Delicatessen Style Mustard with white wine, warm nacho cheese sauce, and a few drops of Tabasco Sauce on top. Finally top off with Boars Head Cooked Vidialla Onions. A nice big mug of A & W Root Beer completes this trip to paradise!

Lekki says …

Mustard, sauerkraut, and pico!

Diana Luiz says …

I love Hot Dog!! I have lived on the east and the west side of the USA so I have had them in so many ways. What I like the best is a boiled or grilled dog with ketchup,mustard and grilled onions,green peppers and sometimes I add red potatoes and tomato sauce. Or a chili dog with mustard,grilled onions.

Teresa says …

In our home the only way to top a dog is with zhoug. Zhoug is that spicy red chile sauce from the middle east.

Maria says …

One stripe ketchup, one stripe mustard, and some relish in between!

Azar ATTURA says …

With whole Berry (organic of course) Cranberry Sauce. Mustard Optional.... but not bad with the Cranberries!!!

Liza says …

Garlic and Manchego....with spanish relish...bon appetit style!

Trisha Kilpatrick says …

I like the simple ketchup and mustard combo on my hot dogs.

Chenda says …

I love my hots dogs topped with chopped yellow onions and cilantro! :)

Sheryl Smith says …

I prefer yellow mustard, cooked onions, and sauerkraut.

Vanessa C. says …

I love to top my hot dog with relish, mustard and onions :) perfection in a toasted bun!

vanessa Ferona says …

Chicago Style!! Mustard, Tomatoes, pickle, onion, celery salt and hot peppers!! Yum Yum Yum!!

Elizabeth Hagans says …

I love a polish dog with sauerkraut, sweet relish, chopped onions, and just a bit of mustard to give it a kick. Of course, with this one you kinda need a fork sometimes (or at least some sort of wrapping to catch the fall-out).

Julie says …

My favorite topping for my (turkey/chicken) dog is definitely a mango salsa!! YUM. So easy to throw together - chop mango, cilantro, red onion....add lime juice, salt/pepper (and black beans if you like) and top away.

Felicia Powell says …

Yummo- Love Hot Dogs w/ a side of MacNCheese! My kids got me started w/ this and it's great--sometimes I chop up the hot dogs into the macncheese and bake it!

Cari Snell says …

Mango pineapple salsa!

Brittany Miller says …

Lots of homemade chili! Yum!

Becky L. says …

I like my dogs plain in a wheat bun. Sometimes I'll have a bit of ketchup and mustard.

J Cox says …

I don't eat dogs often, but when I do, it is usually with spicy mustard, sauerkraut and cheese.

Lisa says …

Cranberry sauce with a dash of amaretto. Sounds nuts, but when you sprinkle that wish chopped cilantro it's brilliant!

elysia says …

Bubbies sour kraut and siracha hot sauce is the only way to go

Margo says …

I love mine with mustard and banana peppers! And the best follow-up is an ice cream treat!

Beau says …

I like a hanful of onions, two slices of chedder cheese, mustard, and to top it off Jalapeno peppers.

Angie B says …

Peppers, mustard, maybe a little cheddar cheese on a grilled dog in a whole grain bun!

Cecilia Arevalo says …

The beauty of socal is the mixing of flavors. My favorite dogs growin up in LA were the one's at Pinks. Now I make them at home and top them with curtido. Um que rico. I grew up in Korea Town so when other cultures need help translating the word "curtido" I tell them it's like kimchi just not as old.

Tracie Shoats says …

My favorite topping for a hotdog off the grill is always just plain yellow mustard. But every once in a while I'll add a little pickle relish also. Yummy!

Nazli says …

I love to top my hotdogs with a small line of dijon mustard, diced tomatoes, chopped yellow onions, and a pickle spear. I don't want to over do it because I want to taste the juicy goodness of the hotdog. I think I might have to have one tonight!

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