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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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Leslie says …

My favorite hot dog topping is wine kraut (as opposed to sauerkraut), deli mustard, onions (I prefer Vidalias) and dill pickles. Yeah, I liked pickled stuff!

Yeefong Saw says …

Spicy chili sauce, jalapeno and onion. I love my hotdog to be real hot and spicy.

Roni says …

saurkraut, sauteed onions, spicy mustard and diced tomatoes!!!

Xkun says …

I like to add sesame paste to the bun, so yummy

Belinda Gross says …

First you put the mustard on one side of the bun and then the ketchup on the other side. Making them meet a little in the middle. Then lots of onions. Thats how I do mine.

Wendy says …

I like my hot dogs with sourcream on both sides on the inside of the wheat bun. I top it with spicy chicken chilli with beans and onions and melted cheddar and monterey jack cheese.

Susan Brown says …

I like my hot dogs grilled on the BBQ with 365 Dijon mustard, fried onions and small chunks of avocado.

April Nienhuis says …

I love a grilled hot dog with a tiny bit of mustard, chopped onion and slices of a fresh garden tomato. Yum!

Courtney Hebert says …

My fav is chili ( no beans), ketchup, and cole slaw. Yum.

jennifer says …

I'm a New Yorker at heart... so I top my dogs with mustard, ketchup, onions and saurkraut. Or if I want to change it up, I top it with cream cheese, ketchup and relish. YUM!!

Greg F says …

Vienna Beef dog, quinoa salad, yellow peppers, dijon aioli

Emily says …

burnt dog, sweet pickle relish, lots of ketchup.

Winnie says …

When I'm at home, I top my dog with mustard and Sauerkraut! I also love a good Chili Cheese Slaw Dog from a "hole-in-the-wall" stand (Chili, Slaw, mustard, hot sauce, and cheese).

Jennifer says …

Ketchup and a dill pickle spear. Or chili & cheese. I love hot dogs.

Clara says …

I am an all or nearly-nothing kinda girl. Just ketchup or the works (kraut, mustard, ketchup, relish, onions).

Gabriel Nuñez says …

The flavors from my childhood are a must when it comes to hot dogs. Originally from Venezuela, we like to top our hot dogs with chopped onions, chopped cabbage, and crushed chips and don't forget the mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup.

Mary says …

I like grilled hot dogs either with just ketchup or yellow mustard or yellow mustard and relish. On boiled hot dogs I like yellow mustard and sauerkraut or just yellow mustard. I will also use spicy mustard but prefer yellow mustard. I also love a good chilidog. ....and like the author, I don't see anything wrong with putting ketchup on your hotdog.

Tc Anthony says …

All meat chili sauce thin and dark, diced yellow onion and yellow mustard, and slaw... ordered as "all the way" and that's southern style!

Jeff G says …

chili, crispy bacon bits and shredded cheese.

Liz Thomas says …

Love hot dogs and certainly want to purchase ones that are healthy or at least semi-healthy. Give me a whole grain bun with mustard, onions and maybe a little turkey chili on top! Yum-o!!

Ronda Prescott says …

I top my hot dog with half a hard boiled egg, a little shredded chedder, sweet relish, onion, tomato and ketchup and mustard. This is my all time favorite way to eat my dog. I also like it topped with a fried egg, cheese, onion and baked beans...yummy!!!!

Aejin H says …

With ketchup, mustard, and relish!

Claudia says …

Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise (or tartar sauce), onions, and American cheese.

Francisco A says …

With ketchup and mustard.

Stephanie J says …

Spicy mustard!

R. Mansfield says …

I top mine with chopped fresh jalapenos and a little bit of yellow mustard.

Kimberly Reed says …

I like to put some coleslaw and maybe a few jalapeno peppers from the garden! This is on a zweigles hot dog of course.

Jennie Mustafa-Julock says …

I keep it simple: a touch of ketchup, an even smaller touch of mustard, and if I'm feeling frisky, a little sweet relish.

Colleen Cole says …

Catsup, Mayo, Hot Peppers, Onions...Not for the faint of heart...or those with a heart problem!

Cassandra says …

Well, I heat my bun up in butter (sinful) and I put a layer of cheese under the weiner, ketchup, mustard, slaw and chili on top, the Slaw must cover it all and th slaw HAS to be sweet. lol.

Jessica says …

My ideal hot dog is grilled, inside a good, soft bun with a long squiggle of hot/sweet mustard, a little catsup and a bit of sweet pickle relish.

Michelle says …

My favorite hot dog toppings are: deli mustard, sliced roma tomatoes, diced red onion, and sliced roasted poblano peppers.

Stephanie says …

I like mine with cheese and mustard.

Kelly Benson says …

Spicy brown mustard and relish (ketchup if my husband isn't looking!!)

Lauren Washburn says …

Veggie dogs topped with mustard, shredded cheese, and sweet relish. That's the only way to eat a hot dog.

Kayte CookWatts says …

Chili dawg all the way baby! Must have onions and shredded sharp cheddar. Occasionally, I will just top one with ketchup and mustard only. HATE relish.

Cheryl Burrhus says …

I use my homemade chili, grated cheese and a little bit of raw onions (there are cooked onions in the chili).

Meredith Clark says …

Loooooooooots of onions, honey mustard, sauerkraut, and a bit of ketchup! Mmmmmmm

L. Romero says …

My favorite topping is yellow mustard. That's it! mmmm simply delicious!

Marybeth Mank says …

My fave dog is an all-beef dog on a pretzel bun topped with spicy brown mustard, carmelized onions just barely kissed with a great dark beer, and perhaps a bit of well-drained Claussen's sauerkraut. Golly, I'm starving for one of these right now! :-)

Kristin Bedard says …

mustard and onions! preferably dijon and raw onions.

Megan says …

Usually just ketchup or mustard. Never both.

Amanda says …

Dijonaise, sauerkraut made with brown sugar to sweeten it up, and sweet relish, ooh so good!

Dan Kane says …

Just a good quality spicy brown mustard.

Ken says …

I alternate between: 1) Spicy mustard & sauerkraut (warm) 2) Sweet relish, ketchup, diced raw onion Both on fresh potato bread rolls...

Tina says …

So many options! My fav is probably what I grow up with on the East Coast though - A Coney with a little ketchup, a lot of yellow mustard, pickle relish, and onions!

Julie Adams says …

I love either chili or coney dogs with cheese and onion!

Patty says …

Sauteed onions, a little relish, and ketchup, mmm mmm!

Dan Kane says …

Just a good quality spicy brown mustard with sauerkraut. Or maybe some beanless chili with onions and peppers.

Scott says …

Spicy mustard and sauerkraut is the best. If it's an all-beef dog or sausage, I'll put some A-1 sauce on there too.

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