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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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ChuckC says …

Mustard, sauerkraut, Tabasco Sauce, in that order.

Sarah says …

Plain and simple-mustard and sauerkraut!

Andrea says …

My favorite dog gets topped with lots of mustard (dispensed in that nice and neat wavy-line on top and in the bun, of course), lots of sauerkraut, grilled sweet onions and jalapenos!

Wendy D. says …

I love a good Dog! Instead of regular sauerkraut I top with spicy mustard and chopped red cabbage for that extra healthy bite...hmmm think I'll have one now!

Kari says …

Pickled daikon radish, caramelized onions, wasabi mayo, and kimchi, all made from scratch at home, on a high-quality sausage with a whole grain bun with sesame seeds! Yum.

michele says …

This makes me look forward to summer! I like mustard on the bun sides, then kethup on top, with relish and chedder cheese.

sarah locey says …

They call it the Seattle dog I put cream cheese, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard on my dog.

Angela Rector says …

I love carmelized onions and cheddar cheese with a whole wheat bun!

NIck says …

I liked to keep it simple, just ketchup and mustard; maybe a little cheese to if in the mood!

Kelly B says …

"How do I top my dog"? Turkey dog with ketchup on a whole wheat bun - tastes great and it's probably healthy (or something like that)!

Jennida Chase says …

Chili, cheese and diced onions!! YUM!!!

Jason Segraves says …

sauerkraut and spicy, whole grain mustard

Stephanie Krause says …

Chicago-style with mustard, relish, tomato slices, a pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt... sometimes I add ketchup but shhhhh.

Alicia says …

I love Relish, onions, mustard and ketchup on mine :D

Mark Martin says …

Hot Dogs....Proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.....I prefer a natural casing snap dog, wrapped in bacon, topped w/ diced white onion, yellow mustard, dill pickle chips and shredded (preferably) aged white cheddar..but any sharp cheddar will do. Finish it w/ a frosty cold beer and regular potato chips! YES! Sincerely, Hot Dog lover, Mark Martin.

Christy says …

I love chili cheese dogs with my homemade bean chili. My other favorite is mustard and sauerkraut.

Roxanne says …

I like mine with ketchup, mustard, and relish.

Russ says …

Top of the dog in my book is either: Kraut with nothing else or Ketchup, bacon, onions and relish.

Linda Meyers says …

Ilove the hot dogs from Whole Foods with 365 mustard, 365 ketchup, some finely chopped scallions, both cheddar and provolone cheese (from Whole Foods). YUM! It doesn't get any better than this!

Elena says …

Ketchup and nothing else is just fine with me!

chris swan says …

I love the chicago toppings. Tomato, sauteed onions, pickles,

Carrie Czerwinski says …

My favorite way to top my hotdog is with sauerkraut, deli mustard, and some cheddar cheese!

Marri Chapman says …

I like turkey dogs with dill pickles, ketchup and mustard!!

margarita says …

I love a little vegan chili with some homemade pineapple salsa and fresh minced yellow onion on mine veggie dog!

Kym Swendsen says …

I like to add Ketchup, mustard, dill relish and cole slaw. UM, Um.

heather carlson says …

Let's see...sweet relish,honey mustard, ketchup, and onions. Yum!

tara says …

ketchup, mustard, relish and tabasco chipotle (the very best addition to a hot dog)

heather carlson says …

Let's see...sweet relish,honey mustard, ketchup, and onions. Yum! I think that's it.

Martha says …

I like my hot dog plain and simple with ketchup, mustard and sweet relish.

Emma says …

Wrapped in bacon, with grilled onions and shredded cheddar cheese and bbq sauce

Tammy Hall says …

My favorite is topped with mustard, onion, pickle, peppers, & tomato...yum, yum!!!!

Sandy says …

Definitely a Chicago Dog! My other favorite is mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut or onions (not both at the same time).

Cindy says …

I love sauerkraut and honey mustard. Do you offer salmon dogs?

mcgovern says …

I like my 'dog' neat with a bit of mustard,relish and a smattering of onion; never - I repeat never- ketsup!!

Sabrina Hill says …

Mustard! Just mustard...

Wilbert Jones says …

My favorite toppings for hot dogs: diced onions and sweet bell peppers (green, yellow and red) - all sauteed in a spashed of olive oil. Top the hot dog and sauteed vegetables with some Balasmic vinegar(heated for a few minutes to create a thick/sweet flavor).

Ava Paracsi says …

Mostly I would like mustard, relish, and ketchup; but once in a I would like to use some other great toppings: sauerkraut, beans, coleslaw, but always mustard first!

Kelly L says …

Ketchup, mustard and cheese. Thanks!

Barak Tutterrow says …

Best Toppings for a Hot Dog? Slice of Sour Pickle Sauerkraut Spicy Mustard If it doesn't give you indigestion, it wasn't a great hot dog!

M Alamo says …

I LIKE THE WORKS! Mustard! (never put KETCHUP on a dawg!!) Saurkraut then cover with vegetarian chili topped with raw diced white onion then a dollop or two of dill relish and top it all off with some Daiya Cheddar Cheese! YOU NEED A BOWL FOR THIS CREATION!!! Of course it has to be a veggie dawg as well since I am a vegan! :)

Heather Armstrong says …

My bun has to be oozing with mayo, then I dip the dog in ketchup as I eat it...it has to be messy to be the best!

flowingink says …

Chili (veggie), cheddar & onions....chili cheese veggie dog!

Joyce Lo says …

Where I'm living there's fusion dogs, which mixes Japanese components with hot dogs. I like that kind, with nori, a small amount of Mayonnaise, and some ketchup.

Jessica Klein says …

My absolute favorite dog is one covered in a meat chili- Yum!!!

amy says …

Greek Chili! Yum:)

kate lyzenga says …

I like classic with a twist: Ketchup, Mustard, Sauerkraut, and a little shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese. YUM-O!

Jennifer Wilson says …

My fav way to top a hot dog is with ketchup, mustard, and just a little dill pickle relish

Erika Schreiber says …

Just plain ketchup for me! Although some onion to spice it up once in awhile is nice.

Casey says …

I'm having a fancy (veggie) hot dog party tonight! With fixins to make your own: crushed potato chips, pineapple, hot peppers, avocado, homemade pickles, sauerkraut etc....

courtney says …

McClure's hot relish and mustard.

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