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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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Julie Davis says …

I love chopped onion and yellow mustard so simple but so perfect!

Tracy says …

Ok, my family goes all out with mayo and mustard, chili, onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. We then bake them until the cheese melts and the buns are toasty and hot! I am embarrassed to say how much I love these. :)

Amy says …

A veggie dog with sauerkraut and a little spicy mustard!

Caroline says …

When I was a kid, I would eat them with sauerkraut and mustard. Chili is another alternative.

Jim De Arman says …

I top my hotdog with mayo, mustard, grilled onions and bell peppers, chili, cheese, pickle relish and coleslaw.

Surekha says …

Grilled dog, topped with stone ground mustard and homemade sauerkraut, nestled in a toasted, buttered bun. Mmmm...

Lee J. says …

Mashed Potatoes, Shoe string potatoes, corn, Mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard if needed! I'm serious! Upon arriving in Brazil I was invited for the local "Hot Dog." It's not exactly how I top mine but... in Brazil you'll find it the local favorite for topping the dogs... Sweet home Chicago... where is my Maxwell street Polish?

Anna Vanderpoel says …

I live in Madison, WI. In a suburb right next door is the world fameous Mustard Museum. My favorite way to top my dog is with a ton of whatever mustard I picked up most recently. Right now it's roasted garlic horseradish mustard. Before that it was chipotle mustard. YUM! Nothing else is needed.

Katherine Garcia says …

I like to top my dog with mustard, onions, cheese, and chili! YUM!

Chef Marilyn says …

All-beef dog on a toasted or grilled bun and topped with yellow mustard, chopped raw yellow or red onion, sweet dill relish and lots of sauerkraut. That's it!

Amber says …

As a veggie I go for tofu pups but they always need ketchup, dijon mustard and pickle relish!

Katie says …

I am going to cook some hot dogs after reading all of your posts! I don't top my dogs, I dip my dog. (lol) I like to dip dogs in a good spicy, brown mustard and add a touch of Himilayan pink salt. I forgo the bun and like em nice and simple but full of flavor.

molly says …

I like to top my warm hot dogs with ketchup, yellow mustard, reconstituted dry onions, dill pickle sliced the long way, a thin strip of green pepper and chopped fresh tomato. When all this is "applied" put the whole thing in the microwave for 12 seconds, then cover so it can steam briefly and heat the bun!! the bun must be warm too!!! Thanks. Molly

Kimbery Aguirre says …

My Husband used to bring me "mexican style" hot dogs from a cart vender(Lord knows what was in the dog but...older and wiser now!!!) They topped it with pico de gallo, a little ketchup and mayo it sounds odd but you have to try it, its so good!! In a pinch we do Salsa instead of the pico...

Leah says …

I top mine with cream cheese, mustard, and sauerkraut (I will occasionally add ketchup to this mix for some sweetness). MMMMMMMMMMM YUM!

Betsy Chung says …

My favorite way to top my hot dog?...Let me see...Hot dogs are one of my favorite foods whether for lunch or dinner, sometimes even breakfast! My favorite dog, the uncured kind from Whole Foods, slit in half lengthwise and grilled until brown....perfection! Nothing more is needed to top the dog, that, in my book, is the perfect hot dog!

stacy says …

I love the Vietnamese hot sauce Siracha on my hot dogs...whether they're beef or veggie dogs...and sliced pickling cukes--just the right size then there's always the old standby...cut a gash in the dog, add a slice of sharp cheddar, then wrap in bacon and grill...and I'd still add siracha to that too!

Oscar says …

A little mustard, chili, cheddar cheese, and a few chopped white onions on a hot dog and warm bun.

Victoria says …

Spicy, tangy barbecue sauce! Mmm...

Michael Fischer says …

I like sour kraut, onions, ketchup and mustard on my hot dogs.

RP says …

Ketchup, Mustard and French Fried Onions!

Ru Shu says …

Sauerkraut and mustard which is healthy , healthy , healthy.

Bruce says …

c'mon, mustard and sauerkraut. Somehow those colors translate into red, white, and blue.

Jena says …

Vegan hot dog on a whole wheat with only ketchup! Okay maybe some avocado if I have any lying around.

Julie says …

Dijon mustard, sauerkraut, and a little sweet pickle relish! YUM!

Jan Emmons says …

After boiling the hot dog slightly then slice open the top of the dog without going all the way through, stuff it with cheddar cheese block about three inches long, coat it with my favorite homemade barbecue sauce: Ketchup (1 cup), molasses (1/2 cup), lemmon juice (1/3 cup), apple cider vinegar (1/3 cup), 1 tsp of garlic powder ....You can mix it together and cook on the stove and brush it over the dog when it cools off. It is then reheated when you put the dog back in to melt the glorious cheddar cheese. This sauce makes the entire dog an "artistic cuisine!" Oh, don't forget a delicious potato hot dog roll or a whole wheat hot dog roll. Your preference!

Stephanie Mayoral Armond says …

I top mine with homemade live-food sauerkraut: cabbage shredded and fermented in a croc at room temp. for 3 to 5 days or homemade organic vegetarian tvp chili: tomatoes, tvp, chili powder, corn, beans, cayenne & salt. I share with family, friends, neighbors and anyone else who walks by.

Barbara Tunstall says …

All a quality hot dog needs is a bun and yellow mustard (preferably French's)

Sue Mayo says …

I like my dogs at the ballpark, a grilled dog with grilled onions and mustard. Go Giants!!

michelle says …

I top my hot dog "Chicago-style" - sliced tomato, onion, dill pickle spear, mustard and catchup

P Pascal says …

Bun, Split-top, face down warmed in a little bit of butter. Hot dog split, grilled with a sharp chedder slice within the split Topped with a blend of stone ground mustard and half/sour relish. no ketchup or catsup variation of any kind!

Hadleigh West says …

I like my dog just how I like my Kirk's steak burgers! I like it with slices of pineapple and BBQ sauce! Yes, it is different, but I like being different just like my dog!

Holly Perry says …

I top my dog with grilled onions and grilled sliced peaches (ok, so really it could be sausage, too) and a little mustard. different, but it is really juicy and sweet! Vidalia onions are the best for this topping!

Amy says …

The best hot dog has ketchup and just a trace of mustard!

Richard Dechance says …

I top my dogs with deli mustard, chilli sauce (no beans), and grated sharp Cheddar or a slice of Swiss cheese. Either let the heat of the dog and chili melt the cheese, or place it briefly in a broiler to melt and slightly brown the cheese.

Elizabeth Vander Esch says …

The perfect dog? Ketchup, mustard, relish, celery salt, fresh sliced tomatoes and grated sharp cheddar cheese!

Laura Kay Bilanovic says …

I like Chicago style hot dogs. Also, I have lately started putting a pepper relish that I buy at the local farmers' market and steak sauce! :)

Heather says …

Mustard and homemade zucchini pepper relish

kala says …

My veggie dogs are always topped with ketchup, mustard, relish, and sometimes chopped onions!

Tim Reade says …

mustard and sauerkraut

Amy D. says …

I love the Wellshire Farms Kid's Chicken Franks I get at WF - they are about the only kind I'll eat! Sometimes I go "traditional" with the works - chopped onion, lettuce, tomato, shredded sharp cheddar, deli mustard, ketchup, mayo. Sometimes I go exotic - toasted slivered almonds, crushed pineapple, chopped scallion, and teriyaki sauce.

Neelam Akhand says …

Hello We love meatless big franks (made out of soy )bec it has lot of protein ,easy to eat for any meal. I saute them in spaghetti sauce along with some chinese hot with mild garlic flavor sauce or you put pizza red crussed pepper along with any seasonal grilled veggies and onions no doubt about Yum !

Judy C says …

This sounds crazy, but it is DELISH, as my son would say. A hot dog on a whole wheat bun topped w/ yellow mustard, grilled mushrooms & bean sprouts. Open wide & dig in!!!

stacey says …

I like mine with ketchup, mustard, relesh, and no bun!

Deke Bond says …

melted organic cheddar cheese and organic yellow mustard!

Adrienne says …

I remember in grade school we would have hot dogs days which would be the 2nd Friday of the month. I wouldn't get one all the time but when I did this little sucker was wrapped in paper and waiting to be eaten. It was wonderful plain or with mustard. Now a days, I love a good turkey hot dog with all meat chili or just plain mustard. Seeded hot dog buns are the best!

amber keller says …

i rarely eat hot dogs but i do love bacon wrapped dogs with mustard, ketchup and onions. i did just get a crazy idea to mash up some avocado and mix it with some mustard and try that on one!

jennifer Brookstone says …

I top it with stone ground mustard and colbyjack chesse

Shannon says …

I top it with honey mustard & ketchup. We also have three dachshund hot dogs & just shower them with love...no ketchup just lots of hugs!

Mary Russell says …

I buy the all natural ones you have, top with your spicy veggie chili, onions and a little cheese. Almost guilt free and what a treat!!

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