National Hot Dog Day 2010!

Hot dogs are EVERYWHERE! From stadiums to street corners, convenience stores to concession stands, it’s not hard to spot the “All-American Tube Steak” being carted or carried around in a ceremonious display. Yet this simple piece of culinary wonder often goes without the thanks it deserves for plumping up your profits and keeping guests satisfied day in and day out. Thankfully, today, July 23rd, is National Hot Dog Day! An entire day to celebrate the hot dog for all that it is – whatever that may be . . .

Everyone has their own special way of making a hot dog a HOT DOG! Whether you prefer to pile on the ketchup, the mustard, the mayonnaise, the chili sauce, the cheese, or the relish, has every condiment you need to keep your hot dog just the way you like it. How do I like mine I ask? Lots of honey mustard and Kosher Dill pickle chips! (And maybe some chopped onion for a little zing.)

Aside from the condiments, the preparation of your hot dogs has a lot to do with their unique flavor. Perhaps you are a traditional hot dog equipment user. With brands such as Avantco, APW Wyott, Eagle Group, Nemco, and Star, and capacities ranging from a measly 18 hot dogs, up to an astounding 170 hot dogs, I’m pretty certain we will have just the “hot-dogger” you are looking for.

For a smoky, backyard, barbeque flavor, a charbroiler would definitely be more the route you should consider. However, they certainly do come with a lot to think about when making the purchase. Are you looking for something that is run by electric, liquid propane or natural gas? Or one that is field convertible? Should it have radiant heat or lava rocks for a heat source?

While we are still on preparation methods, here are three more quick and convenient methods of cooking hot dogs both at home, or at the restaurant.

  • Microwave: Did you know that with this method it takes only 30-45 seconds to get a tasty hot dog steaming hot and ready to devour? While I would only recommend this as a last resort for serving to customers (because of the ridiculously large, split, unattractive shape that your hot dogs may acquire in the microwave if overcooked), it certainly is convenient when in a pinch!
  • Boil: I cannot even count how many events I helped with over my years in food service in which we boiled hot dogs in stock pots to get them out to bustling buffet lines fast. In 6-7 minutes, you will have a pot of hot dogs ready to serve. For a delicious twist, try boiling in beer instead of water!
  • Oven Cooked: In less than 15 minutes, you will have an entire tray of hot dogs ready to go when put in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. An entire TRAY! Full size sheet pans-full too! Go ahead, give it a try. You will be shocked at how yummy these hot dogs get in the oven.

With all this talk about hot dog condiments and preparation methods, I’m about to go out and celebrate this National Hot Dog Day the proper way – with a cookout! Before I go though, I will remind you to check out our selection of hot dog bags to serve your hot dogs up in style. For quicker service, white paper fluted hot dog trays will even suffice, or, why not try a white foam hinged lid hot dog container? And don’t neglect the napkins!

Happy Hot Dog Day 2010!

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