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In search of the perfect Hotdog

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Yes - they weren't too bad, but I felt they left too much of an "after taste".

 

Years ago we used to just buy the ballpark, they were very fat, more like a sausage. But today's are terrible, and I don't want to think about what's inside of theirs anymore. What I'm looking for is one of those that have just meat - not all the trash left over after processing the cows and pigs, etc. Aren't there any of those around anymore? Geez...

 

mike

 

I'm moving this to our hot dog thread.

http://www.ballparkfranks.com/product_angus_beef.html

 

those are pretty good a little pricey though

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http://www.ballparkfranks.com/product_angus_beef.html

 

those are pretty good a little pricey though

Our latest Costco monthly flier has new Kirkland brand hot dogs. I'm going to give them a whirl - appears to be "sans" the rat bones, fillers, lips, as....oles etc......

 

I'll let you know how they stack up. :)

 

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Yearning for a good dog - mikey

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Our latest Costco monthly flier has new Kirkland brand hot dogs. I'm going to give them a whirl - appears to be "sans" the rat bones, fillers, lips, as....oles etc......

 

I'll let you know how they stack up. :)

 

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Yearning for a good dog - mikey

Mikey

Gonna have to give these a try.

I wonder who makes them for Costco

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Mikey

Gonna have to give these a try.

I wonder who makes them for Costco

Ronald,

 

Just got back from Costco. My warehouse does NOT carry these. Only the Ballpark, Hebrew National, Sabrett (these 3 I've tried from Costco and did not care for the taste of all three) and another Kirkland that I will try. They look big, all beef with no added junk, called New York Style Hot Dogs. I didn't grab any as I was not heading home for over an hour or two (more stops on the way home) and didn't want them left in the truck without ice. They are not frozen, but fresh in the meat cases. They are new, I haven't seen them before. I'll grab a pack next trip (2-3 days from now).

 

Now wanting a hot dog - mikey

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Ronald,

 

Just got back from Costco. My warehouse does NOT carry these. Only the Ballpark, Hebrew National, Sabrett (these 3 I've tried from Costco and did not care for the taste of all three) and another Kirkland that I will try. They look big, all beef with no added junk, called New York Style Hot Dogs. I didn't grab any as I was not heading home for over an hour or two (more stops on the way home) and didn't want them left in the truck without ice. They are not frozen, but fresh in the meat cases. They are new, I haven't seen them before. I'll grab a pack next trip (2-3 days from now).

 

Now wanting a hot dog - mikey

Mike for the kids I take ANY hot dog put it on the grill and put McCormicks montreal season on it, when seared dip it in Hunt's original BBQ sauce, back on the grill do that 4 times and they just mow them down, it might be hard to find a dog for flavor, seems there all floor scrapings any more

 

 

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Our latest Costco monthly flier has new Kirkland brand hot dogs. I'm going to give them a whirl - appears to be "sans" the rat bones, fillers, lips, as....oles etc......

 

I'll let you know how they stack up. :)

 

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Yearning for a good dog - mikey

 

no Lips, i'll pass :)

 

actually they sound and look ok, i'll be sure to check our cdn costco's next time i'm there (i have to return my kirkland smoker and kirkland pots soon)

 

we tend to do more smokies than dogs, but i do like a good split wiener hot dog every once in a while.

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I had a very rough week and my wife decided that we could take a Hotdog roadtrip.

After all when this thread first started the goal was to see how many places we could find with great hotdogs.

Well yesterday's trip took us to The Philly Hotdog Cafe right next to Pottstown Pa. , north of Philly

In fact you can see the Nuclear powerplant stacks from the road.

We drove 2 and a half hours for a hotdog.

Was it worth it ?

Yes it was.

There are a little over 21 different hotdogs on the menu.

My wife had a Pizza Dog, a hotdog with Provolone Cheese and Marinara sauce.

It was very good.

I started things off with a Chilli Philly Cheesesteak with fried onions Hotdog.

Talking about good (excuse me im having a moment just thinking about it)

I then got a Campfire Hotdog. Thats a Hotdog with Baked Beans and fried onions

My wife got a Bacon Grilled Cheese to go because as we no everything taste better with bacon.

For my doggie bag to take home I got a Reuben Dog. It contains Corn beef , Sauerkraut &1000 islands dressing

But the ultimate dog I got for today's football games is the JUNKYARD DOG

It's a foot long on a hoagie roll with Steak, Chilli, Cheese, Cole Slaw, Tomato, Onions, Sliced Dill Pickle, Peppers , Mustard and topped with Bacon

It is oh so good

 

This place is worth the trip

 

http://www.phillyhotdogcafe.com/8501.html

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Looks like I missed this one.... imagine that! Sink... the guy with no life and is always on The Source missed a post???

 

We really don't have much around here for hot dog joints. We have Sonic Drive ins which have a pretty good chili cheese coney...

 

We also have a few local hot dog makers that have some great dogs!

 

Fairbury hotdogs are quite good. Probably don't want to read the ingredients here... They sell the stadium dogs at the Cornhusker football games. They are really great! Bright red hot dogs boiled in a roaster and stuffed in a soft bun and jambed into a foil packet. They have hot dog shooters that send them flying up into the stands! What great fun!!!! My daughter works at the football games and sells hot dogs for jobs daughters for charity. She always brings a few home after the game along with a Runza sandwich that is very good.

 

We also have a small Czech community about 25 miles from home. A small town called Wilber. It is the Czech Capitol of Nebraska and they hold the Wilber Czech Festival every year. What a party... ok, back to the hot dogs. They also have a meat market that makes some of the best wieners in the nation. Wilber Wieners are absolutely fantastic!!!!! They are natuarl casing and come in fine or coarse grind along with many different flavors.

 

No real hot dog stands around here but we do have some great mfg's

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Here is my contribution... Local Hotdog joint called Sac's Tasty dog in Vallejo, Rated best in Solano County like four years in a row, Probably the best in the North Bay Area.

 

Sac's Tasty Dogs on Yelp!

 

Sac's Tasty Dogs on Active Diner

 

My Favorite: The Cajun with Sliced onions, Tomatoes, Deli mustard and thier famous mountain of cheese. Some times I will eat two ;)

 

:) NapaGrill ;)

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I just ran into this while trying to locate some other Hotdogs in Natural Casings

http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/07...asting-of-2007/

 

The search continues

Ronald,

 

Wow! Great find!

 

The Thumans are what I've enjoyed for years at home. But man, they've gone downhill for sure. Patty and I had some a few days ago - absolutely terrible! Small, shriveled and taste like, well - like dog sxxt! I was surprised at the high ratings in your article for the Thumans. Perhaps my Costco is giving us something different, which I'm sure of because these have always been great up to last year.

 

I stopped at Foodtown and picked up an 8 pack of the Windmill. Six something a pound - 8 dogs came to $13.17 if memory serves me. I'll check when I get home (yea - I'm still at work at 5:30 am)! B) Going home right after this post and sleeping for a couple of hours before coming back in....

 

I'll let you know if those Windmill taste as good as in their restaurant. The ones I've bought before we grilled, but this pack I'm gonna cook on the GriddleQ, as that's more like Windmill does theirs. And the difference is pointed out in your great linked article! ;)

 

mikey

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Ronald,

 

Wow! Great find!

 

The Thumans are what I've enjoyed for years at home. But man, they've gone downhill for sure. Patty and I had some a few days ago - absolutely terrible! Small, shriveled and taste like, well - like dog sxxt! I was surprised at the high ratings in your article for the Thumans. Perhaps my Costco is giving us something different, which I'm sure of because these have always been great up to last year.

 

I stopped at Foodtown and picked up an 8 pack of the Windmill. Six something a pound - 8 dogs came to $13.17 if memory serves me. I'll check when I get home (yea - I'm still at work at 5:30 am)! B) Going home right after this post and sleeping for a couple of hours before coming back in....

 

I'll let you know if those Windmill taste as good as in their restaurant. The ones I've bought before we grilled, but this pack I'm gonna cook on the GriddleQ, as that's more like Windmill does theirs. And the difference is pointed out in your great linked article! ;)

 

mikey

Mikey

I was thinking of you the whole time I was posting that info.

 

I think the one thing that all of us Hot Dog addicts can agree on is that a Hot Dog in Natural casing is far better than a regular HotDog.

There is also a difference between Grilled, Fried, Boiled and cooked on the Griddle.

Griddle Hot Dogs are number 1

Boiled/Steamed number 2

Grilled number 3

Fried number 4

 

btw Mikey

Im off to the slaughter house today to get some Natural casing hotdogs.

Kunzler makes a Natural casing dog but it does not show up on there website and I have never seen them in a store

http://www.kunzler.com/kunzlerHotDog.asp

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The next time I'm in New Jersey I'll have to try a Windmill hot dog. They sound good. The last time I was in New Jersey I stopped at a rest stop and saw a Nathan's Hot Dog stand, my Wife and I heard about Nathan's but never had the opportunity to try them. Well, we tried them and found them delicious and would eat them again. A week ago while we were in BJ's wholesale store they were handing out samples of Hebrew National Brand all beef hot dogs. We tried them and liked them as well. I love hot dogs but sometimes they don't agree with me so I tried skinless and you know what, they were not bad and easy on the stomach. but, sometimes a man has to tough it out and eat natural casings. I like them, steamed, grilled, fried with sauerkraut, relish, fried onions, peppers, little mustard. sometimes I toast the rolls and sometimes not. I like them with beans and sometimes I cook homefries, peppers and onion and than add the hot dogs at the finish line. em em good. the next time I cook them this way I'll take pictures. ;) kid

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The next time I'm in New Jersey I'll have to try a Windmill hot dog. They sound good. The last time I was in New Jersey I stopped at a rest stop and saw a Nathan's Hot Dog stand, my Wife and I heard about Nathan's but never had the opportunity to try them. Well, we tried them and found them delicious and would eat them again. A week ago while we were in BJ's wholesale store they were handing out samples of Hebrew National Brand all beef hot dogs. We tried them and liked them as well. I love hot dogs but sometimes they don't agree with me so I tried skinless and you know what, they were not bad and easy on the stomach. but, sometimes a man has to tough it out and eat natural casings. I like them, steamed, grilled, fried with sauerkraut, relish, fried onions, peppers, little mustard. sometimes I toast the rolls and sometimes not. I like them with beans and sometimes I cook homefries, peppers and onion and than add the hot dogs at the finish line. em em good. the next time I cook them this way I'll take pictures. ;) kid

Kid

The next time you make yourself a hotdog. Try wrapping it in TPR. I guarantee you will be hooked on it.

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Ronald, Yes, the next time I'm in New Jersey I'm going to try TPR. I was going to try it the last time we were in Jersey but I think we ended up at Perkins pancake house. living in a small town about 35 miles from a large city we don't have many options here but we love it. We are also not use to all the traffic and easy-pass lanes that the last 3 times we were there we got tickets. New Jersey forgave 2 of them. I'm now going to get a fast-pass monitor. I read all the articles that cuskit "Mike" writes about TPR and he does a good job at describing things that I can taste his food. I'll let the source know after I try one. sort of like a little critique. ;) kid

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Ronald, Yes, the next time I'm in New Jersey I'm going to try TPR. I was going to try it the last time we were in Jersey but I think we ended up at Perkins pancake house. living in a small town about 35 miles from a large city we don't have many options here but we love it. We are also not use to all the traffic and easy-pass lanes that the last 3 times we were there we got tickets. New Jersey forgave 2 of them. I'm now going to get a fast-pass monitor. I read all the articles that cuskit "Mike" writes about TPR and he does a good job at describing things that I can taste his food. I'll let the source know after I try one. sort of like a little critique. ;) kid

Kid

The entire East Coast is easy pass country now. Next time set your GPS to avoid Toll Roads.

Stay away from the Cape May Ferry and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Those are the 2 most exspensive tolls around. Both are well over $25.

Im surprised you found a Perkins in Jersey. It use to be a southern chain.

You cant get TPR in Mass? You should be able to get TPR and Nathans Hot Dogs in Mass. How far are you from the nearest Costco/Sams/ Walmart Super Center /BJ's . They all carry Nathans Hotdogs

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The entire East Coast is easy pass country now. Next time set your GPS to avoid Toll Roads.

Stay away from the Cape May Ferry and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Those are the 2 most exspensive tolls around. Both are well over $25.

Im surprised you found a Perkins in Jersey. It use to be a southern chain.

You cant get TPR in Mass? You should be able to get TPR and Nathans Hot Dogs in Mass. How far are you from the nearest Costco/Sams/ Walmart Super Center /BJ's . They all carry Nathans Hotdogs

Ronald,

 

Hey! Let's not be pushing TPR out of state! Don't you remember what poor beach went through? Yikes! ;)

 

I had a couple of the store bought Windmills for dinner tonight. They tasted so much better than they look in this photo. My Droid camera is excellent for outdoor shots - but as you can see it is severely lacking in a "plated indoor shot"! But the dogs were excellent, despite Patty biting most of the end off one of them! She chose to have leftovers from yesterday's cook of her excellent soup with sirloin bits. It was good - but all this talk of dogs had me yearning for some. I'll give these Windmills the thumbs up! Very tasty, meaty, large and long, plump and POPs! when you bite through the casing! B)

 

Windmill Hot Dogs Griddle Cooked on a GriddleQ (bought right here on the Source Store)!

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Hot Doggety Mikey

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Ronald,

 

I never checked out the hot dog section at BJ's for Nathan's, I'm sure they must have them. You know what's strange, I use to be a short order cook at the shore in a New Jersey diner about 46 years ago and I don't remember TPR. I'm sure they had them back then. I'll look for them too at BJ's. I think if I avoid the Tapanzee Bridge and the GSP, it might take me all day to get to my destination. I'll just buck up and get a ezpass monitor. I go to Maine on occassion and could use it at the Hampton, N.H. toll booth as well as the Maine turnpike. Most of the time I use U.S. #1 in Maine. did you know that U.S. #1 runs all the way from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. pardon any spelling errors, I haven't figured out where the spell check is in this forum. thanks for the info. :D kid

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Ronald,

 

Hey! Let's not be pushing TPR out of state! Don't you remember what poor beach went through? Yikes! :D

 

I had a couple of the store bought Windmills for dinner tonight. They tasted so much better than they look in this photo. My Droid camera is excellent for outdoor shots - but as you can see it is severely lacking in a "plated indoor shot"! But the dogs were excellent, despite Patty biting most of the end off one of them! She chose to have leftovers from yesterday's cook of her excellent soup with sirloin bits. It was good - but all this talk of dogs had me yearning for some. I'll give these Windmills the thumbs up! Very tasty, meaty, large and long, plump and POPs! when you bite through the casing! :P

 

Windmill Hot Dogs Griddle Cooked on a GriddleQ (bought right here on the Source Store)!

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Hot Doggety Mikey

 

Mikey, you sound like a nice guy and don't want to hurt your feelings but I don't like the looks of that picture you took of the hot dogs hee hee I know I'm in the minority but I like them a little more simplified. I forgot about the griddleQ, I saw your pictures in action in the past and I think I might get one from the source too. My Son has one but a little larger and it takesmost of the room on his grill. I think if I recall, yours is a half size? kid

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