Uncle Franky’s Hot Dogs

Next time you eat a hot dog, don’t put ketchup on it because those are the rules. It’s National Hot Dog month in July and Steven Krelitz, owner of Uncle Franky’s Hot Dogs, explains what you can do to make your hot dog less boring to eat!

Chicago Dog

All Beef, natural casing hot dog
Steamed poppyseed bun
Kosher dill pickle spear
2 slices roma tomato
Yellow mustard
Diced yellow onion
Bright green sweet relish
A few sport peppers (like jalapeños)
Celery Salt

Detroit Coney Island Dog

All Beef Hot dog
Steamed Poppyseed bun
Yellow mustard (always touches the meat)
Chili sauce (no beans)
Diced onion
Optional cheese sauce on top

Wall Street Dog

All Beef hot dog
Steamed Poppy seed bun
Grilled sauerkraut and diced onions
Yellow mustard (always touches the meat)

Hot dog Rules

  • Always use a steamed bun whenever possible
  • If you are over 18, its tacky to put ketchup on a hot dog, event though it’s the #2 condiment to top it with behind mustard
  • The mustard always touches the meat
  • A hot dog should be eaten with your hands – no silverware required
  • Eat every part of the hot dog (including leftover bun bits), pair it with simple drinks and sides, and always lick off any condiments that you find on your fingers.

Hot Dog History and Facts

Essentially, hot dogs are a modern-day twist on the humble sausage–a food that has some seriously ancient roots. Sausages were mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Emperor Nero’s chef, Gaius, is said to have prepared them for his ruler.

Centuries later, someone got the idea to put the meaty treats on buns–

To this day, several conflicting claims exist. According to the Austrian city of Vienna, two Austro-Hungarian immigrants, Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany, invented the hot dog in their fair town. When the two men left Europe for Chicago, they took the recipe with them, and sold hot dogs at the 1893 World’s Fair. Later, Reichel and Ladany founded a famous beef production company that’s still churning out hot dogs today.

However, officials in Frankfurt, Germany, say that hot dogs were invented in their city in 1487. And according to a third tale, a butcher named Johann Georghehner, who lived in Coburg, Germany, invented the hot dog during the late 1600s, and traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new food.

  • On July 4th, Americans will consume roughly 150 million hot dogs, and between memorial and Labor day, consumption reaches 7 billion hot dogs, .
  • Americans spent $2.5 billion on hot dogs in 2015
  • In 2014, the world’s most expensive hot dog sold in Seattle, Washington, for $169. The cheese bratwurst was smothered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Mistake mushrooms, wagyu beef, foie grass, shaved black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise on a brioche bun.
  • one competitive eater broke the record for hot dog eating when he gulped down 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
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