Buffalo, Jalapeño, Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst topped with grilled onions and mustard.
No doubt about it, Americans love their hot dogs.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday alone, part of the seven billion hot dogs eaten from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
That’s a lot of dogs. I happen to be a big fan of hot dogs and will probably consume a dozen or more of those seven billion over the Summer. Mine will most likely be topped with mustard only or perhaps a dollop of chow-chow, but there are folks in states and cities across our country who have claim to fame over their v-e-r-y own dog. It makes me sad that there’s no Denver Dog, especially since it has such a nice ring to it. And I mean c’mon even Seattle has a dog….and with cream cheese, at that??? ::::raising eyebrows. Let’s take a look at that list:
Arizona Dog: Wrapped in bacon and grilled; topped with pinto beans, chopped onion, tomatoes, jalapeños, mustard and mayo.
Boston Dog: Topped with baked beans, ketchup, mustard, relish and chopped onion.
Chicago Dog: Loaded up with sliced tomato, minched onion, sweet relish, a pickle spear and mustard; a poppy seed bun is traditional, celery salt is optional.
Cincinnati Dog: Ridiculous amounts of Cincinnati-style chili and shredded Cheddar cheese, plus yellow mustard and chopped onion.
Los Angeles Dog: Topped with chili sauce, onion and mustard; crispy bacon optional.
Milwaukee Dog: Grilled bratwurst topped with sauerkraut and spicy German mustard.
New York Dog: Kosher-style, all beef dog topped with sauerkraut or onions and spicy mustard.
Philadelphia Dog: Grilled, split dog topped with melted cheese; often called a Texas Tommy.
Seattle Dog: Grilled, split dog stuffed into a bun slathered with cream cheese.
Southern Dawg: Coleslaw, coleslaw, coleslaw; chili and sweet relish are popular too.
Texas Dog: Barbeque sauce or chili; melted cheese and jalapenos optional.
To add a bit of regional flare to my Holiday dog, I’ve chosen a Buffalo, Jalapeno, Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst from a Denver based company, Continental Sausage. Simply topped with some grilled onions and mustard, I’m feeling very Denver patriotic proud right now.
Happy Holiday. May your parade be filled with marching bands, politicians, classic cars, beauty queens and Shriners on scooters, and may your picnics be filled with lots of hot dogs, potato and pasta salads and watermelon.
Buffalo Jalapeño Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst…It’s What’s for the 4th of July!