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NBC News reports that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 2017, more than 7 billion hot dogs will be eaten in America. According to their calculations, that’s 818 per second.
The Washington Examiner reports, 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on Independence Day or 4th of July events alone.
That’s a lot of hot dogs.
Have you ever found yourself staring at the hot dog section of your local market… debating with dog is best? As have I.
Thankfully, the food editors at the New York Times have helped take the guesswork out of choosing the top dog.
They say, “Billions of hot dogs will be eaten at cookouts this summer, and serving them is one of the easiest ways we know to make people happy.”
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So in a blind taste test with their expert food editors, the NYT researched and tasted, eliminated, and eventually narrowed their list to ten.
Ten all beef hot dogs.
“Most of the high-quality hot dogs available to home cooks in the United States are made with all beef. (Hot dogs with lots of added fat and fillers often use multiple meats.) An overwhelming majority of the producers of organic, all-natural and humanely raised meat make only all-beef hot dogs,” they explained.
“Within the all-beef subset, we were ecumenical, including all the major national brands as well as some organic, kosher and small-batch outliers. Ten dogs made the final cut.”
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Not all dogs are made the same. While there are 10 on the list, 2 are favorites.
“Only Wellshire Farms, a brand sold only at Whole Foods markets, and Hebrew National, a stalwart, had what we considered a true and familiar hot dog profile: an identifiable beefy taste, a texture that’s soft but not mealy, a noticeable juiciness and a thread of warm spice flavor. Wellshire Farms got the edge because of its slightly larger size, coming in first in our tasting.”
1. WELLSHIRE FARMS PREMIUM ALL-NATURAL UNCURED BEEF FRANKS, $7.99 FOR 8
REASON: We all loved its levels of garlic and spice.
2. HEBREW NATIONAL KOSHER BEEF FRANKS, $6.29 FOR 7
REASON: “Classic,” one editor described. “The people’s hot dog.”
“These hot dogs were good over all but missed greatness because of one attribute: The sausage was either too sweet, too salty, too smoky or too tough.”
3. APPLEGATE THE GREAT ORGANIC UNCURED BEEF HOT DOG
4. NATHAN’S FAMOUS SKINLESS BEEF FRANKS
5. OSCAR MAYER CLASSIC BEEF UNCURED FRANKS
6. BOAR’S HEAD BEEF FRANKFURTERS ORIGINAL FAMILY RECIPE
7. THE BROOKLYN HOT DOG COMPANY SMOKED AND UNCURED CLASSIC BEEF DOGS
8. NIMAN RANCH FEARLESS BEEF FRANKS
Least Favorite 2
The Ball Park hot dog had noticeably less flavor and tasted more of additives than any of the others in our tasting. The Trader Joe’s frank suffered from a rubbery, unfamiliar taste.
9. TRADER JOE’S ORGANIC GRASS-FED UNCURED BEEF HOT DOGS
10. BALL PARK UNCURED BEEF FRANKS