Hot Dog Definition

Hot dog means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing, that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst, and that may be served in a bun or roll.

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Grilling Season Opens Memorial Day

Memorial Day (the last Monday of May) honors those Americans who died while in the military service. It’s a time devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, the Indianapolis 500 (since 1911), and the Coca-Cola 600 (since 1960).

The long weekend also marks the:

  • start of the summer vacation season
  • official beginning of the Grilling Season

Regional Hot Dogs: Variations #1

Atlanta and the South topped with coleslaw
Chicago served with yellow mustard, neon sweet green relish, chopped raw onion, tomato slices, celery salt, and a poppy seed bun
Detroit all-beef dogs in a steamed bun topped with chopped onions, mustard and minced meat chili (also known as a Coney dog, not in New York on the actual Coney Island, where dogs of this style are known as Red Hots.)

Kansas City topped with kraut, Swiss cheese, and served in a poppy seed buns

Los Angeles skinless foot-long dogs, served steamed or grilled
New York served with steamed onions and pale yellow mustard
San Francisco dogs here could go either way

All The Facts

Speaking Of Hot Dogs

  • In 2008, consumers spent more than $3.4 billion on hot dogs and sausages in USA supermarkets.
  • Hot dogs consumed at MLB ballparks during the 2008 season would round the bases 41,667 times.
  • The number to eaten in ballparks, stadiums and restaurants is expected to top 21 billion this season.
  • The most exclusive-and expensive-spot to sell hot dogs is outside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Thomas Makkos pays $415,670 per year for the city’s top dog spot.
  • Most historians agree that eating a long sausage nestled in a bun was introduced in the USA by German immigrants and became widely popular at Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893. But the origin is hotly disputed.