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Hot Dogs From Around the U.S.

Hot dogs are a staple of backyard BBQs and they’re no longer the one-size fits all that you may remember from your childhood. Available in regular lengths of six inches to foot-longs, they can be smothered in any condiment imaginable. The only unvarying constant is that hot dogs come in packs of 10 and hot dog buns remain an eight-pack.

While there are dozens of hot dog brands, some are more popular in certain regions of the U.S. and even the choice of condiments and buns can be a bone of contention among die-hard enthusiasts. The following words of authority on hot dogs come from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

New York Dog

It’s topped with sautéed onions and tomato paste, sauerkraut, and spicy brown mustard, though all-beef franks are typically completed with sauerkraut, melted cheese and Thousand Island dressing.

Chicago Dog

A Chicago dog has chopped onion, pickle relish, yellow mustard, medium-hot pepper, tomato slices, and a dash of celery salt served on a poppy seed bun.

Coney Island Dog

A Michigan favorite, the hot dog is smothered in chili sauce, mustard and onion.

Cleveland Polish Boy

The Polish Boy can be a hot dog or kielbasa. It begins with the meat, followed by a layer of French fries, sweet BBQ sauce or hot sauce, and a layer of coleslaw.

Sonoran Dog

Popular throughout the southwest it originated in Hermosillo, Mexico. It’s a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with grilled onions, green peppers, relish, chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, jalapeno salsa, shredded cheese, and pinto beans.

Rockie Dog

The foot-longs are topped with onions, grilled peppers and sauerkraut.

New Jersey Dog

An Italian hot dog rests in a pizza bread bun, topped with onions, peppers and deep-fried potatoes.

Texas Dog

It’s a hot dog covered in chili, cheese, and jalapenos.

Kansas City Dog

These are topped with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on a sesame seed bun.

Fenway Frank

Boiled and grilled, it’s served with mustard, relish, and Boston baked beans on a New England-style bun.

Reindeer Hot Dog

The hot dog is typically made of caribou, served in a steamed bun, and onions that may be sautéed in Coca-Cola®.

West Virginia Dog

The hot dog is topped with chili, coleslaw and mustard on a steamed bun.

Philadelphia Dog

This is an all-beef hot dog with a fish cake, topped with spicy mustard and sweet coleslaw.

Cincinnati Coney

Hot dogs are topped with chili and grated cheese.

Hot Dogs for All

There’s a hot dog for everyone in the U.S., from the cream cheese covered dogs in Seattle to the coleslaw and Vidalia onion-topped dogs favored in the south. No matter what they’re topped with, they’ve been a hit since German immigrant, Charles Feltman, sold the first hot dog on Coney Island in the 1860s.

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