July is National Hot Dog Month.
July is the perfect month to celebrate hot dogs! A nice warm month of doing outdoor activities and cooking out on the grill! If you want to narrow it down on a particular day then Third Wednesday of July is National Hot Dog Day.
History of Hot Dogs
There is some dispute as to where hot dogs originally came from. Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, is traditionally credited with originating the frankfurter. But others insist the first sausages which were known as a “dachshund” sausage were created in the late 1600’s by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product. thus the name frankfurters. Eventually, German immigrants brought their culinary traditions with them to the new world.
According to historian Bruce Kraig, Ph.D., retired professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, says the Germans always ate the dachshund sausages with bread. In 1893, these Dachshund sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition of serving sausages at ball games is believed to have been started by a St. Louis bar owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.
The bread served with these sausages soon became buns to hold the dog. Again there is dispute on who exactly created the modern bun.
Hot dogs were called dachshund sausage because of their long shape that resembled dachshund pups. It is believed that the word hot dog was coined in 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds on a cold April day. Vendors were selling their sausages from portable hot water tanks shouting “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!”
A New York Journal sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, who witnessed this scene and drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages sitting warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog!” The cartoon was a big hit, thus the new label “hot dog” was born.
So Happy Hot Dog Month!
Here is some fun Hot Dog Trivia for you!
- Hot dogs are made with the trimmings of the same type of meat that makes ground meat, steaks and roasts. The trimmings are ground up really fine, which is what gives them that homogenous texture then salt is added.
- Mustard is the #1 topping for hot dogs.
- A Chicago Hot Dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.
- Many Chicagoans consider ketchup a “no-no” when it comes to hot dogs. For the rest of the world it is the #2 choice as a topping.
- The Chicago area has more hot dog restaurants than McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King restaurants combined.
- Corn dogs have a mysterious history as hot dogs do but are believed to appear sometime in the 1920s.
- From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans consume approximately 7 billion hot dogs.
- On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs.
- Hot dogs were one of the first foods eaten on the moon.
- A standard beef hot dog is 190 calories.
- The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
- The longest hot dog measured 668 ft long and was made by Novex S.A. (Paraguay) at the Expoferia 2011, in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay, on 15 July 2011. Eating Contest although Conan O’Brien claims he had the world’s largest hot dog on his who which was a 40-foot-long hot dog courtesy of the Chicago-based Vienna Beef Company.
- The most expensive hot dog cost $169 and was sold by Tokyo Dog in Seattle, Washington, USA, on February 23, 2014. The ‘Juuni Ban’ contains smoked cheese bratwurst, butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Yum!
- And the hot dog eating champion goes to Joey Chestnut set a new record to win Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest for the sixth consecutive year at the annual July 4 extravaganza on Sunday. The defending champion wolfed down 76 wieners and buns in 10 minutes, one more than he had done last year, to win the event for the 14th time.
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