It’s National Hot Dog Month! So this week, I’m featuring mouthwatering hot dog recipes and hot dog fun facts!

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Did you know that July is when all things hot dogs are celebrated?! I know, July is almost over, but I don’t see any reason to not celebrate hot dogs all year long! After all, aren’t hot dogs an all American food item?! So celebrate the hot dog with these hot dog fun facts and mouthwatering hot dog recipes!

Hot Dog Fun Facts*

  • Did you know there is still debate on how to define a hot dog? In 2013, Califonia’s Health and Safety code updated it’s definition of the ‘hot dog’ to mean – any 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.
  • Americans purchase 9 billion hots dogs at retail stores each year. This doesn’t include hot dog stands, sporting events, carnivals, or any other venue, so the number is estimated to be 20 billion!
  • Hot dogs are served in 95% of American homes.
  • New York residents purchase over $101 billion dollar in hot dogs, which is more than any other city in the country.
  • Did you know there is such a thing as hot dog etiquette? You can read about it here.
  • A premium hot dog vending spot outside of New York’s Central Park Zoo costs $289,500 to rent! That’s crazy!
  • Oscar Meyer released it’s famous ‘I’d love to me an Oscar Meyer wiener’  jingle in 1963. Do you remember it? I do!

Mouthwatering Hot Dogs

Traditional Hot Dog Recipes (sausage between a traditional bun)

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Non-traditional Hot Dog Recipes 

Vegetarian Hot Dog Recipes

While vegetarian options do not necessarily fit into the definition of a hot dog, I thought it would be nice to give meat-less options for non meat eaters.

What’s your favorite hot toppings or favorite hot dog recipe?

For more hot dog recipes, check out these posts ~

*Sources: New York Times, September 4, 2013. National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, July 22, 2018. Quartz Media, July 19, 2017.

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