I was surprised to read that Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh/Durham are all ranked in the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s list of top 10 cities in the US that sell the most hot dogs. One trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway will tell you why Charlotte is #3 on the list. Who doesn’t love a tasty hot dog?
Grilling up franks is as American as apple pie and there are so many delicious ways to top them. Here are some fun regional hot dog recipes from Ball Park Franks. Add to the festivities this 4th of July and pick your favorites to offer guests. Create a toppings bar with the ingredients from each and let friends and family make them their way. To celebrate this revelation, let’s talk about some regional recipes of hot dogs for you aficionados out there.
Take a gander at these fine regional hot dog recipes and eat your way from sea to shining sea without leaving your grill. Isn’t diversity delicious? Ah, America.
Alabama-style Willy Dog
Popular in lower Alabama, these hot dogs are topped with ketchup, mustard, chili, sauerkraut, and pickles.
North Carolina Slaw Dogs
Native to both North and South Carolina, these franks are served with chili, coleslaw, mustard, and onions. Carolina-style hot dogs are popular because of the crunch and sweetness of the slaw, which contrasts with the slight spiciness of the chili and mustard. Carolina-style now refers not only to hot dog condiments but also to hamburger toppings, too.
D.C.’s Monumental Dog
Popular within the nation’s capital, this hot dog is typically a beef frank topped with banana peppers, onions, diced red peppers, sliced pickles and served on a steamed potato hot dog bun that has been spread with mayonnaise.
Georgia’s Scrambled Dog
Served on a toasted white bun, this southern classic is usually topped with mustard and spicy chili made with beans and large chunks of diced raw onions. Some people like to top their dogs with yellow mustard and chopped white onions, while others like to top them with shredded cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and sour cream.
New York City Street Cart Dog
Essentially the hot dog capital of the nation, New York City’s infamous street cart dog is boiled and then served with a special onion sauce and deli-style yellow mustard, or in some cases sauerkraut.
Boston Fenway Franks
As one of the nation’s most famous franks, this hot dog is boiled and grilled, then served in a New England-style bun topped with mustard and relish. Although this is not unique to the Boston area, hot dogs are often associated with Boston baked beans. The most common toppings are ketchup, mustard, relish, picalilli, and chopped onions.
Chicago-style Hot Dog
A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Red Hot, or Chicago Dog is served in a poppy seed bun, this legendary all-beef hot dog is layered with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped raw onion, fresh tomato, a pickle spear and topped with a touch of celery salt.
Detroit Coney Dog
This Michigan favorite is topped with an all-meat, bean-less chili, diced yellow onion, yellow mustard and is typically served on a steamed bun. Try one at Lafayette Coney Island.
L.A. West Coast Dog
This west coast wiener is wrapped with bacon and is topped with grilled onions, jalapeño or bell peppers, and salsa. Whatever your favorite hot dog is, there’s a beef and bun combo that’s sure to satisfy in Los Angeles. From OkiDog’s chili cheese burrito dogs to Dirt Dog’s bacon-wrapped beauties, here are the 16 must-try hot dogs in Los Angeles.
Texas Chili Dog
The Texas Chili Dog is sure to please whether you’re tailgating, watching the big game at home, or simply planning a family movie night. This spicy offering from Texas is generally a beef frank topped with spicy chili, cheese. If you really like things spicy, add a few pickled jalapenos just before serving, but this is entirely optional.