National Hot Dog Month
July is the hottest month for many regions across the United States, but that’s not all it’s known for—July is also National Hot Dog Month, and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans will consume over seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over July 4th weekend, a whopping 155 million were enjoyed, making it no surprise that July celebrates all things hot dog!
Every year, Americans consume an average of 60 hot dogs each, and we can guess why—they’re everyone’s favorite! Whether you’re at a baseball game, family cook-out, or movie theatre (yes, some movie theatres now sell these delicious links), hot dogs can be enjoyed by mostly everyone, mostly everywhere. According to the website infoplease, the term “hot dog” originated at a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, when vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls. Cartoonist Tad Dorgan could hear the vendors yelling “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot” but upon sketching the scene was unsure of how to spell “dachshund,” so he opted for “hot dog” instead.
While the most popular toppings are ketchup, mustard, and relish, there are more ways to spice up a hot dog than you may think. We have found some truly delicious recipes that you’ll love to try at home—they incorporate the “classic” feel with a whole new twist!
Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish
If you want to keep the classic taste of relish but add a little excitement.
Can’t decide between nachos or hot dogs? Why not combine them both!
Pretzel Buns with Grilled Dogs and Spicy Cheese Sauce
Who says the bun can’t have a little flavor of its own?
Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs
Spice things up with this chipotle-seasoned dog.
Brooklyn’s Corniest Hot Dogs
Feeling corny? These hot dogs will help.
For all the bacon-lovers out there.
No-Bun Hot Dogs
If you’re gluten-free, or prefer a fresher twist!
Mac & Cheese Dogs
Classic American food at its finest.
If you could go for a slice, try mixing it up with this recipe.
Coney Island Hot Dogs
Bring Coney Island home with you by trying this hot dog!
If you love beer, you’ll love this dog.
Pittsburgh is an especially great place for hot dogs, because we’re home to Franktuary, a hot dog restaurant founded in 2004 by college friends Megan and Tim. Each hot dog is topped with locally sourced regional and ethnic condiments, and are available at the Lawrenceville and Market Square locations, so if you’re a City View or Park View resident, these amazing frankfurters are right around the corner! If you’re not feeling very stationary, no worries, Franktuary also has two food trucks that are available for booking! Check out their website here: www.franktuary.com.
Have you tried any of these recipes before, or plan to try them in the future? Share your hot dog experiences with us on Instagram @farosresidential with the hashtag #HotDogMonth, or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityViewPgh/, https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewPgh, or https://www.facebook.com/CarsonStreetApts/. Now get out there and enjoy those hot dogs!
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