This is a question that dogs me every July 4th – what hot dogs should I buy?
The cooler cabinet is full of them — bun length, cheese-filled, pork, beef, WHAT? Fortunately, the New York Times has come to the rescue, taste testing the leading brands to give us the definitive word on what hot dog will give us the maximum in tangy, juicy, salty, char-grilled goodness. The taste testers surveyed only all beef hot dogs cooked on a gas grill. Here are the results.
The winner in the hot dog stakes is Wellshire Farms, which is sold only at Whole Foods. Given the testers were in New York, it’s no surprise that Hebrew National was a close second. Both had what the Times testers considered the classic profile: “an identifiable beefy taste, a texture that’s soft but not mealy, a noticeable juiciness and a thread of warm spice flavor.” I’m hungry already. The Wellshire Farms hot dogs had only a slight edge, but took first place in significant part due to their greater size.
The hot dogs in the middle of the pack were all deemed to be good, but failed to reach greatness because they were too sweet, too salty, too smoky or too tough. Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog fell short due to its lack of spices, although the blander favor makes it a great choice for kids.
America’s favorite hot dog, the Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Uncured Franks, was smoky and sweet, but just too darned small. Another popular New York brand, Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks, were found to be mild and juicy, but sweeter than the judges would have liked.
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We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best. | New York Times