National Hot Dog Month - July


Hot Diggity Dog!  Or should I say dogs!  Now that weather has warmed up and gotten nice outside, grilling season is upon us yet again.  Time to fire up those grills and buy some nice juicy hamburgers, sausages…. and hot dogs, of course!  July is National Hot Dog Month according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage council. Grab your dogs and toppings, because here are some interesting bits on an American classic!
The exact origins of hot dogs are unknown, but likely their predecessor was brought over by immigrants.  What we do know, however, is how they are made (what they are made of).  Hot dogs are usually pork or beef, but they can be made from poultry as well.  The meat is put into a machine to be finely ground until it resembles a paste or batter (don’t look it up….trust us).  Spices and/or flavorings are added for flavor and some brands add sugar or corn syrup for sweetness. Some brands also add preservatives to extend the shelf life of the product.  After the meat has been finely ground, it is sent to a machine that pumps the meat into the casings.  A number of brands use cellulose casings, but some still use traditional natural casing.  After being pumped with meat, the casings go through another machine to link the casings into strands of hot dogs.  Afterwards, the strands of hot dogs are sent to an oven to cook. During this stage, smoke may be used to add extra flavor.  After cooking, the dogs are showered in water to let them cool before being sent to packaging. If cellulose casing was used, the hot dogs are sent to another machine to remove the casing.  Then they are cut into individual dogs, packaged and sealed ready to be sent to a store near you.

Some Fun Facts :

  • Joey Chestnut currently holds the world record in hot dog eating by eating 69 hot dogs (and buns) in 10 minutes
  • The Tokyo Dog food truck located in Seattle, WA has the record for the most expensive hot dog , costing $169
  • The longest hot dog on record, made by Novex SA of Paraguay in 2011, is 668 ft. and 7.62 in. (203.80m.)

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