With Labor Day weekend just a week away, it’s time to start planning your cookout feasts! Labor Day weekend is a great time to get outdoors, fire up the grill, and have some friends and family over for a cookout. While it’s hard to go wrong with steaks and burgers, if you are looking for something new to spice up your cookout this year, why not put together a gourmet hot dog bar! Hot dog bars are very easy to put together, and provide something fun and different that adults and kids alike can enjoy. All you need are some good quality hot dogs and buns, we suggest Weeping Radish Quarter Pound All-Beef Dogs and Club Rolls from The Bread Shop, these large dogs and buns allow plenty of room for creative toppings. As well as a variety of toppings for your guests to choose from. Most toppings require little to no prep, and can be set out in a buffet style line, so everyone is free to dress their dogs in any way they like! Print out regional hot dog guides for your guests to learn about popular hot dog styles around the country, which they can replicate or modify any way they would like (we’ve provided some examples to copy below).
This is a fun activity that is easy to put together and sure to add some excitement to your holiday festivities. Send us a photo of your hot dog creations, we will pick one at random and award that person a free delivery!
Regional American Hot Dog Styles:
Originating in Chicago, Illinois, the iconic Chicago-style hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.
The Sonoran hot dog is popular in Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico. It originates from the Sonoran capital of Hermosillo. It is a bacon wrapped dog, grilled, then topped in a bready bun with pinto beans, grilled onions, chopped fresh onions, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno sauce, mayonnaise, and mustard.
Coney Dog (Detroit):
The Coney Dog was created in Southeastern Michigan in the early 20th century by European immigrants. It has a number of variations, but it is essentially a classic combination of a ground beef sauce similar to chili (traditionally made from the beef heart), chopped onions, and mustard. Today it is commonly topped with a generous portion of shredded cheese too.
Danger Dog (Los Angeles):
First sold by street vendors in Tijuana and now commonly found among hot dog vendors in Los Angeles, the danger dog is a Mexican style bacon wrapped hot dog topped with grilled onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, mustard, ketchup, and salsa.
In the late 1980’s to 1990’s Seattle hot dog vendors began offering hot dogs and sausages with cream cheese as a topping. The cream cheese is now the iconic ingredient that makes a Seattle dog, other popular toppings are grilled onions, jalapenos, and sriracha.
Slaw Dog (The South):
Popular throughout the south, and featuring regional variations on the type of slaw used. These hot dogs are typically with chili, coleslaw, chopped onions, and mustard.
Kansas City Reuben Hot Dog (Kansas City):
Popular at the Kansas City Royals’ ballpark, Kauffman Stadium, these hot dogs are inspired by the famous Reuben sandwich. They are topped with sauerkraut, melted cheese, caraway seeds, and thousand island dressing.
Suggested Hot Dog Toppings (pick as many as you like):
Thousand Island Dressing
Vegetables (loosely defined):
Onions, raw, chopped
Potato chips, crushed
Tomato, chopped or sliced
Cheese, cream (used in Seattle-Style Dog)
Caraway Seeds (used in Kansas City Dog)
Celery Salt (used in Chicago-Style Dog)