Creative Hot Dog Toppings For National Hot Dog Day

We’re getting ready for National Hot Dog Day, July 20th this year (it’s the third Wednesday in July). We’re serving some creative hot dog toppings—no mustard, ketchup, relish, and sauerkraut this year.

You can set up a DIY hot dog bar with the toppings below, and let guests create their “signature” hot dogs.

Mustard and sauerkraut were served on America’s first hot dog, back in 1871, when a German-born vendor with a stand in Coney Island began selling a thin, Frankfurt-style sausage in rolls. (In fact, Frankfurt, Germany claims to be the originator of the hot dog and celebrated the hot dog’s 500th birthday in 1987.)

Sausages that didn’t require eating utensils: simple, but breakthrough! Here’s a longer history of hot dogs.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council established National Hot Dog Day in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill. The observance occurs every year on a Wednesday in July.

If you can’t celebrate the hot dog on July 20th, all of July is National Hot Dog Month. There are also:

  • March 18: National Corn Dog Day
  • August 16: National Bratwurst Day/World Bratwurst Month
  • October: National Sausage Month

    Take some inspiration from the best hot dogs in Nashville: Daddy’s Dogs. Daddy’s is always pushing the limits of what a hot dog should be, surprising customers with new concepts in dogdom. It has been named Best Hot Dog in Nashville for several years.

    Daddy’s Dogs is not your average-size hot dog.

    Sean Porter, a.k.a. Daddy, the founder, was a road manager for musicians, finding himself in a new city every few days. He experienced the different flavors of America, and was inspired to create hot dog toppings with them.

    Consider topping your own dogs with some of Daddy’s favorities:

  • Big Daddy: bacon, cream cheese, grilled onion, jalapeño, pickle, and Daddy’s secret sauwce (their spelling).
  • Carolina: bacon, coleslaw, Daddy’s secret sauwce, and barbecue sauce.
  • Chicago: pickle, onion, tomato, and mustard.
  • Chili Dog: Daddy’s chili, cheese, onion, and sour cream.
  • Eloté: bacon, cotija cheese, grilled corn, Daddy’s secret sauwce, and a lime wedge.
  • Georgia: cream cheese, peach, jalapeño, and Daddy’s secret sauwce.
  • Lone Wolf: ketchup, mustard, and relish.
  • Mac Daddy: mac and cheese, extra Cheddar, and Daddy’s secret sauwce.
  • New York: sauerkraut and spicy mustard.
  • Seattle: cream cheese, grilled onion, and sriracha sauce.
  • Music City: bacon, Cheddar cheese, onion, and barbecue sauce.
    There’s also a corn dog: dipped in beer batter, fried, and served on a stick.

    Plus, three types of tots, regular plus:

  • Eloté Loaded Tots topped with Daddy’s chili, bacon, cotija cheese, grilled corn, jalapeño, onion, Daddy’s secret sauwce, and a lime wedge.
  • Loaded Tots: Daddy’s chili, onion, cheese, and sour cream.
  • There’s lots more to enjoy at Daddy’s Dogs. Check out the website.

    By the way, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, it should take you 5 bites to finish one hot dog. For a foot-long, 7 bites.

    As for the contestants at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, champion Joey Chestnut manages to eat two hot dogs together in three bite (see it on YouTube, but don’t try this at home).


    Big Daddy's Carolina Hot Dog

    [1] Carolina hot dog with bacon, cream cheese, grilled onion, jalapeño, pickle, and Daddy’s secret sauwce [their spelling](all photos © Daddy’s Dogs).

    Big Daddy's Chicago Hot Dog

    [2] Chicago hot dog with pickle, onion, tomato, and mustard. Simple enough!

    Big Daddy's Chili Hot Dog

    [3] Chili hot dog with chili, cheese, onion, and sour cream.

    Big Daddy's Elote Hot Dog

    [4] Elote hot dog with bacon, cotija cheese, grilled corn, Daddy’s secret sauwce, and a lime wedge.


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