Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and blogging? Why not. I can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday weekend. My son, the sports fan, set off the great hot dog debate when he asked for hot dogs made the way you get them at the ballpark. I said “you’re asking for a dirty water dog my son”. Thinking that I had finally gone off the deep end he said “what?”
I don’t really know where the term dirty water dog came from. I reckon New York. All those hot dog carts in the city basically float the dogs in hot water which takes on a dirty look after a bit. I decided to make hot dogs on the grill like normal, then some dirty water dogs to compare.
Sabrett Hot Dogs appear to be the New York staple and can be ordered on line. For our test we chose natural casing Caspers Famous Hot Dog made in San Leandro,Ca. and skinless Sinai 48 Kosher of Chicago. Both brands purchased at Costco.
The results of the debate were mixed. About half the testers liked the grilled and half the dirty water. Natural or skinless came back with a 50/50 result as well. My preference is the grilled Caspers with Dijon mustard, onions, and relish. My son loves the skinless with chili and cheese. I believe the end result is that’s nice to have a choice. Have a great weekend.
Dirty water dogs
Grillin and chillin