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View Poll Results: what is most important for you in hot dog chili sauce
beef flavor 4 10.81%
sweet flavor 3 8.11%
spicy flavor 15 40.54%
thick sauce 13 35.14%
thin sauce 2 5.41%
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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The Annual Spring Hot Dog Thread!

I love em! I like to eat em more than make em. I guess all winter
I eat them because it reminds me of warm weather and being outside.
I eat mine Carolina style...mustard, chili and slaw, chopped onions are
fine.

Never tried a Chicago dog, not really that interested in that either.

now let's do a poll. I really like seeing how different parts of the
country like different versions of the same thing.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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I usually don't do chili dogs. Mustard and relish for me, although lately I've been using some Weber (no relation to the grill company) hot mustard wittdog turned me on to. That's good stuff.

A good dog is all about the char.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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A fresh Nathan's with relish an onions, Oh boy them er good!

Otherwise a fine locker all beef dog in natural casin, with chilli, some cheese an onions. Can't beat a good dog!
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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oh yeah it is...he sent me some...LOVE the hot garlic mustard on a dog.
I love relish too. I just love hot dogs. don't think I ever found one I didn't like.

up north in hot dog paradises like New Yawk and Connecticut
it's all about the dog itself....has to be all beef and they argue
about which brand is best.

Here it's more about the chili and slaw. Texas likes a different style
chili than I like. I like a more thin style beef sauce, been working on
a recipe for a few years now. I know BW just likes Wolfe chili from
a can, but it's a little thick for me.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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Stogie is gone again, but if he were here he'd post all his
chili recipes...he likes the coney style, which is similar to
what I'm working on, a version of the Aiken pool hall style.

Stogie's excellent recipes are here somewhere, you can search
for em....try the one with all the lard!

I had been experimenting for several years, and hit a winner one night.
Got unsolicited comments from the poker boys. I was down to that and
adding one more spice to see how it worked in the next batch....and
my computer crashed. All that work, and the recipes and techniques were lost. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Whenever I get it
right, I'll post it.

btw, the latest effort generated no unsolicited comments Wed night.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:39 PM   #6
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I LOVE chili dawgs. All beef hotdog with a thin, spicy, beefy chili sauce. Standard yellow mustard or hot mustard - I like 'em both. Tons of sharp cheddar melted on top. No onions here. My preferred way is a charred hotdog from the grill and toasted hotdog bun. Eat with fork and knife

I would kill for a good chili sauce recipe just for hot dogs!! If anyone has a good one, please post!

A new hot dog place opened up in town. Their chili is just okay... but they have a pastrami dog that kicks ass! Just like a Reuben - pastrami dog, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. That sounds so good I think I'm gonna go get a couple after I log off the internets.
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now that's a new one on me, and I thought I had heard it all!

So would you say your tastes are standard for your region?

I think Nevada, I think west, and when I think west, I think of
a thicker sauce.

IMHO, there is a HUGE difference in the chili I put on a hot dog and
the chili I eat out of a bowl.
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now that's a new one on me, and I thought I had heard it all!

So would you say your tastes are standard for your region?

I think Nevada, I think west, and when I think west, I think of
a thicker sauce.

IMHO, there is a HUGE difference in the chili I put on a hot dog and
the chili I eat out of a bowl.
I agree - chili out of a bowl and chili on hot dog are two totally different things. I personally crave the chili sauce from Wienersnitchel sometimes... but all the joints closed up. Closest one is over 35 miles away, and it's been so long since I've been there I'm not even sure it's open.

There are really NO standards or styles here. Every BBQ joint tries to emulate other styles... There is no real "Nevada Style". Of course a lot of California influence as well as Tex-mex style.

To be honest, there is not a single BBQ joint in Reno/Tahoe/Carson area I really like except for one. That's why I took on the hobby myself. Sometimes when I'm in a mood I walk into a "BBQ" restaurant and ask them where the smoker is and what wood they use. They just point at the gas indoor grill with a blank look on their face.

A place just opened that serves "Hawaiian BBQ" Of course I walk in and everything is cooked on a commercial griddle. Was looking forward to some good sweet pork dishes but was disappointed.

One place in Carson City has an open pit and uses pecan wood. Unfortunately, the sauce they use just isn't for me. Their ribs are usually over cooked and tough. I'm pretty sure they boil them too. Their pulled pork is an awful mush and the coleslaw is about as tasty as cotton balls sprinkled with pepper.

The ONLY good BBQ you get around here is from a few caterers who do not have retail establishments. Carson City BBQ company has some of the best BBQ sauce and rubs I've ever tasted. BJ's BBQ based out of Sparks, Nevada is the only restaurant around that I consider excellent BBQ. Just too far of a drive for me though. http://www.bjsbbq.com/

The sauce of choice here is the thick, sweet, tomato based. You can't even find any mustard/vinegar based sauce. If you ask for it they look at you like what planet are you from?

That's why I am so thankful for BBQ Central! As I'm sure most of you know, your own stuff your own way is the best
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not a chili dog fan either. I like mine with on a toasted or grilled roll with ketchup, Weber hot mustard relish and lots of onions. Ive been known to make a slit in the hot dog, stuff it with cheese and wrap in bacon. Around these parts, thats known as a "Whistle Pig"
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:08 PM   #10
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After my Southern trip I really like the slaw dogs.
But I can still go for a good grilled dog with mustard and onions. (and some ketchup now and then) Natural casings are the best.
What is everyones type of cooking you like the best? Boiled, grilled, etc.?
Jim if you "reinvent" that chili recipe pass it forward!
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