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How To Make A Chicago Hot Dog

Updated on May 1, 2013

Chicago Style Hot Dogs Are The Best In The World

Until you've tasted a delicious Chicago Style Hotdog then you've never really had a hotdog. They are one of my favorite all time hotdogs now and I make them often because the flavors of a Chicago Style Hot Dog are just perfect.
Until you've tasted a delicious Chicago Style Hotdog then you've never really had a hotdog. They are one of my favorite all time hotdogs now and I make them often because the flavors of a Chicago Style Hot Dog are just perfect.

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Here you see a Char Style Chicago Style Hot Dog where the beef frank has been split and grilled until it is charred. These are really popular in Chicago. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can Chicago Style Hot Dogs are some of the best hot dogs in the world. Do you know how to make them. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can enjoy this unique gastronomical delight.Boz is one of the more popular places to get a Hot Dog in Chicago.
Here you see a Char Style Chicago Style Hot Dog where the beef frank has been split and grilled until it is charred. These are really popular in Chicago. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can
Here you see a Char Style Chicago Style Hot Dog where the beef frank has been split and grilled until it is charred. These are really popular in Chicago. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can
Chicago Style Hot Dogs are some of the best hot dogs in the world. Do you know how to make them. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can enjoy this unique gastronomical delight.
Chicago Style Hot Dogs are some of the best hot dogs in the world. Do you know how to make them. You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can enjoy this unique gastronomical delight.
Boz is one of the more popular places to get a Hot Dog in Chicago.
Boz is one of the more popular places to get a Hot Dog in Chicago.

How to Make a Chicago Hot Dog

You have not eaten a hot dog until you've eaten a Chicago hot dog. In just a few steps, you can enjoy this unique gastronomical delight, share it with all your friends and join an elite level of carnivorous snobs!

Steps

  1. Steam a hot dog bun until soft; not soggy.
  2. Place a cooked Beef hot dog in the bun.
  3. Coat hot dog with yellow mustard to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped onion (grilled or raw).
  5. Spoon relish over onion, and then lay three sport peppers lengthwise.
  6. Garnish with tomato wedges, crisp pickle spear, and celery salt to taste.

Tips

  • Use only All Beef hot dogs. There is no substitute for those seeking a genuine Chicago hot dog.
  • Use only yellow mustard. Use of ketchup is not recommended.
  • Relish should be of a neon-green hue.
  • Some purists argue that only tomato "wedges" rather than the slices (photographed above) should be used.
  • Cucumbers, green pepper strips, and table salt are acceptable options.
  • Fries, if served with your hot dog, should be seeping with grease and well salted.

Warnings

  • Never use ketchup on a Chicago hot dog. A purist won't even have a bottle of ketchup in the same room. (If you must use ketchup, use it on your fries.)

Things You'll Need

  • Steamed hot dog bun
  • All Beef hot dog (steamed or charred)
  • Yellow mustard
  • Chopped onion (grilled or raw)
  • Relish
  • Sport peppers
  • Tomato wedges
  • Crisp pickle spear
  • Celery salt

The first time I ever had a Chicago Style Hot Dog I wondered how in the world did I go for over forty years of my life with out tasting a hot dog this good. I think for your Chicago Style Hot Dog to be really good you need to grill your beef hot dogs on a charcoal grill. That's the way several of the places in downtown Chicago serve them and they are oh so delicious.

I like to serve sweet red or purple onions on my hot dogs and they have to be grilled in butter until done but not browned or burnt. Gardenia peppers which come in a jar in most supermarkets are also perfect for your Chicago Style Hot Dog.

Did you know that Chicago has more hot dog cafes and restaurants than McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King combined. The Hot Dog is one of the most popular foods in Chicago and to most people in Chicago it must be a Chicago Style Hot Dog.

Where Did Chicago Style Hot Dogs Come From?

Many people make the claim that Chicago Style Hot Dogs and their distinctive toppings came from Maxwell Street in Chicago. A place called Fluky's is said to have served the first Chicago Style Hot Dog on Maxwell Street and the rest is said to be history. It is said that they started serving the Depression Era Sandwich in 1929.

A lot of the Hot Dog stands in the Chicago area today serve hand cut french fries and they are often served with the hot dogs.

In case you don't know a Char Dog is cooked on a charcoal grill after it has been split. It is called a Char Dog because it is cooked until charred as in the photo above.

Superdawg locations in Chicago substitute a pickled tomato for the fresh ones. Some people will tell you that the tomato must be pickled to be an authentic Chicago Hotdog but that's still up to debate.

A lot of the hot dogs in the Chicago area are steamed or boiled before the sandwich is put together while others will split the all beef wiener and grill it on a charcoal grill.



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More Information About The Chicago Style Hot Dog

Purists from Chicago say that the bun must be a poppy seed bun for the hot dog to be really good and don't think about putting a chicken wiener on a Chicago Style Hot Dog. It must be a all beef hot dog.

Your onions should be white onions and they should all be chopped fine and all should be of about the same size. The mustard should be yellow. There should be bright green hot dog relish and a dill pickle spear or two. And the tomatoes should be sliced and only from a real ripe tomato please. You can have peppers of any kind but to a person from Chicago ketchup just doesn't belong. They would probably kill you or throw you in the river if you tried to put it on their hot dog.

Some people say the buns must be steamed while others say the bun must be toasted in butter on a flat grill before you put the hot dog together. Either way works out just perfect as far as I'm concerned. If you have any questions about Chicago Style Hot Dogs feel free to post them below and I'll be quick to give you an answer.

The typical all beef wiener sold in the Chicago area weighs about 2 ounces and it is always all beef.

Photo's From Hot Doug's In Chicago

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Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.Differnt types of hot dogs served at Hot Doug's. A Delicious Chicago Style Hot Dog Is In This Photo. Don't You Wish You Had One? I Know I Do.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Hot Doug's Hot Dogs And Sausages In Chicago.
Differnt types of hot dogs served at Hot Doug's.
Differnt types of hot dogs served at Hot Doug's.
A Delicious Chicago Style Hot Dog Is In This Photo. Don't You Wish You Had One? I Know I Do.
A Delicious Chicago Style Hot Dog Is In This Photo. Don't You Wish You Had One? I Know I Do.

Hot Doug's In Chicago

Hot Doug's is a Chicago Restaurant that serves delicious hot dogs and sausages in Chicago. If you are ever in Chicago be sure to stop by and spend an afternoon there eating delicious Chicago Style Hot Dogs and hand cut french fries. Yes they will let you have ketchup to go on your homemade hand cut french fries.

Just know that if you go at the wrong time of the day you can at times have to wait an hour to just get in the door at Hot Doug's. Yes their food really is that good. So be sure that if your in Chicago that you stop in and check it out.

Some Hot Dog Records You May Not Know

The world's largest hot dog was 197 feet long and it was served on a 198 foot long bun. How would you have liked to have a go at that one. The world record hot dog was made at the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo Japan.

The most expensive hot dog ever served was prepared and served by Chef Joe Calderone in Manhattan New York in 2010. The hot hog was topped with truffle oil, duck foie gras and truffle butter. It sold for $69.00 plus tax.

The Guinness World Records certified a new record for the most expensive hot dog in 2012 on May 31. It sold for $145.49 and featured a grilled 18" all beef wiener. The sales of the hot dogs went to charity. How many of those do you think you could eat?

Joey Chesnut won the world famous Nathans Hot Dog contest in 2011 by eating 62 hot dogs and buns. Can you even imagine doing that. All I can say is wow.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Hebrew National are the hot dogs I buy here simply because they are all beef and there is not a great selection here in North Carolina. Hebrew National are all beef. The fries from the fry recipe are really great. Unless you make it here there is nowhere to get a Chicago Style Hot Dog. I don't know why we don't have hot dog restaurants here in North Carolina. I wish we did.

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      Josh Woods 

      5 years ago from United States

      I love Chicago Hot Dogs. Probably my favorite type of hot dog. When I traveled to Chicago back in 2003 I had my first one...it was amazing. Since then I have had many Chicago style dogs, but non as good as the first one I had. I haven't tried to put one together myself before, it just always seems easier to go pick one up from a restaurant or food truck.Before I make my first Chicago hot dogs I have a few question. In your opinion CrazyHourseGhost, what is the best brand or type of buns, franks, and other essential ingredients for a Chicago Dog? Also, if you were going to get a Chicago Dog at a restaurant, where would you go around your home? The only places close to where I live that make Chicago Dogs are Sonic and Steak-N-Shake. Sonic's is Chicago dog is disappointing, but Steak-N-Shake has a just OK one to me.

      If I am ever back in Chicago I will try out Hot Doug's for sure. There is nothing more fun for my wife and I than trying new places to eat.

      Maybe it's just me, but your Best Fries recipe @https://hubpages.com/food/How-To-Make-The-Best-Fri... would go great with a Chicago Dog.

      Thanks for the great info...oh and I prefer a pickled tomato. I wonder who else does?

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