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Updated on April 13, 2014

Anything Better Then A Hot Dog?

Is there anything better then on a summer day eating a steamed or grilled Hot Dog? I like them with everything on them or with just mustard. And I'm pretty sure even the health gurus' on TV eat them every once in a while.

A Hot Dog that is cooked right and dressed perfectly can put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Plump and juicy sitting on a plain bun, a fancy seeded bun or just between two slices of bread can transport you back to your childhood faster then a tall glass of lemonade. 

Mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, sour kraut, pickles, and on and on. Try a little celery salt or garlic salt in boiling water when cooking your Hot Dogs. Wrap them in a really sharp cheese before they hit the bun. I love dicing up fresh from the garden tomatoes and cilantro, mixing in some olive oil and smothering the Hot Dogs in it all. And don't get me started about fresh pepper  or green tomato salsa on my Hot Dogs.  

Can you ever sing the praises of Hot Dogs enough? Of course you can't, Hot Dogs are the embodiment of summer in America. Oh and it doesn't matter if your state is blue or red, Hot Dogs are for everyone. 

Call it a Hot Dog, Frankfurter, Coney, Tube Steak or Wiener. They all cook up with flavor and deliver enjoyment in every bite.

What's New in the News - Gourmet Dogs, New Toppings and more

In the Miami area there is a new dog house and it's called Franktitude They have toppings galore and even a salmon dog on a whole wheat bun. If I ever visit the area you can bet I'll be there.

Oh and also in the Miami area and a couple of other Florida locations is the Dogma Grill.This place has beef, turkey and veggie dogs with so many toppings I would never leave.

In New York City Mandler's Original Sausage Co unfortunately has closed, this place was a topping freaks heaven and it will be missed. Check out Crif's I have not been to but have heard it's good and also I've heard great thing about Westville, a place you can take a date who wants a salad while you try a few of their hot dogs, don't let the word organic on their menu scare you, they have the goods.

Don't forget the Brooklyn Diner in Times Square and also at Carnegie Hall, they have something called the 15 Bite Hot Dog and believe me it's big.

July is national Hot dog month and that means that Nathan's will have their famous Hot Dog eating contest on July 4th.

On CBS Bobby Flay makes his way around the country, The Early Show's celebrity chef collects the recipes he likes best from the foods he samples - and that includes hot dogs.

YOU know those hot dogs that you know and love, and can't wait to eat this time of year? The ones served at Katz's Delicatessen, Gray's Papaya, Papaya King, the legendary Dominick's truck in Queens and the best "dirty water dog" carts?

A mouth watering article from the NYT.

4th of July 2009 at Nathan's Chestnut keeps hot dog title

4th if July 2008 - Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Joey Chestnut edged Takeru Kobayashi in overtime during the 93rd annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Friday.

Chestnut, the defending champion, and Kobayashi, a six-time former champ, both consumed 59 hot dogs during the 10-minute regulation time period, forcing a five-dog eat off.

Chestnut then squeaked by the Japanese legend in the overtime period, retaining the famous Mustard Belt.

Last year, Chestnut stunned Kobayashi by consuming a world-record 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes.

Both boiling and steaming take around 7-10 minutes to cook. Use 4 cups of water per dog when boiling. I put celery or garlic salt in the water to add a bit more flavor.

Some people find letting the Hot Dogs cook until they break open is best and others only heat them for 3 to 5 minutes. While Hot Dogs are precooked heating them through is recommended and brings out the flavor.

Get On Board - Invite Your Neighbors to A BBQ

Get On Board - Invite Your Neighbors to A BBQ
Get On Board - Invite Your Neighbors to A BBQ

Who's eating what? According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council in 2006 the top 10 dog eating areas of the country are. 1. New York - $101,356,800 2. Los Angeles - $78,290,600 3. Baltimore/Washington - $46,025,980 4. Philadelphia - $43,655,900 5. Chicago - $41,115,440 6. San Antonio/Corpus Christi, Texas - $32,647,280 7. Boston - $31,915,670 8. South Carolina - $28,511,820 9. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - $26,759,940 10. Harrisburg/Scranton, Penn. - $26,486,950

The NHDS says that Americans eat about 7 billion Hot Dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Oscar Mayer TV Ad - this was beloved by generations of hot dog eaters

Even after this commercial stopped running the song continued to pop up on playgrounds and in households for many years.From time to time it has been revived in new ad campaigns.

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Coney Island Hot Dogs - now that's a lots of hot dogs!

I'm not sure if this was produced as an advertisement or just a home movie by the stands owner but, with a catchy tune and a few words it just might have been a winner. How often have you been served hot dogs on a patterned piece of good china from the local stand?

Spotlight on A Hot Dog Program (DVD)

A Hot Dog Program
A Hot Dog Program

He's done an hour about hot dogs and hot dog shops across the United States. Another hour on flea markets. Ninety minutes about Pittsburgh's great commercial neighborhood called the Strip. You can catch can his "Sandwiches That You Will Like" on public television or on DVD. He's put together programs about pre-Disney amusement parks, really good ice cream places, "Stuff That's Gone" in western Pennsylvania, and, in a special called "Shore Things," he documented some of the non-environmental reasons why people like to go to the beach.


Grilling or frying a Hot Dog takes around 7 minutes to heat through. Letting the flames surround them for a brief time gives them that traditional grilled taste and blackened stripes.

Hot Dogs need not be grilled or fried naked. Try your favorite BBQ sauce or flavored oil on the grill and fry your Hot Dogs while you saute onions and peppers.

BBQ Your Hot Dogs

On a stick really brings out the primal Hot Dog experience. Let the Hot Dogs warm near the flames and only pass then through the flame toward the end of cooking. You also can let them catch on fire in the campfire for that full rustic black flavor and taste, but be careful.

Using foil opens up a lot of possibilities. Double fold the foil making a pouch to hold not only the Hot Dogs but salsa, onions & peppers, summer squash & tomato sauce or precooked potato slices with a butter & garlic sauce. Heat in the coals till heated through.

Spotlight on Illustrated Grilling

Handymom's Guide to Grilling: The Fast, Easy Way to Smokin' Meals!
Handymom's Guide to Grilling: The Fast, Easy Way to Smokin' Meals!

More than just a catalog of recipes for the grill, this guide can help inexperienced grill cooks approach an intimidating medium with confidence, providing information on the essential--and not so essential--tools of the trade as well as tricks and tips.


Most Hot Dogs get slapped with mustard and relish. You might be surprised how good they taste with dozens of other toppings. Try putting the Hot Dog into the bun first and then covering or smothering it with a ton of ingredients. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sauer Kraut, Fresh Chopped Tomatoes, Avocado, Wassabi Mayo, Cheese, Sauted Mushrooms, Cucumber, Artichokes, Chili, Pickles, Peppers, Hot Peppers,Bacon, Olive Oil, Brown Mustard, Ketchup, Salsa and Green Salsa.

A Buddhist went up to a hot dog stand to place an order. " Make me one with everything" he said.

A Danish Hot Dog Stand - a day in the life of a Danish Hot Dog vendor

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I love hot dogs!

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      Larry50 LM 5 years ago

      Natural casing in a toasted new england style bun for me

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I love hot dogs! Great lens...and happy National Hot Dog Day! Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love a hot dog at the ballpark!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do love hot dogs. Grill them, drop that bad boy into a roll add some mustard and relish and I am one happy guy. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How can you not love hot dogs? They may be for any season, but the best dog season is coming. Time to light the grill.

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      BloggingMogul 5 years ago

      I just love Hotdogs. Nice lens

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      I love hot dogs!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ton of fun that you can have with the hot dog, enjoyed this!

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Lots of great info. Nice lens!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Sounds good! I could really eat a good hotdog right now.

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      There's a place on the Jersey shore that grills the best hot dogs. This lens has me wanting to take a road trip!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Hot dogs are classic American snacks. I don't eat them often though ever since I looked at the ingredients. I prefer sausages and meat not completely processed thank you very much.

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      luckyone924 6 years ago

      great lens!

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      Ronlove LM 6 years ago

      very Nice!

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      food monkey 6 years ago

      nice lens!

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      Pierre Pine 6 years ago

      Great lens! Now I'm hungry and need a hot dog.

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @TrainMyPitbull: Hey TMP glad you could stop by and I think I'll join you in having a Hot Dog now.

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      TrainMyPitbull 6 years ago

      Who doesn't love a hot dot- no matter what name you call it. I think I'll have one now!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite is grilled but am also happy with pan fried and just love beans and hot dogs. Wasabi Sauce is surprisingly delicious on hot dogs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh the Coney Island dogs form Sonics. How I love thee. Hot Dogs - part of the great american cuisine.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Helpful lens with great information. Thanks!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Hotdogs seem to calm down my hunger pangs on weekends whenever I go out shopping on weekends and forget what time it is. Then, I would spot a hotdog kiosk and drop everything I am doing. Hotdog, mustard, relish on a warm bun. Yummy. I am sprinkling angel dust on this great lens.

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      I love the aroma but hardly ever eat them. Gerat lens!! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This has lens has made me so sad! I miss hot dogs so much. I grew up south side Chicago and had a least a hot dog a week and now I live in the Great Northwest and not ONE hot dog stand anywhere. Biggest thing I miss about Chicago!

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      MamasCritics2 7 years ago

      Grilled and "Chicago-Style"

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @MamasCritics2: I could use a Chicago-style right now... thanks for stopping by

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      redpillpuppet 7 years ago

      I like them with mustard, ketchup, pickles, and fried onions. Yummy!

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I know what you mean, a hot dog a day will keep the doctor away... maybe throw in some corn on the cob and all will be right with the world... thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, i can live on hot dogs and cheese and a little BBQ sauce.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      I found lots of useful information, great lens, Thanks!

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      hotdogbusiness lm 7 years ago

      Hot dog recipes are a great thing you can google as well to get top quality food that sells well in your business. Check out my lens or blog for more info as well.

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      Violin-Student 8 years ago

      I wish I could remember what was on the best hot dog I ever ate. It was outside the Bellas Artes in Mexico City. A guy was selling it from a cart just like outside every other tourist attraction in Mexico City. I just ordered the dog and let him put on whatever he wanted. I snarfed it down. My wife ate hers just as quickly.

      At first I thought it was great just because I was really hungry. But then my wife and I started talking, and we both agreed that it was outstanding. In fact, we both decided, it was the best dog we'd ever eaten.

      Now I grew up on Long Island, and I didn't think that Nathan's could be touched. My wife grew up in the midwest, and blasphemes her hot dogs with just plain ketchup. But we both wanted another shot at this magnificent creation.

      Unfortunately, I never saw the cart again.

      It's been twenty four years, and remembering how good that hot dog was still makes my mouth water.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yum! Hot dogs with mustard and onions. Double Yum!!! I miss Wienerschnitze as I haven't been to one since a little girl. FUN lens.

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      heipet 8 years ago

      Stumbled this lens! Great work.

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      JoeyFrat 8 years ago

      Yeah I don't think you can top a grilled hot dog in the summer with some chopped onions, relish, mustard, ketchup and a toasty bun. MMmmHHmmmm...

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      You have managed to make me hungry for a hot dog. We only usually eat them during BBQ season and then they are quite yummy!


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      struwwelfranz 9 years ago

      I have to admit I never have felt that strongly one way or another about this food item. So it's an achievement that you got me to read your lens!

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      juliasofia44 9 years ago

      Excellent lens.

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      blue22d 9 years ago

      When I say the title "Hot Dogs" I had to stop by. I love hot dogs. Thanks. Five stars to ya.

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      cannedguds lm 9 years ago

      I was looking for Squidoo lenses regarding dogs but instead, I got this! And this has to be the best lens that have featured some mouth-watering hotdogs! But don't tell my dachshund, he'll get angry. Oh by the way, his name is Hotdog! Anyway, thanks for sharing this! Oh, and if you have the time, you can go to this site that has different kinds of dog personal checks from Dachshund, German Shepherd, Poodle, Shih Tzu checks and much more! And you can do this while eating a hotdog! 5 stars! Good job!

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      jodijoyous 9 years ago from New York

      My mom used to sneak hot dogs as a kid (her mom was a health nut). Now, every special occasion demands franks!

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Hot Dogs. Keep up the good work.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago games...picnics...parties, hotdogs will always be a part of summer.

      Great lens.


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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Hot Dogs. Keep up the good work.

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      catfreak 9 years ago

      I didn't see Portillo's on your's very popular in Chicago-land. My hubby has a record of eating 8 of there Chili Cheese dogs in one day!! Yikes!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, you have great and very informative lens. 5 stars of course.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      definitely the best! love hot dogs too esp with cheese.

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Hot dog! Good stuff!

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      SpicySun 9 years ago

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      Petee 10 years ago

      Great lens on hot dogs. Home made corndogs are one of my favorites please check my lens Deep Fryers

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      Nathalie Roy 10 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      wow cool lens!! 5 stars. I like my hot dogs steamed with ketchup only!

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      thomasz 10 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      Margaret Schaut 10 years ago from Detroit

      Great job squidoo'in hotdogs!

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      BarryKrost 10 years ago

      You are a lensmaster of the highest order. Wow. A terrific lens!!! I love hot dogs. My favorite place is Poochies in Skokie, Illinois. They have a perfectly steamed bun, just right boiled dog(Vienna) and no overkill on toppings; just mustard, relish, onion, tomato and hot pepper (optional).

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Well now I am hungry! Awesome lens!!!

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      RonAllen 10 years ago

      Hotdog mustard, onions, chili and coleslaw = North Carolina style slawdog. Very good, sounds funny but very good! Love this lens, cheers!

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      tdove 10 years ago

      Great Lens. I added Omaha Steaks. They have great hot dogs even though you have to cook them yourself. If it's not appropriate go ahead and delete it and welcome to The G-Rated Lens Factory! 5*

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      coollikeme 10 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      Aika 10 years ago

      love hot dogs esp with cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon. Yummy! 5*, cheers!

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      AdriennePetersen 10 years ago

      I love hot dogs! My favorite is simple though, just grilling them in my cast iron skillet and on a bun with honey mustard. Great lens, 5 stars! Come visit when you have a chance.

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      NicholeB LM 10 years ago

      Awesome Lens! Now I'm hungry! For me, the best hotdog is a traditional Chicago style. Mmmmmm....

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      schaghticoke 10 years ago

      My wife says she could eat hot dogs 6 nights a week, with 1 night off to take a break! 5*

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      Partybluprints 10 years ago

      You must try Windmill Hot Dogs, they are top dog! see for yourself: If you can't get them I will mail you some.

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      hamutie28 10 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      karukera 10 years ago

      wow I'm hungry, i'm hungry!!!! come check out my lens if u have time here otherwise, "Bon appétit"!!

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      allysa 10 years ago

      hot dog on bread with cheese, bacon, ketchup. WOW! I feel hungry. ^_^ yummy lens! I'll reward you with 5 sparkling stars. If you have time, pls visit mine too. thanks

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      What a wonderful site. You are 5 star ceative.

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      Nicegoogoo 10 years ago

      Great lens and really interesting and great pics of the food.liked it and rated it 5 stars.

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      Isacrzy 10 years ago

      Hot dog, pickles cheese please,great for the 4th!!

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      Amy_VanishMyMortgage 10 years ago

      Great lens! As a mother of four, I appreciate the wealth of great information that you have provided. All the best, Amy at

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      Aika 10 years ago

      I like to eat hot dogs NOW. your lens is very tempting :) you deserve 5 hot stars! If you have time, pls visit my lens. thanks and happy eating.

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      InFlames 10 years ago

      Haha, Hot dogs are... HOT ! Gave your lens it a 5/5. Visit mine if you can. THANKS !

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      I need a hot dog now! 5/5

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      keithstieneke 10 years ago

      Chili Dogs are great but usually I too do the unthinkable and use plain old ketchup.

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      mn3guy 10 years ago

      Pass the chili, cheese and onions and I am good to go. A great American tradition on the 4th of July! Kudos on the LOTD.

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      Pierce This 2 10 years ago

      I comit the cardinal rule and put ketchup on my hot dog - Oh No!

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      RobertRao 10 years ago

      Wow.. that's a great hot info on hot dogs. Congratulations. Make my lense hot too..

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. I'm a vegetarian, but they make some pretty good veggie dogs these days. I'm in L.A. so Pink's rules!

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      Arizona-Snow 10 years ago

      Great lens. 5*.

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      TriviaChamp 10 years ago

      Congratulations! Great lens - enjoy it.

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      Pixelrage LM 10 years ago

      great topic

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      imojackie 10 years ago

      What a great lens !

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      LaurieKristensen 10 years ago

      A Doggone Delightful Lens... even inspiring! If I had not already had hot dogs for lunch with Bar-B-Q sauce plus both sweet and spicy brown mustard, I'd sure want them for dinner! ~ Laurie at

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      Encourager LM 10 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming lens of the day. Well done.

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      Janusz LM 10 years ago

      Congratulations on lotd!! Nice Lens.

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      riverrock101 10 years ago

      Simply Amazing how much you can learn about hot dogs from a squidoo lense. You should add more fastest eating hot dog contest videos, they're always fun to watch.

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      greggbirkner 10 years ago

      Great Lens. Good luck to you! Happy Hot Dog Eating everyone! Gregg at

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

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      Jennifer-Sams 10 years ago

      Well done on becoming lens of the day:o) Excellent site with great information. My mouth is watering now.

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      healthy4life lm 10 years ago

      Wow! that's a lot of information on Hot Dogs! Great lens, keep up the work.

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      bdkz 10 years ago

      Great Lens. I love it!

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      MeganCasey 10 years ago

      hot dog! great lens!

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      Great lens I gave you 5 stars. I'd love for you to Check mine out The Cookie Diet

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Great lens! 5 stars! Who doesn't love a hotdog!

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