National hot dog month
July 3rd, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.

During hot dog season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), 818 hotdogs are eaten every second. And on the Fourth of July, Americans devour approximately 150 million hot dogs; that's enough to stretch from coast to coast five times.

Depending on where you are, hot dogs can look and taste completely different. From slaw dogs in the South to Chicago dogs in the Second City to Detroit’s Coney dogs, cities take their hot dogs very seriously.

One of the first mentions of cooking sausages can be found in Homer’s Odyssey: "As when a man besides a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted."

Hot dogs have come a long way since Homer’s days. These days you’ll find bacon-wrapped, fried hot dogs and even chicken, turkey and veggie dogs.

As for toppings, a hot dog loves them all. Whether you stick to simple ketchup and mustard, add chili or sauerkraut, hot dogs do not discriminate. So, this month, take some time to experiment with a childhood classic that’s all grown up.

Sink your teeth into this hot dog expertise:
Frank talk: Pairing wine with hot dogs
5@5 – Turn your hot dog into a top dog
Best dogs for 'Hot Dog Season'
Relish the taste of Detroit-style hot dogs at Motor City Coney Island
Haute dogs to relish

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    August 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
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    July 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Truth™@AleeD

      I always hate seeing your hopes get dashed there, Darlin'.
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      July 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
      • AleeD®@Turth™

        We have 4 long & hard days we got off from work together. We'll find something hot & juicy to fill up the space. ~_~

        July 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Courtney


    We here at the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council love what you’re doing with your site, and we’re sure you’re just as excited about National Hot Dog Month as we are. We wanted to let you know about an upcoming contest we’re hosting called Hot Dog Idol.

    The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is celebrating National Hot Dog Month by calling on hot dog fans across America to sing a hot dog song. Songs can be original or you can change the lyrics to your favorite song, but the goal is the same: sing to profess your love of hot dogs in a video or audio post.

    The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to the grocery store of their choosing to build the perfect summer picnic. First runner-up will receive a $100 gift certificate to the grocery store of their choosing, and second runner-up will receive a $50 gift card to the grocery store of their choosing. All top three vote-getters will receive complimentary Council T-shirts.

    Full contest information is available here (

    Would you be willing to promote this contest on your blog? If there’s anything we can assist you with in return, just let us know. We’d love to connect with you on Facebook as well (

    Courtney G
    Public Affairs Intern
    National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

    June 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • RC

      I'm a member of the Sausage Council.

      August 29, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • RC

      Can I be a member of the Sausage Council?

      August 29, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  4. RichardHead

    Pass the mustard, Snowbunny.....It's eatin' time.

    July 16, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Hot dogs are gros, though I've been known to eat one or two when starving. Doused in spicy mustard and ketchup.

      Even brats I can only eat about half. Too salty

      July 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
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