It’s National Hot Dog Day! I had no idea there was an entire day dedicated to my favorite ball pack snack! I read that “each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone.” Wow. That’s a lot of hot dogs! No wonder they have decided to name July 23rd National Hot Dog Day! Why that day?! I’m not really sure, I wish it were June 23rd because that is my youngest son’s birthday! This theme this year was Mickey Mouse, so of course we had to make “hot diggity dogs.”
We actually made them two different ways because my husband and I have been trying to tell how much a difference using a grill rather than pan frying them makes an impact. In my opinion, anything and everything is better on the grill but as you can tell from the picture, you can’t even tell which 4 are grilled and which 4 were pan fried. It’s all about the cut and rotation when it comes to having an amazing hot dog.
Since I have learned about National Hot Dog Day, I’ve done some research to see how this came to be and I unfortunately couldn’t find anything verifying the creator or origin of National Hot Dog Day. I however will be celebrating this holiday, official or not because America’s favorite sandwich deserves to have a full day to celebrate the deliciousness for National Hot Dog Day!
For the best hot dogs ever, try these extra little tips!
- Slice hot dogs vertically (I make 5) before placing them on the grill (or frying pan)
- If using a frying pan, make sure you use butter not oil because this totally changes the flavor of the hot dogs.
- If you are grilling, it should only take 2-4 minutes per side, to get a nice dark crunch on there.
- I prefer mine a little bit darker so I ask my husband to grill them for 3-5 minutes!
- If you are cooking in a frying pan, make sure that you use medium heat because the butter hurts when it splatters!
- Cook hot dogs for 3-4 minutes on each side. For an added crunch, break apart the pieces in between the slits and fry up the inside. It’s so delicious! That’s what I do when I mix hot dogs with mac n cheese.
I hope you choose to celebrate National Hot Dog Day with us!