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Hot Dog Toppings!

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 · American BBQ Delicatessen Fast Food

* Hot Dog Toppings!

Posted on July 1, 2017
* Hot Dog Toppings!

With July 4th rapidly approaching- Jeff Eats would be remiss if I didn’t ask you guys what you “top” your hot dogs with?

Not to sway your answers- “this” is Jeff Eats’ favorite hot dog play…

All Beef/Soft Bun/Grilled/Deli Mustard/Warm Sauerkraut

42 Comments to “Hot Dog Toppings!”

  1. Zane Beyer says...

    Mustard Still the Top Dog of Hot Dog Toppings, According to Hot Dog King JJ’s Red Hots

    Media Darling JJ’s, Recently Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Releases Fourth Annual Top Ten Hot Dog Toppings List Just in Time for Fourth of July, JJ’s Fifth Anniversary and the Most Popular Hot Dog Day of the Year

    CHARLOTTE, June 30, 2017 – With July 4th, the most popular Hot Dog Day of the Year on the horizon, JJ’s Red Hots, has some good advice: don’t forget the mustard, which is still the Top Dog of Hot Dog toppings.
    JJ’s, the Charlotte-based, national award-winning upscale Hot Dog and Sausage brand, which was featured earlier this year on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network, today released its fourth annual study of the Top Ten Hot Dog Toppings, based on five years of the brand’s sales data.
    According to JJ’s, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on July 4th and has featured more than 300 toppings on its Hot Dogs since 2012, America loves their Hot Dogs with the following toppings, in order of preference in the past year:
    1) Mustard
    2) Chili
    3) Cheese
    4) Onions
    5) Relish
    6) Kraut
    7) Slaw
    8) Ketchup
    9) Bacon
    10) Pickles

    The normal suspects, chili, cheese, onions and relish rounded out the top five for the fourth consecutive year. Ketchup, JJ’s founder and proprietor Jonathan Luther’s least favorite topping, refuses to go away, fading but still listed at #8.
    “Old habits die hard,” said Luther. “While we are always pushing the envelope to include the hottest new toppings like pulled pork and brisket, and introducing our guests to things they’ve never tried before, we always make the classic ingredients available and more often than not, guests opt for traditional favorites.”
    According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans consume seven billion Hot Dogs between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, yet the most popular day of them all is July 4th, when Americans will consume more than 150 million Hot Dogs, enough to stretch from Washington DC to Los Angeles more than five times.
    “Every Day is July 4th at JJ’s,” said Brandy Newton, JJ’s chief brand officer. “But on July 4th, we’ll be offering one of our most popular dogs, the Chili Cheese Coney, featured on Triple D, for $2.99 and will be pouring select $2 drafts. It’s the most popular Hot Dog day of the year and we cannot wait to see our friends and fans. And, of course, we’ll be packing plenty of mustard.”
    JJ’s 4th Annual Top Ten Hot Dog Toppings list was released as the brand remains on an incredible roll that began on July 4th five years ago. In addition to February’s “Triple D” feature on Food Network and making Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list for two years running, JJ’s has swept all of Charlotte’s Best Hot Dog awards in the past five years. Most recently, JJ’s was named by Tabelog as One of The 10 Most Unique Hotdog Joints in America, was cited by Spoon University as The 50 Best Foods to Eat in Charlotte Before You Die and as one of the 10 Best Hot Dog Joints Across the State by North Carolina’s Our State magazine.
    # # #
    About JJ’s Red Hots
    JJ’s Red Hots is the premier purveyor of “hand-crafted” char-grilled hot dogs and sausages with two locations and several portable vehicles in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The restaurant concept is built on solid, hardworking values and is modeled after venerable establishments like Ted’s in Buffalo, NY, Gene and Jude’s in Chicago, and many others. Still, JJ’s is a true American original featuring house-made, scratch prepared sides and toppings served alongside time tested, revered American brands like Weber’s Mustard, Martin’s Rolls, Cheerwine and Coca-Cola. Perhaps most proudly, JJ’s Red Hots serves smokehouse hot dogs from Sahlen’s Meat Packing Company in Buffalo, NY. Sahlen’s is a 146-year-old company that remains family owned and operated, and makes, in our opinion, the best hot dogs in the world.

  2. Joe Kennedy says...

    Jeff, I’m with you, mustard and sauerkraut is the way to go. Another play for me is mustard and sautéed onions.
    Happy July 4th.

  3. Roy Colby says...

    Chili & Mustard for me.

  4. Zed says...

    Mustard and sautéed onions.

  5. Tanya says...

    Green relish, mustard and chopped onions.

  6. Lo Lo says...

    Mustard and kraut.

  7. Jon G says...

    1 with mustard and kraut and
    1 with mustard and Sabrett’s onions in sauce.
    Then a grilled medium-rare burger and well done French fries with a Dr. Brown’s Black cherry to wash it all down with.
    That’s a meal!!

  8. Joe Kramer says...

    First things first, the hot dog has to be a 100% all beef hot dog, next it has to be grilled or broiled never boiled, next it’s going in a super soft bun, next topped with deli mustard and warm kraut or deli mustard and sautéed onions.

  9. Ellen G says...

    Not to scare you guys, but I like ketchup on my hot dog with chopped onions.

  10. Andy Gold says...

    Grill hot dogs until slightly charred. While hot dogs are grilling heat nacho cheese or cheez whiz in a small pan over low heat. Toast hot dog buns cut side down on the grill until lightly browned. Step 4: To assemble hot dogs- place each hot dog into a bun and top with cheese sauce, steak, green pepper, and onion.

  11. TURNER says...

    Grilled dog, toasted bun, topped with Mac And Cheese.

  12. Carl Furillo says...

    Cheese Wiz and Carmalized Onions.

  13. Hank B says...

    I like boiled dogs better than grilled ones.

    Buttered toasted bun, green relish and chopped onions.

  14. Gary Goldberg says...

    Mustard and kraut.

  15. SidRidesABike says...

    Grilled 100% beef dog, buttered toasted bun, mustard, coleslaw, pickle slices.

  16. Joe D'Amato says...

    Grilled all beef hot dog, toasted bun, mustard.

  17. Ron G says...

    Chez Wiz, bacon, toasted bun, grilled dog.

  18. Gino D says...

    Nothing beats a grilled Hebrew National Hot Dog in a soft bun smothered with hot kraut and topped with deli mustard. A close second substitute the kraut with sautéed onions.

  19. Carmen Winters says...

    I love hot dogs. Sabrett’s are my favorite. The dogs have to be grilled, never boiled. You need a really soft bun. Top the dog with green relish and deli mustard and you are set.

  20. Judy Kim says...

    Grilled Chicago Dogs
    Grilled Chicago Dogs Recipe

    Dress up typical franks with the Windy City’s favorite condiments.


    8 hot dogs
    8 hot dog potato buns
    Bread and butter pickles, sliced
    1 c. sliced cherry tomatoes
    1/4 c. Chopped white onion
    sweet pickle relish
    1 c. Shredded lettuce
    Yellow mustard, for serving

    Preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and cook hot dogs 2 minutes on each side.
    Assemble hot dogs: Line bun with pickles slices, then add hot dog and top with tomatoes, onions, relish and lettuce. Drizzle with mustard and serve.
    Judy Kim is a NYC-based food stylist, recipe developer, and photographer. She also writes recipes for her website The Judy Lab.

  21. Mr. Diamond says...

    Mustard and kraut. period!!!!!

  22. James Thomas says...

    Nathan’s grilled dogs with mustard and kraut.

  23. Personally I like my dogs topped with pepperoni slices and mustard.

  24. Allan Wechsler says...

    Grilled beef hot dog, toasted buttered bun, dog wrapped in bacon, Cheeze Wiz on top.

  25. The simpler the better.
    Mustard & Kraut.

  26. Boiled beef dog, buttered toasted poppy seed bun, slices of half sour pickle, chopped onions, mustard, sliced tomatoes.

  27. Chowfather says...

    The Foie gras dog at the now closed Hot Doug’s in Chicago was money

  28. Personally I like a steamed Hebrew National hotdog with mustard and green relish with chopped onions in a toasted bun.

  29. Joesph P says...

    Mustard & Kraut.

  30. Tanya says...

    Grilled 100% All Beef Hot Dog
    Toasted Bun

  31. Put me down for grilled onions and mustard.
    Broiled or grilled dogs, lightly toasted buttered bun.

  32. You can’t beat a grilled Nathan’s hot dog in a soft bun with hot kraut and mustard.

  33. Larry Fine says...

    Mustard and kraut. Grilled dog. Soft bun.

  34. Paul Garcia says...

    Mac & Cheese, Grilled Onions, Bacon, Toasted Butter Bun

  35. Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Onion, Toasted Buttered Bun.

  36. Calvin Johnson says...

    Chili, mustard and chopped onions.

  37. Miguel says...

    Ketchup and onions

  38. Morris Levy says...

    Mustard kraut onions

  39. Donny D says...


  40. Jerry James says...

    Chili, Mustard. Potato Sticks, Toasted Bun.

  41. From: Barbara Schotanus
    Subject: Sabrett Onions

    Message Body:
    Jersey Girl here – I live in Venice, FL and am ‘jonesin’ for a dirty water dog. I have a really good recipe for Sabrett Onions, but do you know ANYWHERE I can buy them? Asked Publix (discontinued) Winn Dixie (they are CLUELESS as to what I am referring to) Walmart (same as WD) C’mon Brooklyn – hook me up!!!!!!

    • JeffEats says...

      Barbara Schotanus,

      Try Walmart.

      Thanks for reading…

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