The New York Times food department has published their first official hot dog blind tasting. The hot dogs were cooked on a gas grill until well browned. The judging was based on seasoning, beefiness, snap, and texture. Then, each was eaten in a bun with the judge’s preferred condiments. The results:The Best
:#1: Wellshire Farms Premium All-Natural Uncured Beef Franks.
#2: Hebrew National Kosher Beef Franks
The Middle of the Pack
:#3: Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog
#4: Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks
#5: Oscar Meyer Classic Beef Uncured Franks
#6: Boar’s Head Beef Frankfurters Original Family Recipe
#7: The Brooklyn Hot Dog Company Smoked And Uncured Classic Beef Dogs
#8: Niman Ranch Fearless Beef Franks
:#9: Trader Joe’s Organic Grass-Fed Uncured Beef Hot Dogs
#10: Ball Park Uncured Beef Franks* How did they not rate “Farmer Fugly’s All-Natural Pig Lips and Ankle Cartilage Flesh-Colored Filipino Franks”?* Jeeze Louise – with most of these it takes longer to say the brand than it does to eat the hot dog.* Thanks, but I’d prefer not to have a hot dog with “snap”.* The judges carried out their duties with relish.* What’s with the “uncured” franks? If I’m eating a hot dog, I’d like to know there’s a cure out there.* The New York Times is getting like a hot dog: Lots of filler.