Hot dogs are one of those foods that started somewhere else but eventually became an adopted American food. From ballparks to busy streets they are a quick and easy lunch for people in every walk of life.
In the spirit of National Hot Dog Day we wanted to provide a few safety tips and then some insight into the rules and regulations when eating hotdogs.
First, hot dogs are actually one of the most common choking hazards for children and adults alike.
Gary Smith, the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio once described hot dogs this way, “If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child’s airway, it would be a hot dog.”
So taking preventative steps with both yourself and any children is vital. The National Safety Council on Choking Prevention and Safety Tips wrote a very good article about choking safety and preventing which details ways in which everyday people can help save a life.
And of course, always call 911 in case of emergency.
For as many crime shows that are on TV they are woefully unevolved in their thinking of what public safety professionals eat. If an officer’s diet was dictated by television only it would consist of coffee, water (only by a water cooler for exposition to the main plot), pizza (from the nice middle eastern man outside the precinct) or hot dogs (which the characters will proudly proclaim as the best in the city).
Hot dogs consumed on crime shows are largely passable (mustard and sauerkraut) but when looking at the modern hot dog landscape there are a number of Class A felonies that go unnoticed everyday.
Here are some of our favorite rules for hot dog consumption.
Rule 1: Ketchup has an age limit
Wanted to start with the most controversial but ketchup doesn’t belong on hot dogs (or anything except French Fries) after a person hits 18. Don’t believe us? Even the American Meat Institute’s National Hotdog and Sausage Council states, “No one should squirt ketchup on a hot dog after the age of 18”. Their council president, Janet Riley, goes as far as to say, “You have to grow up sometime.” In ketchup-eater’s defense she does dub herself the “Queen of Wein”. But if you’re still having trouble believing us we will let Dirty Harry further emphasize our point.
Rule 2: Test the fork rule
Most places will argue that hot dogs should always be eaten with hands only. We find that without enough chili you can put that rule to the test. Chili dogs are always a viable option for a quick dinner or the go-to for a poor bachelor. We suggest loading up on the chili but if you are looking for something a little cleaner Gordon Ramsey’s recipe looks amazing.
Rule 3: Get crazy
Finding a way to spice up your meal is always ideal. Bacon wrapping, corn-breading then deep frying, and adding fried food are all great ways to add some flavor. Buzzfeed recently went nuts with some of their recipes if you’re feeling adventurous.
Rule 4: Pick your beverage wisely
Our favorite “Queen of Wein” above stresses smart beverage choices with your hot dog. A cold beer, tea or lemonade all fit with the traditional barbecue them. A ketchup-contaminated hot dog and a glass of warm white wine would be an interesting first date idea however.
For a full break down from our Queen please watch this video: