Hog Dog History

Hot Dog, Sausage, Cucumber, Roll

Also called a frankfurter or wiener, the hot dog’s origin is claimed by the city of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, and by a butcher living in Coburg, Germany., who traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product, sometime in the late 1600s. Either way, German immigrants attracted not only the sausage together in the 1800s, but also their beloved dachshund dogs, and the name probably started as a joke about the little, long, thin dogs.

Food historians at Yale University say that the word”hot dog” started appearing in faculty magazines back in the 1890s. When students began calling wagons outside their dormitories selling hot sausages as”puppy wagons.” It did not take long for the word”dog” to become”hot dog.” German immigrants first sold them from push carts in New York City’s Bowery in the 1860s. Another story recounts a German butcher, Charles Feltman, in 1871 hawked sausages with milk rolls out of his stand on Coney Island, beginning a trend to this day of the famous”Coney Dog,” (usually topped with a savory meat sauce). The bun made its debut at the Colombian Exposition a few years later where visitors gobbled them down in large quantities. Vendors had a hit on their hands, and we can thank Germans for their culinary contribution.

These 2016 statistics bear out the massive demand and fame; Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (more than 36 million pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia. Dodger fans alone consumed 2.6 million in 2016 the birthplace of the Dodger Dog, a 10 inch pork wiener wrapped in a steamed bun sold at Dodger Stadium; across the Nation leading league fans enjoyed 19.4 million during the 2016 season;

+On Independence Day (July 4th) Americans enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from to D.C. to L.A. over five times;

+During peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion; that’s 818 consumed every second.

+Top hot dog consuming cities are home to a major league baseball team (no

Los Angeles

+Nathan’s – started in 1916 by a Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker selling a 5 center from his stand on Coney Island, they still predominate NYC and are famous for their July 4th eating competition; reigning men’s champion again in 2018, Joey Chestnut (using a record 74 at 10 minutes) and Miki Sudo (women’s) at 37 (burp);

+Wienerschnitzel – an American fast food chain based in 1961, also known as the World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain 358 places;

+Chicago style – that does not know what this is: hot dog, poppy seed bun, Vienna wiener, mustard, tomato wedges, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt, don’t even mention the”k” word (ketchup);

Most popular retail brands:

+Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners (no surprise here)
+Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks (fewer additives and fillers)
+Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters (who?)
Costco – In 2015, Costco food courts sold 128 million hot dogs; in $1.50 (includes drink) on average, up from 100 million a year before;

Retail sales – 1 billion pounds were sold at retail stores. That number represents more than $2.4 billion in retail sales.

+Chicago’s O’Hare Airport sells six times more hot dogs than Los Angeles and LaGuardia Airport combined which clocks in at 725,000; travelers expect for a flight delay so they can nosh on these dogs;

Well, statistics do not lie.Americans love their hot dogs, and they have their own distinct methods of preparing and enjoying them. Whether you select sauerkraut, chili, cheese, mustard, relish, onions, ketchup or all the above, nothing satisfies like a hot dog. Eaten on the run, wolfed down from a street vendor or savored in a backyard barbecue, they are pure American and everyone can enjoy them anywhere, anytime. So pile on the condiments and chow down.

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