While there was one local hot dog place I was intrigued to try in celebration of this day (Up Dog, I mean come on, the name itself is hilarious) it unfortunately didn’t fit into my schedule this week, so I settled for some grilled at home on the good ole electric grill.
I did, however, decide to try a different hot dog in honor of the occasion, straying from the usual Ball Park and Oscar Meyer varieties in favor of something on the healthier side: Applegate Naturals Uncured Turkey Hot Dogs.
I know, I know. I’ve gotten a lot of flack from friends in the past for going for the turkey alternatives to beef before, particularly when it comes to hot dogs and burgers. And sometimes, they’ve got a point. I’ve had my fair share of ‘just decent’ turkey dogs, but I have to honestly say, these were damn good. Like really, really good. Not only did they taste just like a hot dog, they tasted like a really good hot dog.
Granted they were slightly more expensive than the average hot dog (I believe they were around $4.50 – $4.75 for a pack of six, when you can typically pay a buck less for a pack of ten), but I would argue that they’re worth it. Especially since they have no fillers, no antibiotics, are humanely raised, and are gluten, casein (whatever that is), sugar and dairy free. If you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not necessarily, but it explains the slightly more expensive price, and made me feel like I was enjoying a healthier product and even more surprised that it still tasted incredibly good.
We grilled ’em up and enjoyed them on a bun with some corn on the cob (slathered in butter and topped with chili powder). And of course, topped it all off with the only condiment that belongs on a hot dog, mustard. And I’m not even from Chicago.