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Unless you're going rogue on some frankfurters this Fourth of July like the competitive eaters at Coney Island, you're going to want to make sure your dog is dressed to impress for the festivities.
Five Tips for Hot Dog Success: Josh Sharkey and Brandon Gillis
These condiments provide the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, tang and fat for dressing dogs. Plus, they work so well with other all other toppings. If it isn't broke, why fix it?"
2. Pickles, pickles and more pickles
Want to make your own special relish, but don't have the time? Buy a few different types of pickles from the store, chop finely and you have relish in an instant.
Balance the relish out with some mayonnaise and mustard and you have hot dog nirvana."
3. Cabbage a million ways
For our slaw dog, we take cabbage and carrots, salt them overnight, and then toss with our version of a traditional slaw dressing. The cool, sweet, and tangy slaw provides a nice counterbalance to the rich and smoky flavor of a dog.
If you want to be ambitious, braise sauerkraut with bacon, onions, wine and apples for a hearty topping for the dogs."
And if you want to ramp up the smoky qualities of your dog, a few pieces of crisp bacon will definitely do the trick.
To cut the richness of the meat-on-meat combo add some slaw or pickles. Either way you really can't go wrong. "
5. Putting it all together
Try to play around with different flavor combinations such as sweet and sour or hot and spicy. Use braised pork shoulder with spicy slaw and mustard, or chopped pickles with marinated cabbage and mayo as a couple of options.
But if you ever find yourself in the vicinity of really great hot dog, we suggest you leave it plain and remember the reason why you came to love them in the first place."
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