Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Right now there’s ballpark food with its own Twitter and Tumbler feeds. The Porkfait—a.k.a. the Pulled Pork Parfait—is a high-rising, layered combo of pulled pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, served ice cream parfait–style. You can find it at Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, or you can follow it at @MillerParkPork (tweets include #braun and ERMAHGERD MAHSHERD PERTERTERS #NationalPotatoDay).
But no matter how many Twitter followers Porkfait has, the real star of baseball concession stands will always be hot dogs. And like other stadium food—like the ice cream sundae so big it needs a regulation batting helmet to contain it—it’s gotten more and more over-the-top. Here, some notable dogs to chow down on or to just look at in amazement.
Meat Lover’s Hot Dog: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds (@reds)
This super-calorie dog is meat-on-meat-on-meat. It consists of a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped Queen City sausage that’s topped with beef chili and salami that’s fried as well, plus shredded Jack cheese, stuffed into a locally made hoagie roll. “Not for those of you who want to live to see your 50th birthday,” says askmen.com.
Poutine Hot Dog: Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers (@tigers)
Comerica Park unveiled four new hot dogs for the spring opener of the Tigers’ season, including one topped with baked beans and bacon. But the most attention-getting is an ode to Canada’s power french fry snack, poutine. Sure enough, this dog is smothered with fries, gravy and big fat cheese curds. The runner-up: Comerica Park’s Late Night Dog, with cheddar, bacon and a fried egg.
Crab Mac Hot Dog: Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles (@orioles)
Stuggy’s is a Baltimore favorite for good reason. They offer eight kinds of sausage (beef, bison, turkey, bacon-wrapped, etc.) and 12 styles (such as Maui Wowie, which includes bacon, ham, BBQ sauce and pineapple salsa). The most notable combo must be the Crab Mac. The hot dog is split for maximum surface area, then smothered with mac and cheese, lump crab meat and a few shakes of Old Bay seasoning to pull it all together.
The D-Bat Dog: Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks (@dbacks)
New this season, the D-Bat is a deep-fried corn dog that’s 18 inches long—the size of a mini baseball bat. It’s stuffed with bacon, jalapeños and cheddar, and with a side of fries, it goes for $25. If that seems like a lot, both calorie- and cash-wise, the Venom dog is a relatively modest foot-long habanero sausage that’s topped with black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and costs $10.
The Totally Rossome Boomstick: Globe Life Park, Texas Rangers (@rangers)
And then there’s the dog that exceeds the D-Bat in size and price. (Because everything’s bigger in Texas, right?) The two-foot-long, one-pound Totally Rossome Boomstick will set you back $32. It’s topped with smoked brisket, pico de gallo, sour cream and since there seems to be no end in sight for the recent Dorito craze—crushed Doritos.
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You realize you people are eating butt holes?
I doubt that too many hot dogs these days have that much meat in them, regardless of which part. :)
when baseball can only sell 20 tickets a game they have to make up the costs somewhere
Finally a reason to go to a Diamondbacks game.
A potato bun. Hebrew National All Beef Hot Dog. Extra sharp cheddar cheese. Coleman's Hot Mustard. Cole Slaw.
You do realize that part of the point of the kosher hot dog is not to mix it with dairy products. It misses the point of having a kosher hot dog. Everything else sounds good though.
The other reason is they just taste better.
sounds like a baseball game
All that is far too complicated for my taste. All I need from a concession stand is a normal sized, non-deep fried hot dog a tasty beverage, and some containers of ketchup, onions, and relish off to the side. The only time I want to go all-out on a dog is from Biker Jim's.
and you can get a bypass during the 7th inning stretch!
what the heck is wrong with just mustard and onions?
the best way to have it !!!! for a lot of people, not everyone
Cnn... check the link it clearly states and I quote, "The Boomstick $26.00
A tremendous larger than life 2ft long 1lb all-beef hotdog topped with chili, nacho cheese, and grilled onions."
Looks like they just posted the wrong link. The one they mentioned is a combo of two separate menu items: http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/restaurants/headlines/20121005-rangers-new-post-season-food-includes-32-2-foot-hot-dog-on-top-of-nachos.ece
Keeping it classy on the left.
I bet some Jew selling it
Maybe. A lot of concession stands at sports games are operated by people doing it as a fundraiser for various groups. I wouldn't be surprised if a jewish community group was slinging hot dogs, lol.
YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CREMATOR-If youse DON'T spell it right.
No need to yell, it was a simple spelling error...
Was a reference to "A Few Good Men" I think.
What, where's the love for the famous Tucson Sonoran Dog: a hotdog wrapped in bacon and grilled, then covered in mayo, tomatoes, beans, onions and a variety of other sauces, typically served with a roasted pepper on the side.
Sarah Palin has been known to use a hot dog when her battery operated adult toy was broken.
With or without mustard?
If you're going to force feed me one of these tubular bologna boats, it will have ketchup. Always ketchup.
Well when ya put it like that.....
The way you emphasized the word ketchup it sounds like you have been forced to eat a hotdog or two over the years.... NOT.....
Into which orifice is the hot dog being force fed?
How much time did that guy who won the Nathan's hot dog contest by eating 86 hot dogs, have to perform this feat? And more importantly, did they stay down?
When I used to eat hot dogs: my toppings of choice were mustard, cheese, onion, bean chili. But always the mustard.
12 minutes is the Official time..Unless Viagra has been introduced into the water cup.
Then the AMA says the max time is 4 hours. One can eat quite a bit of meat in that time. ~_~
Sounds like you have eaten quite a bit of meat in your time.
My Lovely Darling…Would you rather be hit with an 100 mph bogus Baltimore Meatball, or a REAL Brisket Sammie that will leave a Non-Washable stain that is permanently imprinted into your Memory….I'll wait…..No What-A-Burger allowed. :))
Thanks for mentioning My Rangers.
And my Tigers (ummm...poutine...drool)! But I still think the Cremator at Rutt's Hutt in Clifton, NJ is the absolute BEST hotdog in the world. For the unitiated, they have 3 styles of "dogs" at Rutt's (all involving the deep fryer): 1. An In-and-Out (let the comments, begin AleeD) which is just deep-fried less than 10 seconds; 2. The Ripper; deep-fried until the natural casing rips open (less than 1 minute); and 3. The Cremator; deep-fried until DARK brown (almost black). Then you slather it in their homemade onion relish and hot mustard. I may have to leave early today to drive north 1.5 hours to get me one or two of them for supper!
Eat a couple for me Darlin'.
I've seen these on TV, would love love love the creamator please, mustard only. :)
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