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Old 04-07-2008, 08:06 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by jpmcgrew View Post
Anyway doe's broiling make it better? I'm curious.
Much better. That or grilling them is the way to go IMO.

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Old 04-07-2008, 08:11 PM   #22
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Well I guess I better try that method I just remember that at events like a horse race etc they always tasted really great and I know they were not boiled but that's how I got them as a kid

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Old 04-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #23
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:26 PM   #24
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Nothing comes close to Smiths with skins, so I second one of those first responses
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:29 PM   #25
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When I was a kid.. 100 years or so ago..I use to go to the store for Mom and keep looking at the ground for change or go the back way down the alley and look for soda bottles to turn in for change. I only needed a dime. I would then go to the butcher and buy a short fat hot dog. they came linked together so he would cut one off for me. I would eat it on the way home. I haven't found any that even come close to those.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:30 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by jpmcgrew View Post
I've never seen a hot dog on fire. Anyway doe's broiling make it better? I'm curious.
You'll see a big difference in taste if you broil them vs boiling. I always boiled mine too because my mom did but someone suggested broiling and I've never boiled again. Try it next time. It only takes a couple of minutes and no pot to clean.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:49 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Smith's skinned. I don't know how widesppread they are because they are made in Erie..... Smith's Provisions makes a great ham, too. They are the dog of choice up around here. I buy them still connected in links.
I had some hot dogs in an Omaha Steak order that were quite tasty.....
I hear the place where I got my chuck from makes great hot dogs. They are on my short list of places to get out to and "browse". Gotta try and support a small town butcher that grows his own, especially when they are located that far out of town
Our next door neighbors are from Edinborough, PA, and they introduced us to Smiths 15 years ago.We affectionately call them "Erie Dogs," and have had them 'imported' from Erie on a regular schedule (Jim works for Erie Sports Store) until recently when they started offering them in our stores in the Cleveland area. We LOVE them!

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:05 PM   #28
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Ewww, no, don't boil them. They need some caramelization to be good. I cook them either in the grill pan, the toaster oven, or on the grill. Can't stand boiled hot dogs.
+1 on that!

.....unless I'm chopping them up to mix in with my mac and cheese. LOL
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:55 PM   #29
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Basically Sabrett, Nathan's, Hebrew National and OM. OM in our chili dog casserole. Have used others for that but they just don't seem to work as well. OM also has a taste I just enjoy once in a while.

And yes, many of the brands mentioned have never heard of, let alone seen.
For the poster who has never seen Nathan's, they are, I believe, all over the US, maybe not just available in some localities.

As far as cooking, grilling or broiliing works well. Can saute them to good effect. In a hurry will nuke, sorry, sorry, I will atone, I promise. Nah.

And yes, have boiled them and do not find them all that bad. Kinda lets one enjoy the flavor of the dog without the grilling flavors. Only do that with dogs I like the inherent flavor of.

Remember as a kid they used to have these roller cookers in stores and such. They were like the cookers one finds in 7-11 for their sausages - those sausages always look so pitiful. The dogs cooked on those rollers always tasted so good to me. Haven't had one of those in, oh, forty years or so. But I remember I used to love them.

We here at DC can talk about all kind of foods, but bring up the dog and everyone has an opinion.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:17 PM   #30
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OMG! That is so weird! It's like....like....you haven't heard of McDonalds or something!

My supermarket sells packages of Nathan's.

The first time we went to Aruba for vacation, we stumbled across a Nathan's hot dog stand! We went there more than once. The next year when we went back, it was gone. I was quite disappointed.

I keep hot dogs and buns in the freezer and sauerkraut all the time. I love a quick meal of bun and hot dog steamed in the microwave and topped with mustard and 'kraut. They are even better on the grill.

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