July is National Hot Dog Month, which makes sense considering hot dogs are such a staple at summer barbeques. Everyone has their preference for how they like their hot dogs – some go for the
basic ketchup or mustard, while others load them up with toppings such as chili, cheese, sauerkraut, beans, onions or bacon. If you're a fan of the frankfurter, grab your favorite toppings and get ready to celebrate National Hot Dog Month.
Attend the National Hot Dog Eating Contest
You've likely heard about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, which is a competition involving 20 people who stuff their faces with as many hot dogs as possible in a 12 minute period in an effort to come out as top dog. The contest starts at noon, so head over early to get a front row seat.
Hot Dog Recipes
What better time to try out a variety of hot dog recipes than National Hot Dog month? Foodnetwork.com has a variety of recipes to try including Hot Dog Noodle Casserole, Texas Dog and Nacho Dog. There's over 100 recipes – enough to try out one a day in July and just keep going for a couple more months. For even more types, check out Allrecipes.com, which has recipes for varieties including Chicago Style, Seattle Cream Cheese, and Crescent Dogs.
At Home Hot Dogs
Those who really love hot dogs may want a special way to make their new recipes at home. Whether you like the hot dogs grilled or steamed, an at home hot dog machine can be an excellent novelty item. Epopcorn.com currently offers three varieties ranging from a mini size to a table top steamer cart.
Hot Dog Costume
To go all out for National Hot Dog Month, consider dressing up as a giant wiener. PrankPlace.com and Buycostumes.com offer adult sized hot dog costumes that you can wear to honor your favorite food. The costume resembles a bun with a hot dog inside and a line of mustard going down the center of it. The outfit worn underneath must be purchased separately. Hot Dogs in NYC
If you'd rather go out for a hot dog rather than make them at home, there are plenty of places to get delicious hot dogs all across New York City. Some of the top places to go include Crif Dogs on St. Marks Place, Papaya King on 86th Street or in the LaGuardia Airport, and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in Coney Island. They carry enough varieties to perfectly satisfy your taste buds.
Between dressing up for the occasion or trying out a variety of recipes, you'll have more than enough ways to celebrate National Hot Dog month in July and take your knowledge to barbeques throughout the rest of the summer.
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