You know what I’m thinking about doing this weekend? That’s right, setting up a goddamn hot dog bar in the dining room. Yes, I’m a very ambitious man. But I have visions of having ALL the toppings available. That includes melted-down cheese “food,” sauerkraut, cole slaw (to satisfy the WV in me), chili, all the normal shit, and maybe even some crumbled bacon. Hell yeah.
However, I don’t want to grill the dogs. I want to attempt to recreate the fantastic hot dogs o’ my youth. I’m talking about the Dunbar Dairy Queen and bowling alley dogs that were (in my mind) the best ever. I assume they were boiled? I don’t know for sure. But they also did something to the buns. Steamed ’em? This could require some experimentation. It would be a whole lot easier if I had more knowledge and wasn’t so stupid on the subject. And many, many other subjects.
But that’s my weekend project, boys and girls. I’ll report back on Monday and let you know how it went. Again: I’m not looking to create some kind of fancy gourmet hot dog. I’m attempting to recreate something from my kidhood. PLUS, have a shitload of crazy toppin’s just for fun. If you can provide some tips or hints on how to create a perfect hot dog stand-style dog, please let me know. I know nothing.
And by the way, in my hometown, back in the day, there was an ongoing debate about which was better: Dairy Queen or bowling alley. It was almost like a Beatles/Stones thing. Most people took a side and were passionate about it. I never took a side, ’cause both were great! Just like the Beatles and Stones. Why limit yourself to just one or the other? It made and makes no sense to me.
What do you like on your hot dog? I’m not stuck on any one combination. I like many combos. And that’s where the big spread of topping will come in. I’ll mix it up and just roll with it. But here are a few of my standard go-to’s:
sauerkraut and mustard
mustard and onion
chili and cheese
chili and slaw (when in the motherland)
Help me out, won’t you? Any tips on the kind of normal everyday hotdog to buy… and what to do with the buns… I need lots of assistance.
And you know what’s the most bullshit of all hot dogs? That’s right, the Chicago style. What the hell is that? Are they just screwing with us out of towners? People who live in Chicago don’t eat those, do they? I think they’re having a laugh at our expense. Right? It’s the only explanation I can come up with.
Please let me know your thoughts on the whole… hot dog thing. Use the comments section.
And I released a new episode of the world-famous Jeff Kay Show podcast today. Right here. It turned out pretty well, I think. Here’s your summary:
In this one, I celebrate the arrival of fall and talk about my need for all four seasons. And I tell you about a book I’m re-reading ’cause I love it so much, and how my snobbery nearly caused me to miss it. And I have a couple of questionable stories to share from my ridiculous past, inspired by a man I spoke with recently who’s having trouble with his “ass.” Thank you guys for the support! I hope you enjoy this one.
I hope you guys have a great weekend!
I’ll be back on Monday.