So Here's How to Make the Best Hot Dog Experience
By Sam Ferreri What could be more "American" than Hot Dogs? Well, a lot of things, actually, because hot dogs were created in Frankfurt, Germany around the 13th century, and the terms "wiener" comes from Vienna, Austria . . . but who cares? They're now as American as Apple Pie!
|The Traeger Smoker|
Of course, there are many options in hot dogs . . . fat dogs, skinny dogs, bun-length dogs, all-beef dogs, turkey dogs, chicken dogs . . . I really don't want to know what goes into any of them! But they come out soooooo tasty! I've recently had Lucky Dogs on Bourbon Street in N'awlins and Middle-Eastern Dogs? . . . on the streets of New York City. (I call them Middle-Eastern Dogs because it seems that these hot dogs stands are run mostly by middle eastern guys who also offer shish-kabobs and a variety of other ethnic treats.)
But NONE are better than my smoked dogs at home! And now, a new discovery, thanks to Jose's Mom and Michelle: Smoked Hot Dogs with Honduran Curtido. OMGosh! This is a little treat from heaven.
|Empty jar + Full Jar of Jose's Mom's Delicious Honduran Curtido|
One day, I had been invited to Jose's mom's house for a Honduran dinner where I noticed this huge jar of "stuff" in purple juice. I asked Jose what it was, and he turned up his nose and said, "oh that's my mom's curtido." To which I asked, "what is it? Can I try some?" "Sure, he said, have at it."
Jose and his sister clearly do not like it, but it was very intriguing to me. So . . . one bite, and I was HOOKED! This "stuff" is delicious! From what I can discern, it consists of red cabbage, red onions, jalapeños, vinegar, and south-of-the-border spices. And it goes on EVERYTHING!
Michelle came over, tasted it, and remarked how good it would be on hot dogs . . . so we smoked some . . . and she was right! There's no better hot dog combination that we've found yet! So . . . 4th of July . . . . . we've got fireworks ready! Dogs and curtido ready! Let Freedom Ring!
Hot dog and wine party anyone??? How do you like YOUR dogs?