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Hot Dogs Are Frankly A Home Run Hit With Baseball Fans

Unique Hot Dog & Sausage Creations Continue to Draw Fans

While baseball fans love classic favorites, such as the Chicago or New York style hot dog, other stadiums are continuing to add their own varieties that feature local flavor favorites. According to Wrigley Field Executive Chef David Burns it's these hometown varieties that add to the value of hot dogs.

"The perfect hot dog is a classic baseball tradition," says Burns. "From a simple squirt of mustard, to chili, cheeses, salsa, and so much more, the hot dog is ultimately customizable, which is why it appeals to a wide range of fans."

Vendors are taking note and beginning to offer distinct varieties that reflect the local market and flavors. This year's regional highlights include:

  • Crab Mac N Cheese Dog: Maryland's known for its crabs, so it's no surprise the Baltimore Orioles combine comfort food with a little Chesapeake flair to represent the Baltimore/Maryland Region. The O's top the hot dog with mac and cheese and a generous lump of crab meat. For true Chesapeake authenticity, the crab meat is seasoned with Old Bay.
  • Great Canadian Dog: The Toronto Blue Jays' foot long hot dog is fit for a lumberjack and topped with maple baked beans, crumbled Canadian back bacon, and Canadian cheddar will have patrons saying "Oh Canada!"
  • Dixie Dog: The Atlanta Braves' half pound, foot-long, all beef, national deli hot dog features flash-fried, pulled barbeque pork, low-country mustard barbeque sauce, creamy southern slaw offering fans a taste of southern charm.
  • Totally Rossome Dog: After the rousing success of the Boomstick, a 2 pound monster dog topped with cheese, chili and onions, the Rangers have taken it up a notch with the Totally Rossome dog. Named after Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross, this hot dog is topped with chili, cheese, jalapeno peppers, brisket, and Doritos. The Rangers are also offering the Sausage Slugger, a 2 pound Italian Sausage.

Not only does enjoying one of the many variety hot dogs at the game allow fans to be a kid again, it also gives parents the opportunity to share the tradition with their own kids. In order to make the trip to the ballpark more affordable for families, many stadiums are offering deals and discounting prices. The Red Sox are offering free kid's meals and buy one, get one free Fenway Franks for the entire month of April. Additionally, the Twins, Pirates, Nationals, Rangers, and Indians all offer Dollar Dog Days at select games throughout the season.

To get in the spirit for July's National Hot Dog Month, many stadiums feature special events centered on hot dogs. The Marlins host their annual hot dog eating contest around the fourth of July, and last year, the Cubs even hosted a "Social Media Night" allowing patrons to cast their vote for their favorite dog.

More on the annual baseball survey and other Hot Dog & Sausage facts, recipes history and fun, can be found online at  http://www.hot-dog.org/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NHDSC.

Established in 1994, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council conducts scientific research to benefit hot dog and sausage manufacturers. The Council also serves as an information resource to consumers and media on issues related to quality, safety, nutrition and preparation of hot dogs.

SOURCE National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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