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Natural Casing Hot Dogs

Soup Dec 31, 2006 02:19 PM

Am looking for natural casing Sabrett or Nathan's Hot dogs n the DC area. Prefer bulk if possible.


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    MarietteB Dec 27, 2010 02:29 PM

    I get "uncured" hot dogs from South Mountain Creamery - a dairy in MD that delivers to MD, VA and DC. They have natural casings and are pretty darned good.


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      pgreen Dec 25, 2010 04:17 AM

      Yes, I know this thead has been dead for over two years, but, after reading the "half-smoke" thread, it got me wondering.

      Where can you get natural casing hot dogs (preferably Kosher-style) these days? I grew up eating Nathan's (obviously nothing like what you see in the stores and franchises), as well as European Kosher brand that they used to sell at Katz's, Posin's and (believe it or not) Giant (albeit not since the 1960s). Last time I was able to find a natural casing dog was a couple of years ago when I schlepped up to one of those Kosher butcher shops in Pikesville a couple of years ago.

      I know that European Kosher, Katz's and Posin's are all gone, and even Giant is really just Stop-and-Shop with a different name, but hope springs eternal.

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      1. re: pgreen
        reiflame Dec 25, 2010 11:20 AM

        Wegmans carries Sahlens which are by and far the best hot dogs ever made. They are a pork/beef blend.

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          pgreen Dec 27, 2010 02:29 AM

          Not exactly Kosher, and there is no Wegmans nearby. But that is quite a claim--I will take a look next time I'm in the vicinity of one.

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            reiflame Dec 27, 2010 04:08 AM

            Just FYI you must cook them (preferably over a charcoal grill) until the skin blackens and cracks.

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            hotdoglover Dec 27, 2010 04:16 AM

            Sahlen's are great; a unique peppery flavor. Hartmann's from Canandaigua, N.Y. are also very good and sold at many Wegmans. My favorite beef/pork German style frank is Thumann's from N.J.

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          treetop tom Oct 25, 2008 05:27 AM

          The SFW in Crofton, MD, has the Sabretts natural casing dogs in packs of 6 so I'm guessing some others would too. The Weis Supermarket here in Ellicott City has Pearl Kountry Klub Beef in natural casings from MA that are excellent. I am buying diffrerent varieties for a "Dog of the Week" (NYC, Cinci, Carolina, Chicago, Sonaro etc.) experience at work - anyone seen Vienna Beef in the Baltimore/Washington area for our Chicago dog week? As to the discussion of half-smokes, Manger's is the only brand to buy - you can get a 5 lb. package of them (20 pieces hot or mild w/ casings or skinless) at BK Millers in Clinton for $15.99.

          1. JNobi Oct 25, 2008 12:52 AM

            I am originally from Connecticut and believe me, we know natural casing hot dogs! We grow up on them. Oh how I miss the many brands in CT. However living in Frederick, MD now has it's challenges! I used to make trips up to Ct and visit family and stop at the grocery store on the way back and buy many pounds of the good stuff. I have discovered Hoffman's Natural Casing Weiners at Wegmans in VA...they are very, very good!!! It's alot easier driving the hour to Dulles VA then to drive the 6 hours to CT. So head to Wegmans ASAP (call ahead because sometimes they are sold out). These dogs are way better then Sabretts, Boars head, Nathans and Dietz and Watson. You can get a 5 pound bag for $19.99, sometimes they are on sale for even less. By the way, when you cook them....cook some regular bacon, set the bacon aside, cook the hot dogs in the bacon grease and then add the cooked bacon to the bun with your toppings and enjoy!! By the way, this picture is of a hot dog stand I grew up eating at in Bridgeport, CT...the best food ever!!

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            1. re: JNobi
              hill food Oct 25, 2008 02:10 AM

              that's so not Kosher (smirk)

              there's always the DIY route.

            2. monkeyrotica Jan 24, 2007 05:07 AM

              Wegmans carries 3- and 5-pound sacks of Zweigels and Hofman's natural casing hotdogs from upstate New York. Not as fatty as Nathans.

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              1. re: monkeyrotica
                tubman Jan 24, 2007 05:40 AM

                Note that Sabrett and Nathan's are all-beef. I don't think Zweigle or Hofmann have an all-beef dog, which my guess is what the OP is looking for.

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                  monkeyrotica Jan 24, 2007 08:39 AM

                  You're right. They're beef and pork, but the OP didn't state all-beef explicitly, and the Wegmans stuff is in bulk.

                  There's also the Gwaltney halfsmokes in the 3-lb packs at Shoppers. They're the kind they use at Ben's Chili Bowl. I'm pretty sure they're all beef and they have a casing.

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                    johnb Jan 24, 2007 03:12 PM

                    Which Shoppers are you referring to? I've looked for them at SFW and never found them. I also was not aware that Gwaltney's makes them---Briggs is the standard half smoke I know of. And IIRC they are a combo of pork and beef.

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                      monkeyrotica Jan 25, 2007 04:58 AM

                      I've seen them at all three SFWs on Route 1 South in Alexandria (Potomac Yards, the one at North Kings Highway, and 7660 Richmond Highway).

                      Gwaltney definitely makes them. There's a pic here:


                      It's at 6 oclock, between the smoked ham and the cured ham. They come in mild and spicy.

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                  reiflame Dec 25, 2010 11:19 AM

                  Both sold dogs but Wegmans also carry Sahlens, which are the best hot dogs ever. They are also a pork/beef blend.

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                  tubman Jan 20, 2007 02:32 AM

                  I saw Nathan's natural casing tonight at BJ's in Columbia--3 lb. package (~24 count), $9.99...right alongside the skinless ones.

                  1. The Chowhound Team Jan 4, 2007 07:43 PM

                    In order to keep this board focused on where to find natural casing hot dogs locally, we've moved a few off topic posts to the General Topics board.

                    1. monkeyrotica Jan 4, 2007 02:58 PM

                      Harris Teeter in Pentagon Row has Sabrett's and Nathans, but neither with natural casings. They do have Dietz and Watsons in natural casings, though. In the deli section.

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                      1. re: monkeyrotica
                        weezycom Jan 4, 2007 05:26 PM

                        Speak to the managers there and they will probably be willing to special order a case of either the Sabrett's or Nathans for you.

                      2. biscuit Jan 3, 2007 03:38 AM

                        You could always shoot an email to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council and see if they know. Yes, it's a real organization.


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                          Pappy Jan 2, 2007 02:13 PM

                          I thought Wegmans carried the best selection of dogs in the city/area.

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                          1. re: Pappy
                            Soup Jan 2, 2007 10:32 PM

                            They do have a good selection but no nathan's or sabrett's natural casing dogs. I think there is a huge difference between natural casing and skinless. Love the snap.

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                            rpg55 Jan 2, 2007 01:28 AM

                            Magruder's carries Nathan's natural casing franks from time to time. I was in the store yesterday, looking for them and they didnt have any. It's hit or miss at that store for this item

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                              Soup Jan 2, 2007 10:31 PM

                              I check them for the next month or so. Thanks.

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                              pgreen Jan 1, 2007 04:55 PM

                              I do not know of anyone who carries either Sabrett's or Nathan's natural casings hot dogs. (If you find them, let me know.) However, on a good day, Shalom in Wheaton, Snyders in Silver Spring, and Koshermart in Rockville will have other brands in their deli cases. Plus, if you don't mind a drive, there are a number of Pikesville delis that carry hot dogs in natural casings, including their own home brands.

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                              1. re: pgreen
                                Hue Jan 1, 2007 05:51 PM

                                If in B'more there is always Binkerts on Philadelphia Road

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                                Chownut Jan 1, 2007 12:31 AM

                                The only place I've seen Sabrett's in this area is at Safeway. Not sure if they have natural casings though. BJ's carries Nathan's dogs in bulk, but once again, not sure if they have natural casings. On a side note, Super Fresh carries Boar's head natural casing dogs.

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                                1. re: Chownut
                                  Soup Jan 1, 2007 01:04 AM

                                  I've checked the safeway, giant, BJs and Costco in my area. Unfortunately they stock the skinless version of sabrett's and Nathan's.

                                  How are the Boar's head dogs?

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                                    Chownut Jan 1, 2007 02:58 AM

                                    I like the flavor of the Sabrett's dogs even though they were skinless. The Boar's head dogs, many people like, and give a little snap when you bite into them. I find the Boar's head dogs to be pretty good, but not as good in flavor as the Sabrett's. They're also a bit chewy. They run about $6/lb.

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                                      johnb Jan 1, 2007 05:02 AM

                                      SFW also carries Dietz and Watson dogs, and they are pretty good dogs. I believe they are with skin, but am not sure. Worth a shot.

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