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Pearl hot dogs wtf!?

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I bought some Pearl "Kountry Klub" all-beef natural casing hot dogs for my BBQ today. The last time I had them was like 8 months ago. Both times, I bought them from Market Basket.

Whenever I've had them in the past, they had a nice snap to them, since they've got a nice intestinal natural casing.

Tonight, I grill up a bunch, and we can't even bite our way through the casing! We can chew through the insides but the casing stays in the mouth like a wad of balloon scraps. Is this some kind of extra-thick collagen casing or what? What is going on?

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  1. Cooked up a few myself yesterday as I have on many an occasion and have never experienced anything like that. Weird.

    BK

    1. I think they suck in general. Wierd flavor. You're better off with a package of fenway franks.

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      1. re: Luther

        To each his own.

        1. re: Luther

          Me neither. My husband loves them so much and doesn't want any other brands after he had Pearl. Whenever we brought the 3lb package in BJ's we always worried that it would take very long time to finish them provided that we didn't have a BBQ. But one month later, we would get another pack.

          1. re: tamerlanenj

            You're comparing apples and oranges here.

            The kosher (or kosher-style) all-beef, natural casing dog (e.g. Pearl, Sabrett, Nathan's) is an entirely different animal (pun intended) than the mixed-meat, skinless dogs one finds at Fenway (or in Ballpark Franks, Oscar Mayer wieners, or on countless backyard grills).

            Each has its merit, IMHO, but to me, the latter is to hot dogs what a McDonalds hamburger is to burgers. I like McDonalds just fine for what it is, but I wouldn't recommend it for a burger, or Fenway for a hot dog.

            BK

            1. re: BJK

              I think a pork/beef mixture is ideal for a hot dog. And Sabrett's might be the worst hot dogs in the entire world. Either Sabrett or Hebrew National.

              Nathan's are unbelievable at the original coney location, but I've found the supermarket variety and food court varieties lacking somewhat. Sort of like Pizzeria Regina.

          2. Must have been a bad batch? We cooked up some Pearl dogs (also from Market Basket) yesterday, and the casings had that perferct snap.

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            1. re: Hungry GR

              Dang, maybe I should complain.

              1. re: Luther

                That was my knee jerk reaction. Sounds like something wrong with that batch.

                BK