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Best Hot Dogs Available By Mail Order

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debbieg2210 Mar 20, 2008 09:29 AM

Current favorites are from Nueske's. Prefer a coney style natural casing dog, but will go for anything thats quality....
In a pinch will buy Boars Head all beef coney's.....tried Dietz and Watson....never again (maybe a bad pack?).
Usually prefer a boiled dog, sometimes with kraut, always with diced onion and a good spicy brown mustard.....Boars Head or even Guildens will do.
Will defer to the rest of the clan and grill dogs upon occassion.
Like to start Nueskes in a small rondeau with some butter to get a little color/crisp....and finish by adding some water and covering to simmer....
Thanks for any recommendations

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    hotdoglover RE: debbieg2210 Mar 21, 2008 03:29 AM

    Usingers. http://www.usinger.com. Excellent natural casing angus franks. Very good pork and beef wieners as well. Thumanns makes the best German style pork and beef frank, but I'm not sure if they do mail order. Best Provisions out of Newark, N.J. makes my favorite all beef dog. Unfortunately they will not ship.

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      jd of de RE: hotdoglover Mar 21, 2008 06:14 AM

      The internet and mail order have made life easier, but for this Midwestern farm boy, one joy is the annual Dec 26th to Usingers for purchase of a year's supply of brat's and summer sausage for transport back east. But for hot dogs I'm still a bigger fan of http://www.viennabeef.com/ for my dogs. It's probably a "what you were raised on" thing, but I prefer their beef franks.

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      TheAceChase RE: debbieg2210 Mar 21, 2008 07:40 AM

      Zwiegles Pop-Open hots (red or white) from Rochester, New York are the best we've tasted. We order them on line and freeze them. Syracuse, New York also has good white hots, but not (in our opinion) as good as Zwiegles. We serve white hots at our annual fly-in in Bell, FL and have made many doubters into converts.

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        JungMann RE: TheAceChase Mar 27, 2008 12:27 PM

        Are white hots cased? I thought they had no casing. Either way, they're a great regional delicacy, though not something I'd recommend if you're looking for a regular, snappy hot dog. For that I would have to second the recommendation for Vienna Beef. IMO Sabrett's and Nathan's are overrated. There's a reason Shake Shack turns to Vienna Beef and not one of its hometown franks.

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          hotdoglover RE: JungMann Mar 27, 2008 05:04 PM

          White Hots can be either skinless or have a natural casing. Zweigle's from Rochester, N.Y. are very good. The reason that Shake Shack uses Vienna Beef rather than Sabrett (which originated in New Jersey, not New York) or Nathan's, is that they are trying to reproduce a Chicago style hot dog. Vienna is from Chicago and is used by over 80% of hot dog vendors there. The Shake Shack does not make a good Chicago style hot dog in my opinion. The dogs are not served hot enough, and lettuce and cucumbers are not typically found on an authentic Chicago dog. Byron's and a few others are exceptions.

          The best Chicago dog in the tri state area was J's Beef in Linden, N.J. They are closed temporarily and are looking for a new location.

          Vienna franks are ok, but much milder than a Sabrett or Nathan's. And in my opinion, not as good. Although a lot depends on what you grew up eating, The fact is that a Nathan's, Sabrett, Boars Head, or Best's from New Jersey (my favorite) is fine without the relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, sports peppers, and celery salt. It doesn't need all the extras, and would be all wrong for a Chicago dog. It would overpower all of the other ingredients. The blander flavor of a Vienna allows it to blend in better with everything else.

      2. applehome RE: debbieg2210 Mar 21, 2008 01:38 PM

        Nothing wrong with Nathan's natural casing - mild, but good with kraut & mustard:
        http://shop.nathansfamous.com/hotdogs

        Here's a source for Sabrett:
        http://www.foodsofnewyork.com/hotdogs...

        Schaller & Weber make great wursts and a wonderful frankfurter:
        http://www.schallerweber.com/sausages...

        Ditto Karl Ehmer:
        http://www.karlehmer.com/index.asp?Pa...

        Of course, you could get Katz's franks and get some pastrami and cheesecake at the same time:
        http://www.katzdeli.com/shopping/inde...

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          thecountryrose RE: applehome Mar 27, 2008 08:34 AM

          OMG, Love me some Nathan's. They are it! ! ! ! !

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            Catskillgirl RE: applehome Mar 27, 2008 01:01 PM

            Thank you so much for the Karl Ehmer link! I used to live literally down the street from one of their stores in Queens and really miss their wonderful meats. It never occured to me to look online for my "fix".

          2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: debbieg2210 Mar 27, 2008 11:27 AM

            New Braunfels Smokehouse for me. We usually start the summer with about half a dozen packages in the downstairs freezer.

            1. peetah68 RE: debbieg2210 Jul 2, 2011 01:12 PM

              Ok people. I was at Gay Pride last weekend at the corner of West Aldine and there was a hot dog vendor selling a jumbo all beef frank. Looked like a huge hot dog, 1/2 lb bun size or larger.

              Did anyone try one or does anyone know who the manufacturer of that brand of hot dogs is?

              Thanks

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                kpaumer RE: peetah68 Jul 7, 2011 12:20 PM

                Oscar Mayer makes a 1/4 lb all beef hotdog for the restaurant industry. My mother worked for a country club and these hotdogs were a BIG hit with the golfers. They are delicious! Meaty and Juicy. It is hard to find a bun big enough! If you know someone in the restaurant business, have them order you a box from Sysco's, 40 to a box! You cannot get them in supermarkets.

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                ladybugthepug RE: debbieg2210 Jul 2, 2011 01:42 PM

                Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats in San Francisco sells his uncured bacon studded hot dogs through his website. While not cheap, they're very unique and delicious. Unfortunately doesn't sell his chicharrones via internet - damn! Best I've ever had.

                http://www.4505meats.com/fmStore/list...

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                  don515 RE: ladybugthepug Jul 2, 2011 05:17 PM

                  Sounds Great!!

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                  Quimbombo RE: debbieg2210 Jul 7, 2011 12:39 PM

                  D'Artagnan: http://www.dartagnan.com

                  Choices of buffalo, duck, pork, wild boar, chicken and of course beef.

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                    mattrapp RE: debbieg2210 Jul 7, 2011 12:43 PM

                    Pearl Meats franks are fantastic and have a cult like following.
                    http://www.pearlmeat.com/products/6-t...

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