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Jul 2, 2008 04:56 AM

"Bar S Beef Franks": has anyone tried them?

Rachel ray just gave them a top rating:

I've encountered Bar S as a "cheap hot dog maker", but never tried their "beef franks". Suggested retail of 2.99 for 16 ounce pack.

Any taste testers out there with comparisons and recs?

Comments based on RRRBS (Reflexive Rachel Ray Bashing Syndrome) are not preferred in replies.

Also, Bar S offers lots of varieties... (chicken pork beef blends)... but looking for feedback about "beef franks". Lots of labeling laws in play here: "beef franks".

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  1. Their price is the only reason I've purchased them (I think I paid 99 cents for the 16 oz. pack). It's been a while, but I remember them tasting of fat and lacking snap or heft. But if you slather on the onions and mustard, it's not too bad.

    1. I didn't like them at all. The Bar S dogs in general have been among the worst I've ever had.

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      1. re: jgg13

        "I didn't like them at all" +1

      2. I've never had them but I've had bacon from Bar S that was abolutely dreadful. Yes, BACON that didn't taste good, it had a distinct chemical flavor to it, just awful.
        I have sampled many varieties of hot dogs and prefer Nathan's Famous w. natural casings. I don't know where you are located but they can be hard to find in northern California. Nathan's has several varieties, skinless, kosher, bun size etc., but the natural casings are the best. If you are on the east coast you will have many options like Sabrett and others. I reccomend whatever you can find that has a natural casing it really makes all the difference in a hot dog for me.

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        1. re: virtualguthrie

          bacon that tasted bad?

          there is no God.

          last bought anything by them in college a zillion years ago. stoned and broke it made sense until I got home.

          1. re: virtualguthrie

            I've had BAR S bacon that was pretty decent, but Walmart just had a bunch of it at a really low price $2.98 so I bought a couple. BIG mistake. I swear it is wild boar, which have become a problem in Texas where I live. I had to spray the house for days and throw out the pan I cooked it in. Wouldn't even feed it to the dogs. I'm throwing the second package away as we speak. Don't feel like dealing with Walmart to return it. Having grown up on a farm I know when pork is boar, and that is what this was - disgusting.

          2. I'm far to scared to try them.
            I work in retail and see many of their products and each and everyone looks very low end, the price point seems to be the sole selling feature. I have cooked them for sale in a store and texturally they defy physics.........maybe if extremely drunk, with the addition of chili , mustard, chopped onions,cole slaw.......I might attempt one.

            1. Not worth the cheap price I paid ($.99)

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              1. I get them for 99 cents too, they are definitely all beef (you don't see pork hot dogs in the NY market much, and if you do they are LOTS more money).

                1. re: coll

                  Not sure how I wound up giving the reply a thumbs up (I had a clumsy thumb, I guess)...but just want to say that I'm certain that the Bar-S franks sold for 99 cents in many supermarkets (and as low as 50 cents sometimes at WalMart) are _not_ all beef. They would be more expensive if they were.
                  The all beef ones are definitely a few dollars more, and no better than their crappy poultry laden so called "classic" dogs.

                  1. re: The Professor

                    You know, I bought them only because they were 99 cents, not even sure why. In case someone came over that I didn't like? I have a steady supply of Sabrett skin on, Nathans, Boars Head, Thumanns, Karl Ehmer..heck even Ball Park Angus are pretty decent. No reason to buy something that seems more like dog food....not that I want to insult any dog food companies ;-)

                    1. re: coll

                      Just bought a 5 lb block of Sabretts from RD. You New Yorker's really know your hot dogs. My girls can't get enough of them. Neither can I. Boy do they go well with Kraut & a beer :-)

                      1. re: Tom34

                        Sabrett's are possibly my favorites, although Nathan's skin on are a close tie ;-) There is only a slight variation on the spices basically, I believe.

                        1. re: coll

                          Sabretts are about a $1 lb more than Nathans but I think they are worth it.

                          Diets & Watson and many others taste OK but the Sabrett spices just take it to another level.