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May 27, 2009 08:27 PM

When Did It Become So Difficult To Find Hot Dogs Not Made With Chicken?

So, I picked up some "Bar S" Jumbo Franks last week and was very disappointed after eating one discovering that they were made from chicken, and pork and beef. I can't stand that chicken taste in a hot dog. I want a "real" hot dog ya' know? So I go back to the supermarket today to pickup some proper franks and was shocked to have to search for franks that didn't include chicken. When did the default hot dog in America include chicken?


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  1. That's one of the reasons I only buy kosher beef hotdogs. One of my favorites is Hebrew National.

    1. I'll have to check the labels. I didn't realize this had happened. Maybe that's why hot dogs seem so much blander now.


      1. Yeah, I only buy all beef kosher Hebrew National, too.

        1. The Coleman natural beef dogs at Costco are incredibly good. No nitrates.

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          1. re: Fritter

            Trader Joe's also sells ones that are nitrate free.

            Personally, I always buy Hebrew National.

          2. I'm not sure they are really difficult to find. The hot dogs not specifically labeled "beef", "chicken" or "turkey" are where you get the chicken/pork/beef combo. Had you bought Bar S BEEF Jumbo Franks, you would have had exactly what you wanted :-).

            Now, if your store doesn't carry them, that's something else.

            We usually stick to Hebrew National.

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            1. re: thirtysomething

              I was at my local Pathmark in Philly and virtually all the prominently displayed hotdogs included chicken. It took me about a minute to locate a pack that didn't include chicken. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

              1. re: Chinon00

                I suspect they feature hot dogs with chicken because most people prefer them as being cheaper and slightly lower in calories. Personally, I find the phrase "mechanically separated chicken" on the ingredient list is an appetite killer!

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Cheaper and slightly lower in calories - as well as blander.

                  But yes - anything that says "all beef" is the way to go.