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grilling today- any hot dog recs?

Anyone care to share their favorite grocery store hot dog? I'll be grilling today and I haven't had a hot dog in 3 years! Will be near Wegmans, Whole Foods. If there were a butcher near who makes homemade hot dogs I would go for it, but unlikely to find one. Anyone try the Wegmans Applegate Farms organic, uncured dog? Pricey but risky since sometimes that "organic" meat takes some getting used to. Like those "vegan" pastries and cakes- those are some of the few things that actually make me barf. thanks!

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Applegate Farm
356 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

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  1. i think whole foods sells Nature's Rancher uncured dogs... pretty good... I prefer Hebrew Nationals for the cured variety

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    1. re: aklein

      I concur...Hebrew Nationals are the best dawgs around!!

      1. re: sockster

        yep, they are the best!

        (must be that "higher standard" they have to follow! :) )

        1. re: sockster

          Totally Non-Kosher as they are Pork, I love the natural casing blue label Thumman's.

      2. imo, a Best's off the grill is a beyoootiful thing. :-)

        For something a little healthier, I'm also a fan of Aidell's chicken-apple sausages. Other flavors are good too, but I love the chick-apple, esp on the grill!

        1. Where are you in NJ? European Provisions on Old Bridge Turnpike in South River has the best hotdogs, hand's down.

          for Packaged...I like BEST.

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          1. re: RPMcMurphy

            You beat me to European Provisions, the also the shop down in Spotswood. My mom used to get sirloin hot dogs for our kids at Delicious Orchards. I always ate the kolbasi, but sirloin dogs looked wicked good.

            1. re: RPMcMurphy

              Would have to agree with you - European makes their tasty dogs right on site. I use to live in E. Brunswick and first went there probably 25 years ago. Amazing but the quality of all their stuff has remained unchanged and simply delicious ...

              1. re: JerzeyShore

                Oneupmanship. I went there first 50+ years ago. European Provisions ought to be on the National Register of Historic Places. I have their sausage casings in my freezer for when I can't make the drive to NJ to stock up. I just wish Seitze's Bakery was still on Whitehead Ave. in SR.

            2. chettad,

              You don't say where you are, but I could probably direct you to a butcher shop. The Kielbasy Store (formerly Continental Provisions) is located at 190 Main Street in East Brunswick, fairly close to European Provisions. An old style German/Polish butcher making great hot dogs. The Union Pork Store and Lutz's in Union are 2 other butcher shops making excellent franks. Two other favorites are Kocher's in Ridgefield Park (their dogs are sold at 50+ retail outlets) and D.A. Barsch in Toms River. At Wegmans, I recommend Hartmann's German wieners if they carry them. Also try Sahlen's from Buffalo. All these mentioned are in the German beef/pork style. My favorite is Thumann's.

              For an all beef dog I like Best's, but the supermarket only sells the skinless version. You can get the natural casing at the factory on Avon Ave. in Newark. Some supermarkets carry Boars Head natural casing beef dogs, an excellent choice for a beef dog. You can get Hebrew National with casings at Wegmans.

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              Kocher's
              634 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

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              1. re: hotdoglover

                One can say no more. Well done, as usual.

              2. I think Thumanns natural casing are the best. Nathans dogs are a distant second, Hoffman's Red Hots are also very good if you can find them. Wegmans may sell them.

                1. I enjoy a lot of these dogs, but when it comes to the best supermarket brand there is one that is head and shoulders above the rest and that is Black Bear natural casing dogs, available at Shop Rite. Very flavorful and smoky as hell, with a great snap and just the right texture. These are perfect with mustard only (Bauers with horseradish preferable), washed down with anything brewed by Augustiner or Hoffbrau, and a side of red cabbage.