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May 4, 2011 08:03 PM

What hot dog brand is best?

my personal favorite is farmer john's natural casing dogs and also their polish and red hots...what about you guys?

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  1. Farmer Johns makes the best Polish and Hot Links hands down. They don't add any fillers like most other hot link brands do. Hebrew National makes tasty hot dogs but I wish they would have some with natural casings instead of just plain skinless ones. Sabrett has natural casing dogs which are excellent but they're hard to find.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Clinton

      Is Farmer John's strictly a california brand? it seems no one else even recognizes them

      1. re: potbeagle

        No one who? It is also a popular brand in Hawaii. But it is a Los Angeles based company, don't really know what the rest of their geographic region is.

        Imagine the confusion if i were to nominate Redondo's.

      2. re: Clinton

        they have some with natural sheep casing

        1. re: fara

          Since when are intestinal casings kosher? They come from the hind part of the animal...which isn't kosher without an elaborate process. I thought the Hebrew National dogs that used to be made with casings were made with collagen.

          1. re: Karl S

            All Hebrew National franks with casing are collagen casing. You can find them at some Jewish delis as well as Wegmans supermarkets.

            1. re: Karl S

              Ever heard of kishka? It's a traditional Ashkenazi food.

              Mr Taster

          1. re: melly

            Nathan's. Just try it. You'll freak out.

          2. in the northeast? pearl.

              1. re: David11238

                To be more specific: Pearl "Kountry Klub" brand. About 1/4 lb each, natural casing, strung together like old-time sausages. I don't know if they're sold outside the Northeast, and even here you have to go to the deli counter to get them, they're never (to my knowledge) sold pre-packaged.

                1. re: BobB

                  I had the pleasure of scarfing some Pearl's, small and 1/4 LBs in Durham, NC. Joe's Diner to be specific. I believe I see other Pearl's in NYC such as smoked sausages. Unfortunately, it seems I either have to online order the hot dogs, or smuggle some packs inside my cooler via the I-95N.

              2. Hebrew National and Costco's.