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Hot Dog Bun ??

cookkevin Jul 20, 2012 07:32 AM

Looking for a great bun for my grilled Osseo Meats wiener, now where to go for the perfect bun ?

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  1. mitch cumstein RE: cookkevin Jul 20, 2012 07:36 AM

    how big is the dog? I will echo my slider rec by saying go to salty tart in midtown global market. she makes the buns for butcher and the boar and sonora grill. Its a big bun, so if its a small dog, the ratio might be off...
    2nd rec would be the bakers wife on 42nd st and 28th ave in minneapolis. More of a traditional eggy bun IIRC....

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      steve_in_stpaul RE: cookkevin Jul 20, 2012 08:18 AM

      I would think Saint Agnes Baking would have an appropriate bun. I know some of their products are available at Mississippi Market Co-op and at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market.

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        Timbo2 RE: cookkevin Jul 21, 2012 08:30 AM

        Von Hanson's Meats has great hot dog and hamburger buns. A little large but really tasty!

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          BigE RE: Timbo2 Jul 23, 2012 06:40 AM

          Von Hanson's buns are good, but I wouldn't recommend them for anything smaller than a brat/polish, or you'll have a lot more bread than you want.

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            shadowfax RE: BigE Jul 24, 2012 01:40 PM

            If you have a bun that is awesome in every way except that it's too long for your hot dog, spiral cut the dog. You get more carmelization that way (especially if you brush it with a little good BBQ sauce), and you can stretch it to fit any bun. Just stick a wooden skewer through the hot dog and use it as a blade stop as you spiral cut. Ideally each spiral section will be about the width of your little finger.

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              ChillyDog RE: shadowfax Jul 24, 2012 03:59 PM

              Stating the obvious here-

              That doesn't change the bun to dog ratio.

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                getgot211 RE: ChillyDog Jul 24, 2012 07:15 PM

                It actually makes the per bite ratio worse, rather than just ripping a bit of the bun off.

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                  cookkevin RE: getgot211 Jul 25, 2012 05:47 AM

                  Spiral cut, great idea I like it, and thanks for the bun recs, please keep them comming

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                  shadowfax RE: ChillyDog Jul 25, 2012 10:49 AM

                  Correcting the obvious: ;)

                  Spiral cutting the dog turns it into a spring, which can be stretched. and since the meat puffs up when grilled, you get plenty in every bite:


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                  BigE RE: shadowfax Jul 25, 2012 06:14 AM

                  The bun isn't necessarily too long...just WAY too much bread. I see them more as brat buns in every sense.

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                    CanadaGirl RE: shadowfax Jul 27, 2012 06:59 AM

                    Makes for a much yummier hotdog, IMO. Much more flavour and a great technique.

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                chazmo RE: cookkevin Jul 25, 2012 08:18 AM

                We have been getting the bread sticks from Breadsmith for a while now. Big enough for brats and sandwiches. Cut em in half for hot dogs. They are really good.

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                  tyrus RE: cookkevin Jul 26, 2012 07:40 AM

                  You may think I'm crazy but I prefer a store bought cheap hot dog bun. The ones i like are called Village Hearth and they come uncut "for freshness." They are squishy white bread buns, which is perfect for hotdogs IMO.

                  I don't like to detract from the actual hot dog or sausage so I like a non-descript bun. I'm also from Chicago and like a steamed bun, which is typically soft and squishy. These buns are the best I've found here but may be a little small for thicker dogs or sausages. I use Hebrew Nats and I find them pretty damn perfect.

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                    Jordan RE: tyrus Jul 26, 2012 12:23 PM

                    If you want the Chicago experience, Kowalski's and Lund's are both carrying Vienna Beef dogs and buns.

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                      tyrus RE: Jordan Jul 26, 2012 01:01 PM

                      Thanks for the tip but I hope I didn't come across as wanting a "Chicago" experience. I can get that pretty easily while visiting there or here at my house. While Vienna Beef has the trademark on the "Chicago style hot dog," so to speak, our household prefers Hebrew Nationals, grilled with grilled onions, ala the Wrigley Field kosher dog experience. I've noticed that Costco carries Rosen's buns (especially their poppyseed) which is also very popular in Chicago.

                      I guess what I'm saying more is that I don't like the bun jumping out to me when eating a hotdog / sausage. I like to think of it as a vehicle to enjoy the actual encased meat product. After the thousands of hot dogs I've probably eaten from fast food places, carts and ball games the squishy bun is what I prefer - not sweet, just plain, fresh, squishy white bread. When it's slightly stale, too big, too bready, or too crusty, I think it throws the whole sandwich off. Plus, when it's too much of those things it's also hard to enjoy a couple of dogs/sausages in one sitting because the bun fills you up more than you would like (not that I spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff - ha!). I'm glad to find the Village Hearth buns, which I believe are local to MN. This is the bun I prefer over any commercial product I've had anywhere.

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                        BigE RE: tyrus Jul 27, 2012 06:50 AM

                        I'm agree 100% that store bought buns (non-bakery) have always been great for me. In fact, I use the exact Village Hearth ones you referenced.

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                          soccermom13 RE: tyrus Aug 11, 2012 11:13 AM

                          Where can I find Village Hearth buns? Rainbow? Cub? Other?

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                            BigE RE: soccermom13 Aug 13, 2012 07:16 AM

                            Should be able to find them at any grocery store. I get mine at Cub.

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                              soccermom13 RE: BigE Aug 14, 2012 02:15 AM

                              Thanks, BigE.

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                      shanemio RE: cookkevin Jul 30, 2012 03:52 PM

                      Kamarcheks excuse the spellling.

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                        ChillyDog RE: shanemio Aug 1, 2012 08:48 AM

                        In case anyone wants to google it, Kramarczuk.

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                          shanemio RE: ChillyDog Aug 14, 2012 06:02 AM


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                        s4zando RE: cookkevin Aug 11, 2012 11:28 AM

                        Good question for which I do not have an answer... WHAT I really want is a GOOD east coast style split top hot dog bun... *swoon*.

                        What the hell is wrong with bakeries in the midwest? Our hot dog buns are all wrong... They suck for toasting; Your condiments fall out; and they are just stupid.

                        Seriously, this invention has been perfected - We don't have to stand for mediocre hot dog buns any more...

                        BAKERS: Win my heart with a real hot dog bun. Please reply here and make me cry tears of joy.

                        This thread leads me to another thought - God I want an east coast style flat-top grilled hot dog for lunch today.

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                          shanemio RE: s4zando Aug 14, 2012 06:04 AM

                          Again, it isn't split top but it is perfectly sized and tasty, as well it goes with the fabu selection at Kramarczuk., Thanks to Chilly Dog!

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                          ChancesR RE: cookkevin Aug 11, 2012 02:52 PM

                          My friend from Sheboygan says the correct bun for a dog is a Semmel Roll.

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