I'll admit it...I love Chicago style hot dogs.
But burgers rule.
"What exactly is in a hot dog?
The ingredients in hot dogs have been the subject of much humor, rumor and speculation. But the answer is less exciting than the question.
All hot dogs are cured and cooked sausages that consist of mainly pork, beef, chicken and turkey or a combination of meat and poultry. Meats used in hot dogs come from the muscle of the animal and looks much like what you buy in the grocer's case. Other ingredients include water, curing agents and spices, such as garlic, salt, sugar, ground mustard, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper.
If variety meats such as liver and hearts are used in processed meats, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires the manufacturer to declare those ingredients on the package with the statement "with variety meats" or "with meat by-products." The manufacturer must then specify which variety meat is included. In the U.S., companies are required to list ingredients in order, from the main ingredient, to the least ingredient."
"A hot dog is typically distinguishable from bratwurst, kielbasa and other sausages by its smaller size and relative lack of spicing. A regular hot dog is roughly 6 inches in length (15 cm), and thickness and length can vary. Twelve inch (30 cm) or "footlong" hot dogs are popular in some regions. The absence of spices and its smaller size translates into the product being more commonly eaten by children than other sausages.
There is no fixed specification for hot dog meat, with pork and beef being the most popular. Less expensive hot dogs typically contain chicken, due to the low cost and availability of mechanically separated chicken, and some pork. Hot dogs are generally regarded as unhealthy insofar as most have high sodium and fat content. Contents can also be questionable, with cheaper types of hot dogs having been known to contain snouts, ears and organ meat blended. In recent years, manufacturers have turned to turkey and even vegetarian ingredients as well as lowering the salt content
A kosher hot dog is one made in accordance with Jewish dietary laws, which include a ban on pork. Kosher hot dogs are popular at some American baseball stadiums. Kosher hot dogs are similar to the kinds, kosher and non-kosher, popular in New York City, and are preferred by some consumers for their distinctive taste, texture and spicing. These premium brands are often all-beef."
I enjoy hot dogs.
Are you a veghead too?
Animals are tasty.....yummmy animals.