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National Hot Dog Month


When is National Hot Dog Month?

National Hot Dog Month happens on Monday July 1, 2024.

Relish the Moment: Celebrating National Hot Dog Month!

As the grill marks of July sear themselves into our summer memories, there’s one culinary hero that stands out in the smoky haze of backyard barbecues and beachside bonfires: the hot dog. Yes, folks, it’s National Hot Dog Month, a time to honor the humble yet iconic frankfurter that has become a staple of American summer cuisine. From ballparks to boardwalks, the hot dog reigns supreme. So, let’s bun-dle up our excitement and dive into the delicious world of hot dogs!

The Many Faces of the Hot Dog:

Think you know hot dogs? Think again! This versatile snack wears many hats across the globe:

  • Classic American: Beef or pork, ketchup, mustard, relish, and maybe some onions. Simple, classic, perfect.
  • Chicago Style: A poppy seed bun, all-beef dog, mustard, neon green relish, onions, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt. No ketchup in sight!
  • Coney Island: Originally from Michigan (confusing, right?), this dog comes smothered in a savory meat sauce, diced onions, and a squiggle of mustard.
  • New York Street Cart: Steamed hot dog, steamed bun, and an option of sauerkraut and/or onion sauce. A bite of the Big Apple in every bite.
  • Sonoran (Southwest U.S. and Mexico): Wrapped in bacon, cooked on a griddle, then piled high with beans, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of sauces.

Top Toppings to Try:

Why settle for the ordinary when you can make your hot dog extraordinary? Here are some topping ideas to get your taste buds barking:

  1. Avocado & Bacon: Creamy avocado slices and crispy bacon bits for a rich, decadent treat.
  2. Pineapple & Teriyaki Sauce: For a sweet and savory Hawaiian twist.
  3. Mac ‘n’ Cheese: A scoop of creamy mac atop your hot dog makes for a comforting, cheesy delight.
  4. Chili & Cheese: A classic combo that transforms your hot dog into a hearty meal.
  5. Sauerkraut & Spicy Mustard: For a tangy and sharp bite that packs a punch.

Creative Ways to Add More Hot Dogs into Your Life:

  • Hot Dog Breakfast Burrito: Chop up those dogs and add them to your morning scramble. Wrap it all up in a tortilla for a breakfast of champions.
  • Hot Dog Pizza: Slice ’em and top your pizza for a meaty addition that’s sure to please.
  • Hot Dog Stir-fry: Slice hot dogs and toss them in a pan with veggies and your favorite sauce for a quick and quirky stir-fry.

How to Celebrate National Hot Dog Month:

  • Host a Hot Dog Tasting Party: Invite friends over for a DIY hot dog bar. Lay out a variety of dogs, buns, and toppings, and let guests create their masterpieces.
  • Hot Dog Cook-off: Challenge your family to come up with the most creative hot dog recipe. The winner gets bragging rights and, of course, the last hot dog.
  • Explore the Hot Dogs of the World: Each week of July, try a hot dog recipe from a different country. It’s a culinary world tour from the comfort of your backyard!

National Hot Dog Month is more than just an excuse to indulge in America’s favorite sausage; it’s a celebration of creativity, tradition, and the simple pleasures of summer. Whether you’re a purist or a gourmet innovator, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a hot dog. So this July, let’s raise our buns to the sky and declare our love for all things hot dog. Happy grilling!

When does National Hot Dog Month happen next year?

National Hot Dog Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday July 1, 2025
  • Wednesday July 1, 2026
  • Thursday July 1, 2027
  • Saturday July 1, 2028
  • Sunday July 1, 2029


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