Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hot Dog Or Wiener

Let the confusion begin and lets begin with Wikipedia which says “A hot dog is a cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed and served in a sliced bun as a sandwich” they later say “Common hot dog ingredients include: Meat trimmings and fat, Flavorings, such as salt, garlic, and paprika, Preservatives (cure) - typically sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite.”  Notice no mention of bun or sandwich.  This was accompanied with this photo labeled "Grilled Hot Dogs"

                                          Grilled hot dogs

According to Webster, a wiener is a “frankfurter” and a frankfurter is “a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing.”

When I was growing up, we always grilled wieners from which to make hot dogs and I’ve ordered and eaten hundreds of hot dogs in my time and I never once expected to be served, nor did I ever get, just the meat.  So why when I go to the store can I find a pack of hot dogs?

Have you ever known a kid sing “I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer Hot Dog.”

In looking at Sam’s Club online, I’m happy to report that I found only a couple of packages calling themselves hot dogs, a few more called wieners, and the vast majority labeled as franks (perhaps because it sounds better than wieners).

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s discuss hamburger, which Webster says is:

a:  ground beef 
b:  a patty of ground beef
c:  a sandwich consisting of a patty of hamburger in a split typically round bun

Is it any wonder we have communication problems in America. I love to do food rants.   

Lifted this photo from Facebook.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.



  1. I had no idea hot dogs could be confusing until today and hadn't even noticed their different names on the packaging. But now that you mention it, it becomes very apparent. Makes you wonder how manufacturers decide what to call their product.

  2. Great laugh this morning. Made my day.

  3. Larry, We like hot dogs. They work with macaroni, a bun, scrambled or on the side with eggs, etc. We always have a pack on hand of the all beef hot dogs/wieners/franks that we can pick up at Benton's on US 411. These all beef creations are the best ever! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Good of you to pull back the curtain on dogs and burgers.

  5. I have to admit, when I'm going to have hot dogs, I always refer to the package of meat I'm going to purchase as "picking up a package of hot dogs". As opposed to "wieners?. And I also call the end product hotdogs. When I'm going to have a bratwurst ona bun I call those brats. But most importantly I call them all delicious.

  6. It's hot dogs all the way here, but truthfully, I never thought about it. I wasn't crazy about hot dogs until I moved here and had my first Chicago-style hot dog with neon pickle relish! This is definitely an entertaining post!

  7. I never even realized that most don't say hot dogs. That's the only thing I've ever called them.

  8. Hot dogs here, for my whole life.


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