Hot Dog Etiquette?
Yes Really!

Hot Dog etiquette is one of those subjects people make fun of but hot dog lovers are willing to fight over.


Hot Dog etiquette is one of those subjects people make fun of but hot dog lovers are willing to fight over. As silly as it might sound we hot dog connoisseurs believe that  a hot dog is more than just a food it is an experience. To fully enjoy the experience and get the most from your frank some very simple and straight forward rules should be observed. If you do not follow these rules the world will not end, the zombie apocalypse will not begin and in most families you will not be disowned but why risk it?


National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's
Code Of Hot Dog Etiquette

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council was established in 1994 and is considered a leading authority on all things Hot Dog. In an effort to protect the ultimate hot dog experience the developed the following code of Hot Dog etiquette.

Don't...

Put toppings directly onto the bun. this will create a soggy bun and cause it to fall apart and not protect the hot dog. Always "dress the dog," not the bun.

Along with this there is an appropriate order in which to apply other toppings:

wet condiments like mustard and chili should be applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, then shredded cheese and last but not least spices, like celery salt or pepper.

Do...

It is acceptable to serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs but Sun-dried tomato buns, french baguettes or croissants are considered gauche with franks. 

Don't...

Even think about using a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper napkins are ok but a paper towel, shirt sleeve or bare hand is always preferable.

Do...

Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. A fork and knife give off an air of sophistication that hot dog connoisseurs avoid at all cost.Utensils should never never touch hot dogs on buns.

Do...

Use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable if it is a formal family gathering but under no circumstances is china to ever be used; china is a no-no.

Don't...

Take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. Otherwise you will be considered to be nibbling,which is only acceptable for small children. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable but a real pro could still meet the 5 bite standard.

Don't...

Leave any bits of bun on your plate.once attached to the frank the bun becomes part of the hot dog and it is not permissible to leave any behind. A partially eaten hot dog could be grounds for immediate removal from the premises. Eat it all!

Don't...

Put fresh herbs on the same plate with hot dogs, if you want a salad get a bowl. and to put parsley leaves or any other plant looking thing on the plate over-does the presentation and looks like it should be on china (see above)

Don't...

*Use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. 

Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog and is used by people who do not like hot dogs to cover the flavor.

Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are all acceptable anytime.

 * this has since been revised and the council has decided that ketchup is acceptable. While I do not agree with the decision, my wife is happy and feels vindicated. This has been a long standing topic of disagreement. 

Do...

Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.Once again when a condiment is connected to the hot dog it becomes part of the Hot dog and it is unacceptable to leave it behind or discard it.

Don't...

Send a thank you note following a hot dog barbecue. If anything ask for the recipe or brand of hot dog used to show true gratitude for the invite. It would not be in keeping with the unpretentious nature of hot dogs to send a thank you. your enjoyment of a great hot dog is more than enough thanks for any true hot dog connoisseur. 

Don't...

Bring wine or any other fruity drink to a hot dog cookout. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable, especially if it is sweet tea.

Don't...

Ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.


Now That You Know Proper Hot Dog Etiquette


Hot Dog etiquette is one of those subjects people make fun of but hot dog lovers are willing to fight over.

While some hot dog etiquette may seem a little silly, there are actually reasons behind some of it. no one likes soggy buns, to taste only the bread or feel under dressed for a hot dog cookout. Hot dogs are fun, unpretentious and allow people to get together, relax and be themselves. So the Idea of hot dog etiquette may seem absurd but it reminds us to keep things simple and don't try to be something we are not.



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