The Best Hot Dogs in Major League Baseball
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, this year baseball fans will consume more than 21 million hot dogs at stadiums across the country. When I was a kid in the 60’s and 70’s, going to the ball park was a place for my brother and me to gorge ourselves on delicious and inexpensive junk food while my dad enjoyed watching the game. I remember we could get a tray with a couple of hot dogs and fries with our allowance money, which wasn’t much. That’s all changed in the past ten years. Ballparks have discovered that the real money is not in ticket sales, it’s in concessions. So now they offer gourmet junk foods with high-end ingredients and high-end prices, which set a new standard for deliciousness and decadence. That brings us to our top picks of the Best Hot Dogs in Major League Baseball.
The Baltimore Orioles: The Walk Off
Created by Executive Chef, John Distenfeld at Camden Yards, this giant Old Bay Roma sausage is placed in a pretzel roll and topped with old bay crab dip and sprinkles of parsley for a garnish. The entire dog is then broiled giving the crab topping a nicely caramelized crust.
The Texas Rangers: The Boomstick
The Boomstick is smothered in chili, macho cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapenos and placed on a sturdy potato bun, weighing about three pounds in total. This monster will set you back $26, which, considering that the all-beef hot dog is 2-feet long, equals roughly $1.00 per one inch bit of hot dog. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for one person to eat the whole thing, but I’ll give it a try.
The Arizona Diamondbacks: The D-Bat Dog
The D-Bat Dog is an 18 inch long corn dog stuffed with cheddar, jalapenos, and bacon and served in a box filled with french fries. It costs a whopping $25 (that’s $1.38 per 1″ bite), which seems like a lot. But the laughs you’ll get as you pick up the stick and and put this 18″ phallic monster in your mouth will be priceless.
The Los Angeles Dodgers: The Playoff Dog
In 2014 the Dodgers made the playoffs and to celebrate, they introduced a special hot dog, called the Playoff Dog. They took a jumbo size hot dog, put it in a pretzel bun, and topped the whole thing with pastrami, mustard, and a thick pickle wedge. Sounds great!
Atlanta Braves: The Dixie Dog
The Dixie Dog is a foot-long all-beef hot dog smothered in pulled pork, creamy coleslaw and dill pickle slices and then topped with a generous coating of yellow, mustard based BBQ sauce. It’s served in a box on top of a generous serving of potato chips. It’s yummy, but its loses points because it’s very similar to the Kansas City Royals All Star Dog.
The Pittsburgh Pirates: The Polish Hill Dog
The Pirates’ Polish Hill Dog is a foot-long grilled hot dog on a specialty bun (it’s a normal bun, but one that actually fits the whole hot dog and doesn’t leave the ends sticking out). The hot dog is topped with coleslaw and pulled pork doused in Kansas City barbecue sauce. While a pulled-pork and coleslaw topped foot-long would be enough for most baseball fans, the Pirates took things up a notch by adding onion rings and pierogis. The onion rings I get, but I”m not sure why the pierogis. It must be a Western Pennsylvania thing.
The Milwaukee Brewers: The Beast
The Brewers’ Beast is a hot dog and bratwurst wrapped in bacon and then deep fried. No one said it was good for you, but it is delicious.
Arizona Diamondback: The Arizona Dog
The Arizona Dog is a foot-long all-beef hot dog covered with crumbled fried chorizo sausage and melted nacho cheese, and garnished with confetti like strips of multicolored tortilla chips.
Los Angeles Angles: The Halo Dog
The Halo Dog is an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and covered with charro beans, shredded Monterry Jack cheese, and pico de gallo salsa.
The Milwaukee Brewers: The “Down Wisconsin Avenue” Brat
Starting this season the Brewers have a double entry in the Best Hot Dogs of Major League Baseball with their introduction of Down Wisconsin Avenue brat. This concoction was developed by Delaware North, which has the Miller Park and Lambeau Field food service contracts. The name comes from an expression by the Brewers’ radio announcer Bob Uecker used for a pitch that zooms right over the middle of home plate. This beauty features a grilled 18-inch brat covered in cheese curds, fried sauerkraut, cheese sauce, fried jalapenos, sour cream and chives and comes with shoestring fries in a special baguette style bun. It sells for $20, base balls not included. OK, while it’s technically not a hot dog, I’m dying to give it a try.