Hot dogs! Get yer hot dogs!

by Larry Aylward
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The Boston Red Sox may not be favored to win the World Series this year, but their storied home field – Fenway Park – is favored to sell more hot dogs than any other Major League Baseball stadium in 2010, according to a survey by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Fenway Park will sell more than 1.6 million hot dogs – boiled and grilled – during this year’s Red Sox home games. Fenway Park is also the first MLB ballpark to install a Hot Nosh Glatt Kosher hot dog vending machine.

The Chicago Cubs will sell more than 1.5 million hot dogs at Wrigley Field, according to the survey.   Philadelphia Phillies fans will eat the third-most hot dogs, about 1.45 million, according to the survey. Dodger Stadium finished fourth in the poll, with 1.2 million hot dogs projected to be sold. Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, is fifth with 1.15 million in projected sales.

“Even with vast additions to stadiums’ menus, fans still relish the hot dog as their No. 1 food choice at the ballpark,” says Tom Super, spokesman for the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

There is only one MLB stadium where sausage tops hot dog sales – in Milwaukee, of course. About 910,000 sausages will be served this year at Miller Park, home of the Brewers.  

Hot Dog Sampler: What Some Stadiums Are Selling

Source: The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Most Major League Baseball stadiums add a little pizzazz to their hot dog offerings. Here are some:

   • At Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Dog is as popular as Ernie Banks. It’s an allbeef hot dog in a poppy-seed bun topped with peppers, a pickle spear, diced tomato wedges, diced sautéed onions, green relish, celery salt and yellow mustard. Wrigley Field also offers the new High Plains Bison Foot-long Buffalo Dog, a foot-long bison dog served with blue cheese, coleslaw and buffalo sauce.  

   • Phillies Franks rule at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. But among other creative varieties at the stadium are the South Philly Hot Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with broccoli rabe, spicy roasted peppers and sharp provolone on a crusty Italian roll; the Olde Philadelphia Hot Dog, an all-beef dog topped with Amish pepper hash, dill pickle and yellow mustard on a poppyseed roll; and the Summer Hot Dog, an all-beef dog topped with cucumbers, pickled onion salsa and ancho pepper sauce on a pretzel roll.

   • Down South, they like cole slaw on their hot dogs. Atlanta Braves fans do, too. That’s why Turner Field, home of the Braves, offers the Georgia Dog.    

   • The Pittsburgh Pirates have a crummy baseball team, but PNC Park offers one enticing hot dog: The Pittsburgh Dog, a foot-long hot dog topped with diced tomato, coleslaw, grilled onions, provolone cheese and French fries.

   • You don’t see many baseball teams pull off a triple play, but the Texas Rangers do every night at the concession stand at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The stadium offers the Mini Triple Play, a mini hot dog,   mini bratwurst and mini cracked black pepper sausage on a mini hot dog bun, along with Nolan Ryan sausage on a stick (Ryan, a former Ranger, has his own meat brand).

   • The Arizona Dog will surely impact   the tastebuds. Offered at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Dog is an all-beef foot-long topped with nacho cheese sauce, chorizo sausage and corn tortilla strips.

   • Cincinnati is the chili capital of the world. Hence, it makes sense that the Great American Ballpark, home of the Reds, offers the Cheese Coney, a dog topped with Skyline Chili, a mainstay brand in the Queen City that features a distinctive taste with hints of chocolate and cinnamon.

Larry Aylward is a free-lance writer from Cleveland.  

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