Hot dogs 'still rule' at ballpark concessions

by Meat&Poultry STaff
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WASHINGTON – Ballparks throughout the U.S. will serve 21,378,064 hot dogs and 4,933,853 sausages this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's (N.H.D.S.C.) annual survey.

Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, tops the survey again this year in serving the most hot dogs. It is expected to serve more than 1.67 million hot dogs this season. Boiled and grilled, the Fenway Frank is served on a New England-style bun and topped with a choice of mustard and relish. Fenway is also the first M.L.B. ballpark to install a Hot Nosh Glatt Kosher hot dog vending machine.

The Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field is in second place. Fans are expected to eat 1.54 million hot dogs this season. The stadium's top dog is the Chicago Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with sport peppers, a pickle spear, diced tomato wedges, diced sautéed onion, green relish, celery salt and yellow mustard in a poppy seed bun. New this year is the High Plains Bison Foot-long Buffalo Dog served with blue cheese, coleslaw and buffalo sauce.

Number three is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park. Fans are expected to consume 1.45 million hot dogs this season. The Phillies are asking fans this year to select a new signature hot dog for the park. The three finalists 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.

Dodger Stadium finished fourth in the poll, with 1.2 million hot dogs projected, with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, coming in fifth with 1.15 million in projected sales.

At Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., fans nosh on the Ben's Chili Bowl Half Smoke, a half-smoke sausage covered with chili, shredded cheese, diced onions and mustard. Pittsburgh Pirates' P.N.C. Park features The Pittsburgh Dog, a foot-long hot dog topped with diced tomato, coleslaw, grilled onions, provolone cheese and French fries. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 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 the Nolan Ryan sausage on a stick.

Petco Park, stadium of the San Diego Padres, offers the Sonoran Dog, which comes wrapped in bacon. A staple at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the Arizona Dog, an all-beef, foot-long topped with nacho cheese sauce, chorizo sausage and corn tortilla strips.

Fans visiting Dodger Stadium this year can enjoy the return of the spicy Picante Dog, which joins the famous Dodger Dog.

Turning to sausage, it is projected 910,000 sausages will be served this year at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, the only stadium in Major League Baseball where sausages outsell hot dogs. In fact, the stadium sells more sausages than 22 teams sell hot dogs.

The New York Mets Citi Field finished a distant runner-up to the Brewers, and is expected to serve approximately 376,650 sausages this year. Finishing third in the N.H.D.S.C.'s second-annual sausage consumption survey is U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, with 325,000 projected in sausage sales.

With the Minnesota Twins’ move to Target Field comes some changes to the menu, which will feature Minnesota-focused signature items. Minnesota-made Schweigert hot dogs are on the menu. Fans may choose from a new hot dog lineup that includes the Original Twins Dog, a traditional pork and beef hot dog made from the same recipe as the ones served in the team's first ballpark and the Twins Big Dog, a quarter-pound, all-beef dog that will be served at portable grills and select concession stands.

Nationals Park in D.C. is home to a Taste of the Majors stand that includes the D.C. Dog with chili, onions and mustard; the Philly Dog with cheese sauce, peppers and onions; the Sea Dog (Florida), which is a foot-long cod sandwich; the Atlanta Dog with chili and coleslaw; and the New York Dog topped with sauerkraut and mustard.

Angels Stadium in Anaheim offers the Angel Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with mustard, ketchup, relish and onions; a traditional Chicago Dog; a New York Coney with chili, melted cheddar and onions; a Boston Dog topped with glazed baked beans and bacon; or Kansas City Barbecue Dog topped with smoked beef brisket and a tangy barbecue sauce.

Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, and Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, also feature a number of regional favorites including Diablo Dogs, Texas Dogs, Island Dogs, Chicago Dogs, Cincinnati Cheese Coneys and New York City Dogs.

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