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Hot Dog Season Is Here: Try These Regional Dogs All Summer Long

Jun 30, 2023 11:51AM ● By Rose Terami
Summer is prime hot dog season, and whether you’re a hot dog pro or are just getting started, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in New England and beyond. Branching out from the classic hot dog recipe (hot dog, bun, ketchup, mustard), most US states have some version of a recipe that they like to call their own. From simple flavors to wild toppings, there’s something for everyone to explore. We’ve compiled a short list of some of New England’s most famous hot dog recipes, along with a few others from across the states:

MaineRed Snapper Dog

Maine’s signature hot dogs look a little different than what you might be used to. Red in color and snappy in texture, these hot dogs are prized by locals and scorned by tourists. For the sake of trying something new, give a Maine red snapper hot dog topped with mustard, ketchup, or grilled onions a shot.

Vermont & New Hampshire

While Vermont and New Hampshire don’t boast any particular state hot dog recipes, it could be worth giving these ideas a try:

Maple dogs – Sweet and salty, simple and classic.

Classic Dog – It never gets old. Add mustard and ketchup, maybe relish if you’re feeling fancy. Done.

MassachusettsThe Fenway Frank

You can enjoy a Fenway Frank at a ball game or in the comfort of your own home. Either way, you’ll experience the classic New England flavors of a beef frank in a buttered bun, topped with finely chopped onion, yellow mustard, and sweet pickle relish.

IllinoisChicago Dog

A Chicago-style hot dog is one of the more elaborate hot dog recipes out there. You take your classic hot dog, sub a poppy seed bun, and layer it with chopped onions, tomato slices, dill pickle spears, mustard, relish, hot peppers, and a sprinkle of celery salt. That’s a mouthful, literally.

North CarolinaCarolina-Style Dog

A Carolina-Style Dog is two meals in one. Loaded with chili, coleslaw, and chopped onions and drizzled with mustard, North Carolina doesn’t take the task of hot-dog-recipe making lightly.

Arizona Sonoran Dog

This hot dog brings a southern flare and a little bit of spice to the classic recipe we all know and love. Loaded with bacon, beans, avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro, the Sonoran Dog is sure to leave your taste buds tingling.

Washington Seattle Dog

The Seattle Dog is spicy, creamy, and satisfying. It’s served with cream cheese, sauteed onions, and sriracha on top of Polish sausage, and you can add jalapenos and mustard for a little extra spice and flavor.

AlaskaReindeer Dog

It’s not actually reindeer meat, but a close second—caribou. These tasty dogs are served in a steamed bun and feature simple toppings like stone-ground mustard and grilled onions (sometimes sauteed in Coca-Cola).

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