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Greyghost

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Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 5:57 PM (permalink)
AOL Hot Dog Taste Test

http://food.aol.com/grilling/best-hot-dogs


AOL has featured another hot dog taste test and has chosen the top 20 dogs. I find some of the results pretty strange to say the least. Dietz & Watson in last place! Sabrett's next to last! There are surprises galore in this taste test.

And the winner is?

Hebrew National Reduced Fat Beef Franks

Well, what do the hot dog experts here at Roadfood think about these rankings?
 
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    spud

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    RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 6:07 PM (permalink)
    the greatest majority of stuff they have in their list is just plain grocery store crap. I wouldnt dirty my grill with any of it. BLEH
     
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      uncledaveyo

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      RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 6:09 PM (permalink)
      FOUR Oscar Mayer products. Enough said. Idiotic.
       
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        Greyghost

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        RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 7:05 PM (permalink)
        Yep, most of the dogs are brands commonly available in supermarkets. That's what one would expect from an AOL taste test anyway. Some of the brands are highly regarded ones though.

        I was surprised as anyone by the results. I notice they did not say anything about who was doing the ratings or what their qualifications were. Maybe they descended on a middle school lunch room and had them rate them. Who knows?
         
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          Russ Jackson

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          RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 7:24 PM (permalink)
          What was up with the little hot dogs?...Russ
           
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            uncledaveyo

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            RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 7:27 PM (permalink)
            yeah, that was bizarre.
             
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              Charles Cramer

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              RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 7:29 PM (permalink)
              I'd agree about an AOL rating being suspect. that being said, I'm not at all surprised that the top two (of those rated) were Kosher dogs.

              I might vote for other (brand of)Kosher dogs over Hebrew National, but Kosher versus non? For my tastes, it's not even a point to ponder. Give me a garlicky beef Kosher(not who knows what scary piggy parts...)with some nice spicy mustard (Kosciusko Please!), and some kraut and chopped onions? Yum-a-licious!

              As to the yellow mustard crowd? personally it's in my useless condiments category. If that's my only mustard choice for my dog, I'll go without.

              I'm sure some folks love it and swear by it. That's fine too :) Whatever makes you happy is fine by me!
               
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                ScreenBear

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                RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 8:16 PM (permalink)
                Ridiculous!

                The Bear
                 
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                  MellowRoast

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                  RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 8:38 PM (permalink)
                  Weird-O-Rama. I especially can't understand a reduced-fat product landing first place, even if it's my favorite brand, Hebrew National.
                   
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                    Greyghost

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                    RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 8:47 PM (permalink)
                    Charles,

                    I had to try the Hebrew National Reduced Fat Beef Franks, so I bought a pack and had two for lunch. I have had them before but it has been a while. While I would not rate them as the top dog, they were certainly very good and quite pleasant eating. Very good flavor and the reduced fat can make one feel somewhat virtuous. I did limit myself to two...but like the panel, I wanted more. Very good indeed, even plainly done. They are still not my favorite though.

                    Kosciusko mustard? I love it. A great mustard at a reasonable price. I would not discount French's yellow mustard though. That brilliant yellow color comes from turmeric which is very healthy for you as is the mustard itself. Maybe, next time I am at a traffic light and see someone else in an old Chevy, I will roll down the window and say " Pardon me, do you have any French's mustard?"

                    Thank you Charles, for supporting Roadfood as an Insider, please keep posting, looking forward to more interesting posts.
                     
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                      gostillerz

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                      RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Mon, 07/28/08 10:47 PM (permalink)
                      I read a review that had Bar-S beef as #1. Bar-Freaking-S!!!!!

                      I'm just going to try and make some myself. I make a mean Kielbasa.
                       
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                        UncleVic

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                        RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 12:18 AM (permalink)
                        gostillerz... If you make the Kielbasa from scratch, drop me an email with the recipe!
                        Also, I know there's regional tastes, but where these AOL taste testers up in the Antarctic or something? What a joke.
                         
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                          uncledaveyo

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                          RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 12:25 AM (permalink)
                          Yeah, it just was one of the strangest "top 20 lists" I've ever seen. It was so weird that up became down, and the Arctic became the Antarctic.
                           
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                            Coz Dogs

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                            RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 5:18 PM (permalink)
                            OK who did the tasting
                            I know for a fact that the hot dogs with natural casings and all beef, are all ways better
                            chicago dogs awesome, brats wow, so does the tasting panel have taste buds ???
                            If i boil my brats in beer you will know there is a great difference, I never buy regular Dogs
                            any more !!!!


                            Nuts totally Nuts
                             
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                              Greyghost

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                              RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 6:26 PM (permalink)
                              Coz,

                              I don't know where they got their panel from. I suspect it was a last minute project. Perhaps they culled people sleeping on the subway late at night in NYC. Could have been middle school children as well, as I originally suspected...who knows? We may ask, but I don't think they will tell.

                              Brats and other types of sausage were not part of the taste test and I do not see any reason why they should have been. It was a hot dog taste test, after all.

                              I have more to say, but I am already late for my Tuesday night literacy class. I am trying to learn how to write on the web in a sensible literate manner.

                               
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                                uncledaveyo

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                                RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 6:41 PM (permalink)
                                I found your post very sensible and fairly literate, G.Ghost.
                                 
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                                  Foodbme

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                                  RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 6:52 PM (permalink)
                                  There's another thread on here somewhere that covers another taste test that contridicts everything in this one. Our own Resident "KING of the WEENIES", John Fox, was on the panel. They came up with the Holy Grail of Weenies. I can't find that thread. I'm summoning John Fox to come to the mountain top to enlighten us on this very subject and put this issue to bed. Come forth John!
                                   
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                                    Coz Dogs

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                                    RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 6:54 PM (permalink)
                                    I checked futher into this Wal mart conducted the taste test Figures!!!
                                    Gghost your right just Hot dogs but the Dietz & Watson is still better than there winner.
                                    Hebrew national reduced fat, and I am jewish I Know...
                                    COZ
                                     
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                                      John Fox

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                                      RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 8:18 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Foodbme

                                      There's another thread on here somewhere that covers another taste test that contridicts everything in this one. Our own Resident "KING of the WEENIES", John Fox, was on the panel. They came up with the Holy Grail of Weenies. I can't find that thread. I'm summoning John Fox to come to the mountain top to enlighten us on this very subject and put this issue to bed. Come forth John!


                                      I have been summoned from the Mountain Top where I was enjoying a Tatra Polish beer. Don't know where the thread on Roadfood is, but here is a link to the tasting with more info than you might want.

                                      http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/07/03/the-great-off-the-broiler-hot-dog-tasting-of-2007/
                                       
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                                        Foodbme

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                                        RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 8:50 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by John Fox

                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by Foodbme

                                        There's another thread on here somewhere that covers another taste test that contridicts everything in this one. Our own Resident "KING of the WEENIES", John Fox, was on the panel. They came up with the Holy Grail of Weenies. I can't find that thread. I'm summoning John Fox to come to the mountain top to enlighten us on this very subject and put this issue to bed. Come forth John!


                                        I have been summoned from the Mountain Top where I was enjoying a Tatra Polish beer. Don't know where the thread on Roadfood is, but here is a link to the tasting with more info than you might want.

                                        http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/07/03/the-great-off-the-broiler-hot-dog-tasting-of-2007/


                                        Thank You O "King of the Weenies" for your input. I knew you would come thru with your limitless knowledge and sage advice.
                                         
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                                          DougS

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                                          RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 10:03 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Foodbme say'es, "Thank You, O King of the Weenies"


                                          Now that tickled me. ROTFLMAO
                                           
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                                            Foodbme

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                                            RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 11:26 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by DougS

                                            quote:
                                            Foodbme say'es, "Thank You, O King of the Weenies"


                                            Now that tickled me. ROTFLMAO


                                            What the Hell does ROTFLMAO mean???? I grew up in an era when we speled things out!
                                             
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                                              leethebard

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                                              RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 11:29 PM (permalink)
                                              All these text message letter short cuts make anyone over 35 feel old!!! Sorry I agree with Foodbme,I like words...not all those appreviations,but that's just me...or is that BTJM!
                                               
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                                                David_NYC

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                                                RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 11:29 PM (permalink)
                                                Another one of those "best pizza in the valley" articles. As for who was behind the article, it was Kat Kinsman, an editor at Slashfood/AOL Food. The article generated hundreds of comments to the blog referenced in the article, mostly of the "you're nuts" variety. However, those comments yield the names of dozens of regional brands of quality franks. Comment number 329, July 25, 2008, 10:55 AM came from Kat Kinsman herself. Kat defended her impartiality, but continued to remain very vague about the testing procedure.

                                                To try to answer Greyghost's question, the taste test was done in the NYC Metro area. From reading Kat's other posts and determining where the brands selected are sold, it is quite obvious Kat is NY based. Nothing from Vienna Beef, Wisconsin, Connecticut, or upstate New York. The other issue is how much is AOL going to spend on a taste test? These are free, advertiser-supported web sites. They probbly don't want to spend any more than their writers' salaries.

                                                The other thing I noticed between this test and the one referenced by John Fox is that the 'Off the Broiler' folks did some research and did not include any 'junk' brands of franks. As others have written, the AOL test just used stuff available in the supermarkets. We also don't know how the franks were prepared. If you read the threads here, the best hot dog places know the best way to cook the brands they sell. Maybe the cooking was all wrong?

                                                I do give the writers credit for not using a headline such as "Americas Best Hot Dogs." But the article is as useful to the general public as the maintenance reports for the Greenpoint sewage treatment plant.
                                                 
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                                                  FriedClamFanatic

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                                                  RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 11:53 PM (permalink)
                                                  and as another "oldie but goodie" I agree with the abbreviations. However, since noone has yet defined it, it means "rolling on the floor laughing my [you can fill in that word] off
                                                   
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                                                    leethebard

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                                                    RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Tue, 07/29/08 11:58 PM (permalink)
                                                    IGIDGI....I guess I don't get it.
                                                     
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                                                      Foodbme

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                                                      RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Wed, 07/30/08 2:18 AM (permalink)
                                                      [8D
                                                      quote:
                                                      Originally posted by leethebard

                                                      IGIDGI....I guess I don't get it.


                                                      ME----Me Either!
                                                       
                                                      #27
                                                        MiamiDon

                                                        RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Wed, 07/30/08 6:01 AM (permalink)
                                                        Did you notice that all twenty weiners received glowing praise? I don't recall seeing any negatives.

                                                        My second thought was, "Do these people even like hot dogs?"

                                                        In regard to the methodology: Think, "English/Drama major designs scientific comparison".
                                                         
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                                                          leethebard

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                                                          RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Wed, 07/30/08 10:24 AM (permalink)
                                                          Any test of Nyc?Nj dogs that doesn't include Shickhaus is not a good test!!!!!
                                                           
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                                                            sk bob

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                                                            RE: Hot Dog Taste Test Wed, 07/30/08 6:15 PM (permalink)
                                                            Another sham sponsored by a corporation.
                                                            If the hot dog doesn't fill the bun, ( Ball Park, Oscar Mayer, etc),I won't buy them.
                                                            The best on that list is Sabbret.
                                                            one of the "tasters" didn't like one brand because the skin split. WAAH. don't go to Rutt's,he'll die.
                                                            Those Hillshire Farms little beef franks are great cooked in a pan of Bullseye BBQ sauce.
                                                            And gosillerz, eat the package the Bar- S comes in,it's better than anything they make.
                                                             
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