What's a "southern style" hot dog?

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2011/10/14 10:37:41 (permalink)

What's a "southern style" hot dog?

A local bakery has a "southern style" natural casing hot dog on its lunch menu and I'm wondering what exactly defines "southern".  As the South is often associated with pork barbecue could it possibly be a hot dog with a greater percentage of pork?
 
Now I need to get over there and actually try one!
 
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    wanderingjew
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 10:43:40 (permalink)
    It's a hot dog with a drawl.
     

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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 11:02:45 (permalink)
    When I was in the Navy, one of my shipmates, from the south, liked peanut butter on his hot dogs.......
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 11:25:30 (permalink)
    When I think of a Southern hot dog, I usually associate that with it having cole slaw on it.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 11:47:07 (permalink)

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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 13:28:59 (permalink)
    Chris has got it right! Steamed hot dog bun, griddled (usually, around here) hot dog, yellow "ball park" mustard, chilli sauce, coleslaw, and finely chopped onions, that makes it "all the way." You can order "no onions" if you want, but why would anyone want to do that?
     
    For those of us that want to upscale our Southern style dog, you could make your own chilli sauce and slaw. On my homemade dog, I put the onions on top of the mustard, then add the chilli, then the slaw on top. This order contains the onions and prevents onion spillage, which would ruin the sum of the parts.....IMO. Some of us take our hot dog construction very seriously! ;o)
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    post edited by tcrouzer - 2011/10/14 16:16:57
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 14:34:21 (permalink)
    Thats exactly the type of hot dog I had in Raleigh N.C. Very, very good!!
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 15:27:41 (permalink)
    Coleslaw on your Hot Dog.
    Coleslaw on your BBQ
    Coleslaw on your Grits.
    Coleslaw on your Cereal.
    EVERYTHING in the South has Coleslaw on it!
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 16:09:43 (permalink)
    Foodbme.....ummm......not really. But you left out a Carolina Burger with chilli and slaw on it.....yummmmm! And we have Reubens and Rachels down here too that have slaw on them.
     
    And, by the way, in my neck of the South, we don't usually call it coleslaw - just slaw. We all know what we mean.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/14 16:28:14 (permalink)
    Slaw dogs are prepared so that the slaw is put on last, on top of the dog. That way you can tell your momma that you are having a vegetable with your meal!
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/17 18:45:09 (permalink)
    Noooo...not so much.  On dogs in the southeast...the Carolina's...Virginia and West Virginia.  With not on BBQ...well in Tennessee the put slaw on BBQ sandwiches but not so much elsewhere...Grits and cereal...who done toll you dat?  We have slaw "on the side" most of the time.  
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    Coleslaw on your Hot Dog.
    Coleslaw on your BBQ
    Coleslaw on your Grits.
    Coleslaw on your Cereal.
    EVERYTHING in the South has Coleslaw on it!


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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/17 20:23:12 (permalink)
    Here in SWVA, it's a Jesse Jones dog on a Sunbeam Bun. White onions chopped real fine, yellow mustard, a chili powder and paprika based sauce, a Dukes Mayo based Slaw, kinda sweet. That's yer Basic Southern Dog. Will vary in parts of the South.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/19 05:07:36 (permalink)
    In the Norfolk & Virginia Beach area it usually means a Hormel dog (natural casing) that's cooked on a griddle.  They're served with a "greek-style" chili or chili sauce.  There are bunch of places that serve it this way.
     
    Any ideas why Hormel is the dog of choice?
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/19 07:03:14 (permalink)
    Because the Hormel name has been around for a time and maybe people associate the name with quality products?
     
    We just don't have the regional sausage and deli meat makers in the South that can be found elsewhere in the country, especially in the Northern states and midwest. Guess we concentrate our energy into making great barbecue instead?
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/19 12:09:42 (permalink)
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    A local bakery has a "southern style" natural casing hot dog on its lunch menu and I'm wondering what exactly defines "southern".  As the South is often associated with pork barbecue could it possibly be a hot dog with a greater percentage of pork?

    Now I need to get over there and actually try one!

    Brad

    I found something that is interesting!!
     
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/07/america-regional-hot-dog-styles-coneys-half-smokes-reds-whites.html
     
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/19 12:53:01 (permalink)
    I just finished a couple of hot dogs from The Rolling Pin (see original post): a mustard dog and a chili dog.
     
    I'll say that the dogs themselves aren't all beef but I don't know if they're all pork or a pork/beef mixture; either way they have a nice snappy natural casing and a mild flavor, and are served in what I call a "bakery bun" (slightly larger and fluffier than a prepackaged white bun like Sunbeam, Sara Lee, etc.).  The mustard is the plain yellow variety and the chili on the chili dog is more of a crumbly seasoned ground beef mixture than a slurry, and I liked them both.  2 decent dill pickle spears rounded things out and my total with tax was $4.75...I'll definitely be back the next time a hot dog sounds good for lunch.
     
    The menu says the dogs are "Green Bridge" but I couldn't find any online info, so I'll have to ask the next time I'm in there.
     
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/19 14:23:56 (permalink)
    kevincad, that was very interesting reading! Thank you!
     
    My love of hot dogs had its roots in the company store of the Champion Paper Co. in Canton NC back in the 1950s. The grocery store was owned by Champion and was close by the paper plant. My grandfather worked for Champion many years and my grandmother would shop at the company store. I would visit them every summer and stay a week or more by myself - I was the oldest grandchild. Next to the grocery store was a company pharmacy/soda shop/post office and we would go in for a hot dog after buying the week's groceries. The hot dogs were probably nothing special, but I loved them and remember them fondly.
     
    I'm so picky now.....I can't even think about eating one of those really, really red colored hot dogs. I stick with Nathan's, Hebrew National or the Bistro brand as often as  possible. My mom (now 86) loves hot dogs as much as I do!
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/20 17:04:35 (permalink)
    Well, not sure there is a specific dog that I'd say is Southern, but if there were it would be the dogs I had as a kid in Gulfport, MS at the Dog House Jr, downtown. Steamed bun, snappy hot dog, chili and a slice of melted cheese. We used to eat these things by the bunch, with ice cold Barq's Root Beer in the bottle, (before Coke got hold of them and spoiled things). No slaw dogs on the Coast, and not sure you could get farther South.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/10/24 10:35:37 (permalink)
    Interesting... The Jesse Jones brand of pork/chicken dogs (made famous at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA) claims to be "Southern Style"... right on the label.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/08 10:49:35 (permalink)
    coleslaw, chili, onion, mustard works for me. seemed to be popular when i lived in NC. i don't think there is a true Southern Style hot dog by definition. Seems to be a marketing term some brands use? Looks like WV does it too. Do what you like and call it what you like is what I always say. 
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/08 19:04:30 (permalink)
    In my experience "Southern" means:
     
    1) frying in butter, lard, or bacon grease
    2) curing ham with salt
    3) coleslaw on top or at least on the side
    4) meat groups: BBQ pork, fried chicken, and CFS 
    5) cornbread/hush puppies
    6) sweet tea served for lunch and dinner year-round 
    7) 'nana puddin'
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2011/11/08 19:07:08
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/13 11:10:21 (permalink)
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    Chris has got it right! Steamed hot dog bun, griddled (usually, around here) hot dog, yellow "ball park" mustard, chilli sauce, coleslaw, and finely chopped onions, that makes it "all the way." You can order "no onions" if you want, but why would anyone want to do that?

    For those of us that want to upscale our Southern style dog, you could make your own chilli sauce and slaw. On my homemade dog, I put the onions on top of the mustard, then add the chilli, then the slaw on top. This order contains the onions and prevents onion spillage, which would ruin the sum of the parts.....IMO. Some of us take our hot dog construction very seriously! ;o)
    Teresa

    Teresa,
     
    I agree.  I am from West Virginia & we have our hot dogs the same way-bun,hot dog,yellow mustard,onions, homemade chili(no beans!),homemade cole slaw.  The best hot dogs are roasted on a stick over an open fire.  Weeny roasts are a family tradition, I also make my baked beans, potato salad, & of course, s'mores. 
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/13 15:22:23 (permalink)
    Claracamille, glad to hear the folks in WV have it right! I agree the best dogs are  roasted over an open fire! As a former Girl Scout and Leader, I can make "green sticks" with the best of them. I remember when I was 10 or 11, a neighborhood friend and I would build a fire in the woods near a radio station and cook potatoes in foil in the coals and roast hot dogs, too. It's a wonder we didn't burn down the woods and the station! Ha! But we never thought anything of it, never got caught and never had any problems when we did this.
     
    You do know you can make s'mores in the microwave, don't you??? But my quilting buddies and I make them over the gas grill when we go on quilt retreats to the mountains and we're all in our 60s and 70s. But still girls at heart.
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/14 08:51:53 (permalink)
    Southern-Style Hot Dogs:
     
    Ted Turner
    Mark Cuban (even though he was born in Pittsburgh)
    John Edwards (more of a weiner than even Weiner)
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2011/11/14 10:16:27
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    Re:What's a "southern style" hot dog? 2011/11/14 09:22:38 (permalink)
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    Chris has got it right! Steamed hot dog bun, griddled (usually, around here) hot dog, yellow "ball park" mustard, chilli sauce, coleslaw, and finely chopped onions, that makes it "all the way." You can order "no onions" if you want, but why would anyone want to do that? ....
    Because one is allergic to raw onions.
     
    I'll go with the picture version in ChrisOCs post. 

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