Many, if not most people really haven't been exposed to a good hot dog. Those made by European butcher shops and pork stores are .made from whole cuts of quality beef and pork; nothing vacuumed off a bone. Makes a big difference.
John, are there still butcher shops in NJ that make their own dogs ?? I would think these would be better than most on the mkt.........There is a place named Otto's sausage kitchen in Portland Oregon, they make all their own Hot Dogs and Sausage. They have a BBQ grill out front and grill the dogs and sausage. Nothing like getting a nice char dog off the grill from a quality sausage maker.
I made some hot dogs out of Short rib meat, I used this because of the nice amount of fat. In order to get the Hot Dog blend, it needs ice water to get an emulsion. You can add the spices you like, red pepper flakes for heat, Jalapeno juice or fine chopped fine peppers for flavor, you can also use fruit juice, beer, whatever. The spices and flavors are unlimited, no preservatives, just a full flavored Hot Dog. I do this because we raise our own pigs and beef and I'm always looking for new ways to use the pork and beef.