If someone cared about not eating pork then they shouldn't be eating hot dogs with pork. If Joe thinks they shouldn't be eating hot dogs period, then why does he offer a beef hot dog? There are people who love hot dogs but won't eat pork. Maybe they should have a granola bar rather than a beef hot dog at Fab's.
Did you ask Joe why he told me in an e-mail that he knew the ripper was mostly pork and said he would correct the website?
I don't know who told Joe that the rippers are 60% beef, but they are wrong. If indeed someone told him that. Only thing I can think of is that maybe someone from the company doesn't want a competitor trying to reproduce their dog. I also can tell you that I personally know a Thumann's distributor and have an e-mail where he talked to me in depth about the product. I saved his e-mail. I wish I saved Joe's. Also there are several families that own Rutt's Hut. Rutt's uses the same recipe dog as Fab's. One owner, who was forthcoming, told me the dog is mostly pork and at Rutt's it is fried in beef tallow rather than vegetable oil. I'm mentioning this here because this guy didn't care if I posted it on a forum. I respect people who will give me info (such as the brand of dog used) and then request that I don't post it. I always keep this info confidential and will not post it. But this is really no secret.
I was at a function in New York where I met one of the owners of Crif Dogs. He freely admitted to me that the inspiration for their restaurant was Rutt's Hut and that they use the same dog for deep frying that is MOSTLY PORK.
Bottom line is that the ripper served is mostly pork with some beef and some cereal grains. If you like it, eat it. If you don't eat pork, you won't eat it. That is why Crif's and Fab's offers a beef dog. Rutt's Hut and most of the Jersey places that serve the ripper only offer this one dog. Johnny & Hanges is an exception. They started serving a beef dog in the last few years.
<message edited by John Fox on Thu, 12/24/09 10:01 AM>