Hot Doug's Black Flag Shirts
Not only is this the best "Black-Flag-logo-inspired" t-shirt design I've ever seen, but also one of the coolest hot dog shirts in general. Hot Doug's kills it again. Available from Hot Doug's Official Online Store for $17.
Big Ed's Hot Sauce
This hot sauce is made by "Big Ed," owner of Pulliam's Old Fashioned Toasted Hot Dogs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. One of the best neon-red southern chili-slaw dogs I've ever had, even better with a shake of the house sauce. Available from heavenlyhotsauce.com for $2.99
Read more about Pulliam's in this Hot Dog Of The Week column.
Red Hot Dog Digest DVD
Speaking of red hot dogs, this documentary by southern food historian Fred Sauceman follows Virginia's "red hot dog trail" and features hot dog joints like Dip Dog and Skeeter's E. M. Umberberger Store, along with a bit of history about why the heck hot dogs are dyed bright neon red in the south.Available for $12 from Eastern Tennessee State University
"The Gastby" is a crazy street food sandwich popular in Capetown, South Africa, that consists of a long roll stuffed with chargrilled steak, "viennas" (aka hot dogs), "hot chips" (french fries) and all kinds of other stuff.
Thanks to South African artist Jacques Strauss who tipped me off to these (not to mention illustrated them!). Available for $20 U.S. dollars (plus international shipping) from Noon Gun Apparel
Read more about the Gatsby at The Culinary Linguist
New Hot Dog Prints
Speaking of crazy hot dog art, I've got TEN brand new prints in my store featuring a bunch of designs from Hot Dog of the Week, and even a hamburger! I'm also throwing in a set of free hot dog magnets with every order for the month of December. Available from hawkkrall.net for $16 to $45 each or $100 for a set of four.
Gilbert's Sausage Gear
Apologies for the relentless self-promotion, but these shirts I designed for Gilbert's Craft Sausages just came out and I'm sort of psyched about how they look. There's even a Chicago hot dog track jacket. Awesome, right? $14.99 to $39.99, available from gilbertssausages.com
You can also order Gilbert's delicious, nitrate-free-beer-infused Shebeergan brats, sausages, and all-beef Chicago-style "Froman" dogs from their website. Shipped 2-day or overnight in insulated coolers. 32 sausages for $26.99 plus S&H from gilbertssausages.com
Read more about cooking with Gilbert's dogs and sausages in this Hot Dog Of The Week column.
Winter's Sausage "l-901" Coneys
Until recently Winter's Sausage super-secret L-901 Coney Wieners were only available at Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit. They recently switched to a dog made by Dearborn Sausage, and Winter's for the first time offered the L-901's for sale to the public.
I was there before the switch, and have to say, they are some of the best dogs I've ever had. $39.99 + shipping for a 12-pound case from sausagexpress.com
Read more about Lafayette Coney Island in this this Hot Dog Of The Week column.
DIY Dogs at Home
If you have a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, you're only a few steps away from making your own hot dogs. You might need to run it through the grinder a few times to make an authentic wiener, but this sausage stuffer attachment from Williams-Sonoma is probably the most affordable option for making dogs and sausages at home.
Paired with this equally affordable Hot Dog Kit from The Sausage Source that includes curing salts, hot dog spices, and natural sheep casings, all you need is the meat. Kitchen Aid Sausage Stuffer Kit: $15 from willamssonoma.com; Wiener / Frankfurter Seasoning Spice Blend Kit: $15.84 from sausagesource.com
Need something to top those dogs? Inspired by Denmark's remoulade and crunchy fried onion topped hot dogs, Onion Crunch was introduced earlier this year by quasi-celebrity Nick Loeb. Despite the bizarre Hollywood connection, who doesn't want crispy onions all over their hot dogs? Sounds good to me. Available for $5.79 from onioncrunch.com or your local supermarket.
And be sure not to miss this hilarious Onion Crunch commercial.