Hot Dog Gift Guide
Who doesn't love hot dogs? Fill your holidays with tubular meat joy from our selection of delicious and amazing hot dog related gifts ranging from t-shirts and DVDs to artwork and crazy hot dog cooking machines.
Jimmy Buff's 1932 Logo Shirt
Plenty of hot dog stands sell t-shirts to tourists and devotees—I'm building quite a collection myself—but this retro Jimmy Buff's shirt, with the original logo from 1932 is one of the coolest I've ever seen. Pick one up for $27.99 at printfection.com
What'll Ya Have: A History Of The Varsity
The legendary Varsity in Atlanta has some nice shirts for sale as well as this fantastic book celebrating their 75th anniversary. It's chock full of history and terrific photos, and only $17.50 from the Varsity Store, where you can also pick up Varsity Christmas ornaments, paper hats and cans of chili.
Zweigle's Red Hots
Zweigle's "Texas Red Hots" are short and stout, super snappy natural casing dogs made in Syracuse and hard to find elsewhere. After eating hot dogs all across the country, they're still one of my favorites, along with white hots and thinner German weiners, also available online.
Dogs are $5.49 to $6.49 a pack (plus shipping) or $69.90 for a five-pound assortment and free shipping from nystyledeli.com
And if you're ordering a bunch of dogs, you might as well throw in this handy Zweigle's cooler for only $6.
Chourico is a Portuguese sausage, similar to chorizo and popular in New England, used ground or sliced, or grilled and served on a roll like a hot dog. Rhode Island and Massachusetts seem to be ground zero, where several local purveyors make their own in various forms including Chourico Franks.
Hot Dog Art Prints
No hot dog collection or modern kitchen is complete without one of my dazzlingly bright hot dog art prints. The artwork is selected from the best Hot Dog Of The Week columns here on Serious Eats, and printed by Silicon Gallery Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
These are 11x14 Giclee prints on acid-free, archival paper for $29 each (plus shipping) or $100 for a set of four. I've got 20 different designs available, including a bunch of brand new ones: the Jersey Italian Hot Dog, Cleveland's Polish Boy, and a (non-hot-dog) Wiz-slathered homage to the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. Available at hawkkrall.net.
A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour
This terrific new documentary (where you can find even more of my artwork!) by filmmaker Mark Kotlinski is about Connecticut hot dogs: a must for hot dog lovers, New Englanders, or fans of Americana in general. It's an in-depth look into the food and culture of Connecticut hot dog joints in the tradition of the seminal 1999 PBS Hot Dog Program by Rick Sebak (who also lends his endorsement to the documentary).
The DVD is only $7.99, or grab three for $19.99 and give one to every food lover in your life! Available at CToriginals.com.
New England Bun Baking Pan
A common problem among hot dog maniacs and displaced New Englanders is the absolute impossibility of finding top-split, New England style hot dog buns outside of the Northeast (or a few areas down south).
Sure you can order them online or drive back and forth to Connecticut every time you cook hot dogs. Or you can just make your own with this handy nonstick, commercial grade New England Hot Dog Bun Pan ($23). Each pan makes 10 buns.
European Style Hot Dog Steamer
At Puka Dog in Hawaii, Dogmatic in New York, and all over Europe, hot dogs are served jammed into toasty rolls and filled with sauce like giant pigs in a blanket. Now you can make your own at home with a $713 commercial-grade hot dog steamer with four toasting spikes or this awesome plastic version for only $69.99 (which also boils eggs and makes popcorn!).
Hot Dog Grill Toppers
At long last, you can now brand hot dogs with the name of your favorite sports team. Simply heat the grill topper on your grill for a few minutes before searing the UCLA or Georgia Tech logo onto the tubular meat of your choice. I don't think I know anybody who doesn't want this. They're $17.99 a pop; check for your team at grilltopper.com. Also available for burgers.
Serious Eats Shopping Bag
And, last but not least, don't forget this killer Serious Eats shopping bag with its design (another one of mine) of a mutant sandwich overflowing with fried fish and hot dogs. A great gift for your fellow Serious Eaters and food lovers alike! The Baggu bags are available for $10 a piece.