This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.
Who doesn't love a good hot dog? I know I get excited when it comes time for a hot dog cookout. First off, hot dogs are simple to grill. Second, they are a blank slate when it comes time to add your favorite flavors. From a simple squirt of ketchup to an elaborate topping of lump crab meat, hot dogs can handle it all. This is cookout food that both the kids and adults can be happy about.
Best Type of Hot Dog
Hot dogs have changed a lot over the years. There are options now available that can rival a high-end sausage. The first thing to look for is “all beef”. This will provide a hot dog that has a stronger, richer flavor. It will almost taste like you are biting into a piece of steak rather than a mystery blend of various processed meats. Second, you’ll want a hot dog with a natural casing. This will provide that “pop” when you bite into it, like an authentic sausage. Third, take a look at that ingredient label. Try to keep things simple. The first ingredient should be beef, following by a list of spices for flavoring. I also like to avoid any preservatives, such as sodium nitrate. The addition of nitrates allows the hot dog to last a very long time, but chances are I'll be grilling the hot dogs within a few days of buying them, so I prefer to pass on the preservatives. The organic and all-natural brands mostly have no added preservatives.