I forgot how good Nathan hot dogs are....very simple Q-View

Discussion in 'Grilling Beef' started by fwismoker, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Not a better dog than a skinless all beef dog like Nathans....just forgot how good they were.  Smoked w/ a little hickory on the ND mini @ 200 for about 45 minutes and finished on the over the coals for a minute....sweet onions and horseradish mustard.  I could eat a dozen of these..lol
  2. Looks good, but I can't agree that there isn't a better dog than Nathan's.
    But they're certainly not bad and quite popular in this neck of the woods.

  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I'd love to find some better than Hebrew National and Nathans....any skinless all beef.   What others are good?    I should have added nothing better than the skinless dogs in the smoker!   Slow cooking in the smoker does add a little something extra. 
  4. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Martin..... Vienna beef in natural casings ??    I will look for them....   Nathan's and Costco Polish are my "go to" now....
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks a lot man. I got home late last night from class and had pretty much decided to skip food and head to bed. Then I logged onto SMF and saw this post. Got dressed again, headed out to the store for hot dogs and buns....

    Was totally worth the late start and heartburn this morning. [​IMG]
  7. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    ha ha....what kind of dogs were they?
  8. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We had Chicago style dogs (a meal in itself) last evening using Hebrew Nationals, which of the two we prefer.

    Pros:  Quality 100% beef

    Cons: Expensive, can't find them a foot long. 

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My favorite Dogs made in the store are "Berks" quarter pounders, sold at WaWa stores, but I think they are only located in SoutEast PA and Central & South Jersey.

  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It sucks that they are so regional, but I have had all the above but and for my money the best Dogs are...Schickhaus Natural Casing Griddle Franks. Served either Texas Wiener Style, Yellow Mustard, Raw Onion and Chili Sauce (greasy meat sauce). Or Italian Style, Fried Potatoes, Peppers and Onions with Mustard...JJ

  11. Schickhaus used to be okay as far as beef and pork franks go, but last i heard they're made by Armour-Eckrich. I just can't stomach anything from those folks.

  12. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    Martin - You heard correctly.

    Schickhaus, as an independent meat processing company, hasn't existed in decades. In 1980 John Morrell Food Group acquired the brands and trademarks of Schickhaus from, I believe, Swift & Co. For a period, the hot dogs were produced by some regional processors until the production was rolled in-house with Armour and later Armour-Eckrich, two other brands that Morrell had acquired over the years.

    Taking it a couple steps further, in 2006 Morrell, and all of it's subsidiary brands, were acquired by Smithfield Foods, which you no doubt know is currently in the process of being acquired by Shuanghui International Holdings in Luohe, Henan, China.

    As an aside, Nathan's, which was acquired by a group of private investors in 1987, has the same arrangement for the production of their hot dogs with Morrell (Armour-Eckrich).

    It gets kind of confusing figuring out where the food you love, or thought you once did, actually comes from these days.
  13. Another good reason to make your own!

  14. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Man, If I could get even close to the flavor of Schickhaus I be in heaven. As far as the take over, there is definitely a difference in flavor. It is similar but they are using less spices than when Schickhaus was making them. Close but less salt and slightly less spice. Still pretty tasty...JJ
  15. The absolute best hot dogs I have ever had pass my lips are not easy to find, and exceedingly local, are those made at the Forked River German Butcher, in beautiful Forked Riverr NJ by an actual german Meisterfleisher (her huge certificate hangs on the wall).  I miss having that place a mile from my house, and on the way to work.
  16. I'm kinda partial to the Costco Polish dogs myself.
  17. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Try the garlic dogs on lei poi. They are great.

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