National Hot Dog month, and 10 MLB teams have rolled out special creations to celebrate. These aren't just any ol' hot dogs, though, they're outrageous dishes that go well beyond what you can add at the condiment station on the stadium concourse.
These hot dogs were created with the help of chefs from
Delaware North, a hospitality management company. You'll notice upgrades such as pulled pork and chips and special slaws on the hot dogs, even bacon. There's an emphasis on local ingredients, which is to be applauded. In the photos below, each hot dog is also paired with a local beer and wine.
For those of you who live close to these cities, you know what to try next time you're at the ballpark. For those of you who don't live nearby, you'll either have to stare at the computer and drool or try to duplicate them at home.
— Mike Oz, Big League Stew Chicago White Sox / US Cellular Field: HE GONE DOG: Named for announcer Ken Hawk Harrelson's "He Gone" tagline. It's an all-beef premium hot dog from Vienna Beef (local) topped with a sriracha slaw. Paired here with Daisy Cutter Pale Ale brewed by Half Acre brewery in Chicago and Rex-Goliath Red Moscato wine. Baltimore Orioles / Oriole Park at Camden Yards TRIPLE CROWN: Esskay hot dog topped with pulled BBQ pork and bacon on a stick. Paired here with Rick's Red Ale from Dempsey's restaurant and Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2011. Cincinnati Reds / Great American Ballpark 513 DOG: Hot dog, country ham, grilled on a crusty baguette and topped with Mr. Red’s Pulled Pork, shredded cabbage, pickled red onions and mustard seed mustard. Paired here with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and The Whip, a white wine blend. Cleveland Indians / Progressive Field THE BIG C DAWG: Sugardale all-meat, local hot dog topped with Whitey's Chili (local) as well as shredded cheddar cheese and minced Vidalia onions. Served with an "in-house" sweet vinegar cole slaw. Paired here with Great Lakes Brewing Co. “Burning River” handcrafted pale ale and Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon. Detroit Tigers / Comerica Park THE JALAPENO JACKED CONEY DOG: Natural Casing Winter Sausage topped with National brand Coney Chili sauce, shredded jalapeno pepper jack cheese, sliced jalapenos, yellow mustard and diced white onion, in a Brown Bakery hot dog roll. Paired here with Oberon house signature ale brewed in Kalamazoo and Black Star Farms Michigan red table wine. Milwaukee Brewers / Miller Park THE BEAST: Wisconsin Brat stuffed with a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with crisp kraut, caramelized onions and served on a pretzel bun. Paired here with Leinie Summer Shandy and Penfolds Thomas Hyland cabernet sauvignon. Minnesota Twins / Target Field SUPER TWINS DOG: Foot-long hot dog, French bread cut length-wise topped with chili, nacho cheese, pico de gallo and jalapeno slices. Paired here with Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Columbia Creek Two Vines sauvignon blanc. San Diego Padres / Petco Park THE ORIGINAL BAJA DOG: Jalapeno-beef hot dog, cabbage slaw, chipotle ketchup, cotija cheese. Paired here with Ballast Point IPA and Kungfu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith Wines. St. Louis Cardinals / Busch Stadium ST. LOUIS NACHO CRUNCH DOG: All-beef hot dog, house-smoked pulled pork topped with BBQ sauce, Nacho cheese, jalapenos and tri color tortilla strip in a special bun sourced from local bakery. Paired here with Bud Light Lime-A-Rita and Rex Goliath Cabernet. Texas Rangers / Rangers Ballpark in Arlington TEXAS TACO DOG: A Nolan Ryan all-beef hot dog inside a crispy taco shell, topped with taco meat, shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream and jalapeños, served in a toasted sausage roll. Paired here with Rahr's Blonde Ale and Vineyards of Florence's Home Run Red wine.