Hot Dog Etiquette
Summer is fast approaching and I know everyone is looking forward to lots of weekend barbecues, parking lot tailgates and company picnics. It’s always fun when there is plenty of beer, brats and BBQ sauce.
But it can also be serious; some outdoor cooks are very protective of their secret sauce and grilling technique. To lighten things up, here’s a secret you can share with everyone.
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) has published a guide to hot dog etiquette. According to the American Meat Institute, the NHDSC website “is a fun, practical informational resource to consumers…”
Emily Post would not approve of some of these rules and that’s fine by them. The etiquette guide states that hot dogs have an unpretentious nature to uphold.
Here are some highlights of the rules:
- Condiments go on the dog, not between the dog and the bun
- Utensils are forbidden when eating on a bun
- Don’t use ketchup after age 18
- Don’t send a thank you note after a hot dog barbecue
- Don’t bring wine to a hot dog barbecue
As you can see, they’re pretty specific. They even have a preferred order of condiments:
Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.
Now that you’re an expert on hot dog and sausage etiquette, be on the look out for infractions. Go easy this summer, maybe give out some warnings. But next year, fine those who don’t comply. Perhaps they can pay the fine with potato chips, potato salad, french fries or some other form of picnic potato.
Broken Secrets | Written By: Chad Upton