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Pace Your Hot Dog Eating And Remember The Buns

Knox Hot Dog Steamer with 2 Bun Warmers

There comes a time in every hot dog’s existence that it comes time to be eaten. Some enjoy a long, extended life, perpetually spinning on some Kwik-E-Mart hot dog rack. Others succumb to a fate where existence ends in a blink of an eye. Or, more specifically, the blink of hot dog eating contest champion Joey Chestnut’s eyes. Last year, the man ate 61 hot dogs and he holds the record for eating 69 hot dogs. He has won eight years in a row. That’s a lot of hot dogs!

It’s probably not a good idea to try to keep pace this Fourth of July — and I doubt many of you have 70 hot dogs for each person hanging out in the fridge — but there is a benefit (actually many) to eating hot dogs the good old fashioned way: hot dog buns!

Th Knox Hot Dog Steamer with 2 Bun Warmers is a home hot dog maker that also warms hot dog buns. The funny-looking kitchen gadget cooks a batch of six hot dogs in about eight minutes. That’s not fast enough to keep up with our nation’s hot dog champs, but consider that a good thing!

***Update***
What?! They eat the buns too in these contests? Insanity. Please ignore the above and instead pretend there is a joke about cooking six hot dogs for only two buns.

July 1, 2015   No Comments

Kitchen Upgrade: Steam-O-Matic Hot Dog Steamer

Smart Planet HDS1 Steam-O-Matic Red Hot Dog Steamer

Do you have a kitchen? Does it have drawers in it? Of course it does. Do those drawers have hot dogs in them? Probably not. But they could.

The Smart Planet HDS1 Steam-O-Matic Red Hot Dog Steamer upgrades the contents of kitchen drawers from boring old utensils to exciting and delicious steamed hot dogs. The appliance lives on the kitchen counter and requires only a twist of the on/off dial to operate. Fill with water, wieners and buns and within five minutes you could be chowing down on a delicious hot dog.

Who ever said kitchen remodeling had to be a lengthy process? Five minutes is more like it!

March 17, 2015   No Comments

Oh, It’s A Gas Station Hog Dog

Ketchup on a hot dog.

Somewhere in Arizona, there is a right field fence with a billboard advertising hot dogs. Normal enough, right? Hot dogs and baseball go quite well together. But this is a hot dog with ketchup on it. Now, baseball’s spring training is all about setting rosters and getting ready for the regular season, but I sure hope that hot dog doesn’t make the team.

If you’re watching spring training games on MLB Network, you’ll see it; talk about standing out like a sore thumb. A big ol’ hot dog with ketchup splashed on it. Eww. It’s as wrong as Barry Bonds.

The stadium billboard in right field advertises a brand I am unfamiliar with. QT, it said. Cryptic sounding. A QT hot dog. Was it real? Just what kind of hot dog purveyor would allow an advertisement of their product to have ketchup on it? Or catsup. Either way, hot dog aficionados would run the other way.

Further research was clearly necessary.

Oh, QT is QuickTrip. They are a gas station. That explains it. Perhaps it is more of a warning than an ad.

To be fair, QT supplies a toppings bar, so if you make your hot dog look like the one in their promos, you only have yourself to blame. But really, those guys need a new ad agency.

PS: Yes, I know some of you like ketchup on a hot dog. Sorry.
PPS: Not really. 😉

March 24, 2014   No Comments

Steemee Wonder Hot Dog Cookware

NO CHEAP RED PLASTIC! 100% Stainless Steel FAST & Tasty! Steam up to 12 Perfect BallPark Hotdogs in 6 Minutes!

Hot dogs are famous for having the capability to be perfectly customized to suit individual tastes. Just think of all the add-ons they have: mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, pickles, mayo, peppers, bacon, chili, more bacon, cheese, catsup, hot sauce, tomato, onion, relish… the list of hot dog toppings goes on and on. However, there is one aspect of the tubular treat that is often overlooked: the bun.

The Steemee Wonder, the multicooker with a lyrical name, is a quick and easy hot dog making contraption. Unlike other hot dog gadgets, this one has no bells and whistles, no fancy colors and works just like regular cookware. In the world of hot dogs, this would be the plain, no topping version. And that’s okay. Even if it is “As Seen On TV.”

The Steemee Wonder -- As Seen On TV

Despite the marketing, this seems pretty legit. Just look at that product title from Amazon:

NO CHEAP RED PLASTIC! 100% Stainless Steel FAST & Tasty! Steam up to 12 Perfect BallPark Hotdogs in 6 Minutes! “When You Gotta Have a Hot Dog Fast!………………….. “You Gotta Have a Steemee Wonder!” The Amazing Multi Cooker Steemee Wonder(tm) 100% Stainless Steel! BallPark Hot Dog Steamer That Can’t Be Topped! Totally Portable(Includes Carrying Bag)! Great for Home SuperBowl Parties/Tailgating! As Seen on TV!……ORDER NOW!

That’s a lot of words! The takeaway though is that it is basically a cooking pot with two steaming inserts and a lid. Boil the hot dogs, steam the buns, and you’re good to go. It’s hard to tell the quality of the stainless steel, but the concept is there.

Yes, you can achieve almost the same result by using a steamer insert with a properly sized cooking pot, but if you do not have said pot and insert, then this might be a solution. It’s a bit pricey of a solution (watch out for that shipping cost), but it is an all-in-one hot dog cooking solution nonetheless. Regardless, after having too many delicious hot dogs with perfectly steamed buns, you can steam up a nice pot of healthy veggies!

January 16, 2014   1 Comment

Cinderella For Pat’s Chili Dogs

Cinderella 1983 commercial for Pat’s Chili Dogs in Philly. Thank you, internet.

When you’re hungry, we’re ready!

July 15, 2013   No Comments

Happy Fourth Of July!

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter # 109 Joey Chestnut (Hot Dog Eating Champion) MLB Baseball Card

What better way to celebrate America than with a 2008 Topps Allen and Ginter # 109 Joey Chestnut (Hot Dog Eating Champion) MLB Baseball Card? Keep it in your wallet so you remember how many hot dogs you’ll have to eat to break the record!

Hint (from Wikipedia):

In the 2012 contest, Chestnut won his sixth consecutive title by consuming a record-tying 68 hot dogs and buns (HDBs) in ten minutes.

Yikes. Hmm, maybe you’re better off not trying to pretend like your backyard BBQ is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. In fact, I’m sure you are!

July 4, 2013   No Comments



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