It’s hot dog season in North Jersey! Here are a few helpful tips for successful hot dog grilling and a great place to purchase grills in the area!
Americans are expected to eat at least seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. The Council estimates that Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs each year, but more are eaten in the warm weather months when the grills are fired up and hot dogs have that great barbecued taste.
Many Americans will enjoy hot dogs this summer in conjunction with sporting events, because hot dogs are the ultimate hand-held food. In fact, a recent survey by the Council found that major league baseball fans will consume more than 20.5 million hot dogs while enjoying games. That’s enough wieners to stretch from Miami to Denver.
“Throughout the years, the hot dog have been a mainstay of summer barbecues and we anticipate this summer continue that great tradition,” said Council President Janet Riley aka The Queen of Wien. “We at the Council greet Memorial Day weekend like a kid greets Christmas and we are looking forward to another successful hot dog season.”
Tips for Successful Hot Dog Grilling
- Always keep hot dogs cold, either in the refrigerator until ready to grill or in an ice cold cooler while away from home at picnics.
- Hot dogs are pre-cooked but should be cooked at medium heat until steaming hot.
- Always separate hot dogs from other uncooked meats and poultry.
- Sausages, also a summer favorite, can be sold pre-cooked or fresh. Fresh sausages must be cooked thoroughly using a food thermometer to ensure that sausages reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If cooking hot dogs in natural casings, rotate often to prevent split casings, which can cause loss of juiciness and flavor.
- Accent hot dogs generously with your favorite toppings.
- Council etiquette, however, instructs that ketchup is reserved for the under 18 crowd.
- For a full Council hot dog etiquette guide, view this YouTube video:
Whether grilling a few hot dogs or putting together a summertime feast for your family and friends, some foods just taste better when they’re made outdoors. From barbecue grills on carts for maximum flexibility, to grills built into wood, stone, tile or even granite islands, Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, New Jersey knows barbecues. The Reno’s team will explain everything you need to know about Sear-Zones, Rotisseries, Infrared burners, Smoker Burners, Side Burners and more. They also understand that to fully enjoy your outdoor living space, you’ll need more than a barbecue. Reno’s has outdoor refrigeration, outdoor beer dispensers, bartending centers, patio heaters, island access drawers and doors and other accessories to create a comfortable outdoor space for family and friends.
Visit the Outdoor Living Center at Reno’s Appliance, 235 McLean Boulevard, Paterson, New Jersey, to see all the major manufacturers in custom barbecue islands in outdoor vignettes to see what they actually look like in a real world setting. Reno’s Appliance features outdoor cooking grills and appliances from Weber and many other top brands.
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