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  • Cheef
    Club Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 439

    I Lack Refinement or am I a Hot Dog Hill Billy?

    Just did my first batch of Snake River Farms Hot Dogs.
    I must say I am kind of surprised by them as I am not really taking to them much.
    They are good enough don't get me wrong but to my taste definitely a step or two behind Nathans or Boars Head.
    I'm a hot dog freak and this kind of surprises me?
  • Steve B
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 2535
    • Rockland county New York
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
      Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

      22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

      Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

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      TSM meat grinder
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      cuisinhart food processor
      food saver vacuum sealer
      TSM harvest food dehydrator

    #2
    Just a different take on the dog. They’re not all made the same.
    I’ve had several different types from several different purveyors some I really liked and some just ah.
    Still love my natural casing Sabretts.

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    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 6585
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #3
      Yup! 🕶 Yer a Billy from the hills.

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      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Reckon that'd make me an Cheef Neighbours, then lol!
    • mountainsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1419
      • Bryson City, NC

      #4
      Don't ever buy any thing from SRF's. It is over priced and you can get better from your local butcher or from other purveyors.

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      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 10697
        • Near Richmond VA
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        #5
        Like most things, it comes down to individual taste. I like the taste of Hebrew National the best, but wish they had the pop of natural casings...

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        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Very true, my wife loves Costco hot dogs meanwhile I can't stand them.
          Going green just thinking about them.
          In this neck of the woods it Schnieders All Beef Juicy Jumbos.
          Tried other brands but keep on going back.

        • Cheef
          Cheef commented
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          smoking fool I believe you nailed it with the Costco hot dogs. I am not a fan of them either and the SNR dogs have the same taste profile to me.

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Its partially the boiled thing, a hot dog has to be grilled to be a hot dog, no ifs ands or buts.
          And the amount of garlic in these dogs really turns me off.
      • Greygoose
        Club Member
        • May 2019
        • 281
        • South Shore,MA

        #6
        Believe it or not,,,hot dogs are like finding a fine wine,,,
        My fave is Kayem’s natural casing franks
        pork and beef
        they have what I like,,,,keeps me forever young

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        • Mosca
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 2738
          • PA
          • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

          #7
          Mrs Mosca and I didn’t like them all that much, either.

          I’m telling you, the best damn hot dogs you’ll ever eat come from Alpine Wurst and Meat House in Honesdale, PA. We can get them in the supermarket here, but they are worth ordering on line. Once you try them, you will never eat any other. You will crave them in your sleep. You will think about them all day, until dinner time. You will eat hot dogs every day of the week, dressing them differently every day, because you want to and this is America.

          https://thealpineonline.com/products/beef-hot-dogs


          All the other wursts are also awesome. Just sayin’. And, they are a manufacturer, not a distributor, not selling a product made by a boutique packer.

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          • Mosca
            Mosca commented
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            They are $6 in store, but if I couldn’t get them I would pay the on line price anyhow.

          • Randy-Phx
            Randy-Phx commented
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            $20 of hot dogs cost $40 to ship. Too steep for me for hot dogs.

          • Bkhuna
            Bkhuna commented
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            They put a bottle of Ketchup on their page next to their hot dogs. Yikes. How could I possible order their dogs. 🤮
        • ssandy_561
          Charter Member
          • Apr 2015
          • 943
          • Central OHIO

          #8
          I love Walnut Creek natural casing pork and beef hotdogs. Made 40 minutes from where I live. They have the perfect “SNAP” when you bite into them.

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          • klflowers
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 2082
            • Tennessee

            #9
            I just got a big pack of Dearborn all beef dogs from a meat market in Detroit. They are excellent.

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            • Huskee
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              • May 2014
              • 13746
              • central MI, USA
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              #10
              I'm a fan of Oscar Mayer premiums, on sale them babies is cheap! I appreciate your review, sorta confirms what I had suspected.

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              • Bkhuna
                Club Member
                • Apr 2019
                • 314
                • Merritt Island Florida

                #11
                Vienna Beef natural casing franks are my favorite when I can find them. Otherwise it's Hebrew National bun lengths, or Nathan's natural casing beef franks.

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                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
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                  Vienna, Chitown’s best. Proper snap in the casing, delicious. If you want a proper Chicago dog, it has to be a Vienna !!!
              • FishTalesNC
                Club Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 937
                • Durham, NC

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                #12
                I’m with you on both Nathan’s and Boars Head. But I’m surprised there’s not even a mention (yet?) of Klements?? Once in a while I pick those up at The Fresh Market, kind of a treat.

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                • Troutman
                  Club Member
                  • Aug 2017
                  • 6279
                  • Republic of Texallence

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