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  • Schwyy
    Club Member
    • Nov 2019
    • 112
    • Andover, MA

    Chicago Dog

    As a lifelong New Englander, who has only had a Chicago dog twice, I have to ask, how do you eat the sport pepper? do you eat it with the dog, stem and all? do you eat it separately and discard the stem? do you de-stem and reapply to the dog?

    let me know windy city pitmasters!!!

  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 1062
    • Muskego, WI
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    As I am right down the road, I have had maybe 1,000 or more Chicago dogs. Ya think I like them? Bottom line on the peppers: Any way you like. The peps are considered optional. Personally, i eat them on the doggy, as served by the vendor. Yum.
    Last edited by Jfrosty27; July 9, 2020, 08:00 PM.


    • FireMan
      FireMan commented
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      Yup, it’s a piece of what makes it a Chicago dog.

    • Schwyy
      Schwyy commented
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      Ok, so just eat them whole. Got it!

    • bbqLuv
      bbqLuv commented
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      eat the stem for more ruffage.
  • Red Man
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 1167
    • Western Washington

    I’ve had a bunch and don’t remember ever having a stem I had to remove. I just eat them as served, on the hot dog.


    • HouseHomey
      Club Member
      • May 2016
      • 5430
      • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
      • Equipment
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        Slow n Sear (two)
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        Erik S.

      I discard all peppers on any cured meats.


      • texastweeter
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2938
        • Republic of Texas

        Ask for extra, and pop one in your mouth with every bite.


        • ssandy_561
          Charter Member
          • Apr 2015
          • 1311
          • Central OHIO

          In my opinion Chicago has ruined two foods I love.

          Pizza and Hot Dogs

          That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.



          • Schwyy
            Schwyy commented
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            RichieB if i told you the story of why i am cursed as a jets fan, Meathead would ban me for violating terms of service by depressing the entire club. its the worst!

          • Dewesq55
            Dewesq55 commented
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            Schwyy - Imagine my horror when my daughter married a J-E-T-S: Jets, Jets, Jets fan!! Even worse, he's going to raise my granddaughter to be eternally disappointed. Go Big Blue!!

          • bardsleyque
            bardsleyque commented
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            ssandy,have you bumped your head?!
        • Schwyy
          Club Member
          • Nov 2019
          • 112
          • Andover, MA

          Thanks to the Midwesterners for helping this Northeasterner out!


          Not that anybody asked, but....Flat top griddled, saurkraut, and spicy brown mustard!!!


          • Bkhuna
            Bkhuna commented
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            Each one a viable option. I've eaten dogs in many regions (including the PI, but let's not go there right now) and there's something to be said for almost all of them.

          • barelfly
            barelfly commented
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            Better not be any of that canned sauerkraut either!
        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 7838
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          A Chicago Dog is a Chicago Dog. There is no such thing as a “any way ya like it” thing. I once went to a street vendor in Milwaukee. He had his little stand & there was a sign listing his offerings. One of the listed items was a Chicago Dog, so, I ordered one. He looked at me & asked me what I wanted on it? Silence proceeded, a few seconds went by & I repeated, very slowly, “I....would....like.... a....Chicago.....Dog..... in my best Jim Ignatowski impression. The little guy speedily chirped back once again ”what a ya want in it”? I walked away.


          • troymeister
            troymeister commented
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            There is no such thing as a Chicago Hot Dog in Milwaukee. It is fake.

          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            Sammy’s! He’s been doin it fer over 25 years. He imports em from Bear country.
        • Troutman
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 7465
          • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas




            SOUS VIDE


          Well for those of you uniformed dolts, a Chicago Dog, a proper Chicago Dog that is, must contain Vienna all beef dogs. It must also be on a Rosen poppy seed bun. After you drag it through the garden you must eat as much of every ingredient as you can in each bite. That includes the banana pepper, stem ain't gonna hurt ya cuz its pickled too.

          Oh and one last thing, if you every, I mean EVER, put ketchup on a Chicago Dog you will be charged with a felony and suitably strung up.

          All of this from a Texan who grew up on the Southside of Chitown whose uncle was an executive at Vienna and who has consumed copious amounts of the best packaged meal on earth; a Chicago Dog and greasy fries wrapped in newspaper !!


          • barelfly
            barelfly commented
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            732am and this topic drew me in....the photo has me wanting a Chicago dawg for breakfast!

          • Jared49
            Jared49 commented
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            Yup, yup, yup!!

          • bbqLuv
            bbqLuv commented
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            Ketchup, Mother's Raw, Heinz, Banana Ketchup, Woodstock foods, Del Monte, Portland Organic and the list goes on, and on, and on.
            Ketchup goes with everything.
            All tomato based BBQ sauce is actually based off of . . . you guessed it Ketchup.
            And by the way if you dry, bleach and grind tomatoes into a powder then add vinegar and yellow food coloring you just produced Mustard.
        • Arsenlael
          Club Member
          • Oct 2015
          • 110
          • Rio Rancho NM

          As one of the uninformed dolts, I have to ask if the pickle is a necessary component of the Chicago Dog...?


          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            Yes, you are an uninformed dolt. A Chicago Dog is a Chicago Dog. Ya don’t take away anything or add anything, especially, as the Trout Dude says, cat soup!

          • Arsenlael
            Arsenlael commented
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            I'm saying that straight-up looks like a rogue pickle. It looks like it doesn't belong. An interloper, I say!
        • Potkettleblack
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 1979
          • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
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          As a newbie to Chicago (only 12 years here), the idea that you must have the whole dog dragged through the garden is an outdated myth. You can have it with as much or as little of the full garden as you like. The only rule is no ketchup, you heathens.

          The full Chicago dog is mostly sold to tourists now. The relish is still neon green, the sport peppers are still pickled, you can still get the full magilluh, but you don't have to have anything you don't want on it.

          You can't serve it on one of those top split buns you guys like back east. I think it's a better way to go, but hard to find locally.


          • barelfly
            barelfly commented
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            Who puts ketchup on anything but French fries, anyways???
        • troymeister
          Charter Member
          • Aug 2014
          • 1487
          • Forest Park Il
          • Weber 26

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            Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe
            I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

            One cannot have too many grills.

          As a life long Chicagoan, I study Hot dogs, Pizza and Italian Beefs. My family has had and still has generations of almost heated arguments over who has a better beef, hot dog etc...My whole family has been a regular customer of a particular pizza place for over 50 years.

          The sport peppers are kind of a strange condiment. A whole one can be overpowering and it can be difficult to get the right size bite while eating the hot dog. What I do is remove them, get a perfect mouthful of hot dog, bun, relish etc...then bite off about 1/3 of the pepper. Chew it all together and you get all the flavors. So that's 3 bites. For the second pepper, (there is usually 2), I just eat the pepper whole maybe with a french fry and eat the rest of the dog with out any sport peppers. You can also squeeze the juice and the seeds from the sport pepper on the fries. That's good too.

          I think this is the over all best Hot Dog stand in Chicago. Jimmy's on Grand and Pulaski.

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          • Arsenlael
            Arsenlael commented
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            SEE!!! NO PICKLE!!!

          • troymeister
            troymeister commented
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            @Arsenial Gene and Judes(one of the Chicago area's oldest Hot Dog joints) doesn't serve with a pickle either.

            Regarding Pickles, The theory is: Back in the day...The Hot Dog stands that had Italian influence did not serve with pickles. The Hot dog stands with Jewish influence did....Keep in mind the Jewish and Italian influence often overlapped....So go figure...lol

            I'm thinking most people eat the pickle separately anyway.

          • Troutman
            Troutman commented
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            See how crazy this is, depending on the neighborhood even Chicagoans don’t agree on what to put on a dog. Where’s the neon relish? I gotta have mine all the way, drug thru the garden or it ain’t my true version.
        • Schwyy
          Club Member
          • Nov 2019
          • 112
          • Andover, MA

          Troutman with all the information on this post, i think it's safe to say i have graduated to INFORMED DOLT!!!!!!


          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            Yes, crazy is informed! Aren’t you glad ya started this. You are now a better person for it. 🕶
        • barelfly
          Club Member
          • Dec 2017
          • 1333
          • New Mexico
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            Bullet by Bull Grills gasser
            Anova WiFi sous vide machine
            Thermoworks Thermapen and Chef Alarm

          Fun read....from a guy in the southwest that has only made a version of Chicago Dogs.


          • Huskee
            • May 2014
            • 15308
            • central MI, USA
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            I'm an uninformed dolt. Never had a Chicago dog, would try it but I won't go out of my way. But I made a killer chili cheese dog the other night if anyone cares:

            bottom of warmed up bun - chili w/ onions
            then Koegel skinless vienna, plumped up on the pellet grill just right
            queso cheese on top of dog (my son's idea, and way better in this application than shredded cheese)
            more chili
            crumbled up nacho cheese doritos
            diced onions

            The kids raved. They were outstanding, like something you'd order out and be happy paying for.


            • barelfly
              barelfly commented
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              I could see my 15yo son putting away 3 or 4 of those in a sitting. Right up is alley with the nacho cheese Doritos crumbled on top!

              I know you don’t list mustard, but I’ve always wondered how many others add yellow mustard to their chili dawgs? I wondered if i was a little out there on that, but a few here do, from another post recently.

            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Mustard is usually a requirement for my chili cheese dogs barelfly but I skipped it this time and wasn't disappointed.

            • Dewesq55
              Dewesq55 commented
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              I always put mustard on a hot dog UNLESS it's a chili cheese dog. For the cheese, I actually like Cheez Whiz heated up in the microwave and poured on top. Yum!



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