Sixty percent of Americans say they like their hot dogs grilled, according to new poll data collected by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. The smoke from those grills will almost compare with the smoking that occurred when America’s hot dog makers prepared seven billion hot dogs in anticipation of the demand between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Consumers’ second choice for
cooking hot dogs: boiling, at 21 percent of
consumers, followed by microwaving (eight
percent) pan frying (four percent) and steaming
“Who can resist a
grilled hot dog? Not I,” said Janet Riley,
president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage
Council. “In fact, we greet Memorial Day
like kids greet Christmas. The rising
temperatures, the crack of a baseball and the
smell of charcoal mean hot dog season is
So how will Yanks top their
franks? Have changing demographics impacted
the way we dress our dogs? Not at all.
Mustard remains the “wiener” at 32 percent.
Twenty-three percent of Americans said they
preferred ketchup, though Council etiquette
recommends against consuming ketchup on hot
dogs after the age of 18. Chili came in third
at 17 percent, followed by relish (9 percent)
and onions (7 percent). Southerners showed the
strongest preference for Chili, while
Midwesterners showed the greatest affinity for
ketchup. Nationwide, however, mustard
Data collected by the Council
in March indicated that Americans will consume
27.5 million hot dogs in major league ballparks
this season – enough to stretch from Los
Angeles to Philadelphia. “We’ve got major
competition in ballparks thanks to more diverse
menu offerings, but hot dogs still come out on
top,” according to Riley.
polling was done May 17 to 19, 2005, by Opinion
Dynamics Corporation, which conducted telephone
interviews with 900 consumers.
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Fire in their Bellies: Sixty Percent of Americans Prefer Hot Dogs Grilled, New Hot Dog Council Poll Data ShowsThursday, May 26, 2005
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