Red Hots and White Snappies

A few weeks ago Michelle and I were standing in the deli line at Wegmans. I was perusing the exotic meats, the ones that are stuffed at the far end of any deli.

Among the sausages and cured meats I saw fresh hot dogs. Fresh hot dogs? I’d never had a fresh hot dog before.

We bought two each of the Red Hots (more normal-type dogs) and White Snappies (pork and veal mixture).

The White Snappy, in the back, had quite a distinctive but not unpleasant taste. The Red Hot was the real winner.

The White Snappy, in the back, had quite a distinctive but not unpleasant taste. The Red Hot was the real winner.

We’ve had plenty of hot dogs in our day and in many different ways, too. Grilled on a camp fire, grilled on a grill (charcoal and gas), boiled, broiled, microwaved, done in the George Foreman and even pan fried.

I have always been partial to the charcoal grill method. But something about hot dogs always just tastes like hot dogs. Processed, packaged bullshit.

These were a little different, while still hot dogs, they tasted like meat. When we grilled them they had a nice crispy casing on them.

Getting that nice crispy outside. These would be great to impress Independence Day BBQ guests with.

Getting that nice crispy outside. These would be great to impress Independence Day BBQ guests with.

Now grilling wieners isn’t rocket science. I slightly charred these, but the secret is to not have the grill TOO hot, maybe like on medium heat, and keep rotating them. Six to eight minutes a dog should do you plenty.

So how did they taste? Well the Red Hots were like the ultimate hot dog. Full of meaty flavor. Waay better than anything I have ever eaten. You know, hot dog-wise.

The White Snappies were a little weird. The taste sort of bit at the tongue and is pretty indescribable. They DID NOT taste like chicken.

As for eating them, dress them up anyway you like it. We wanted Sauer Kraut on our dogs, but unfortunately, we didn’t have any. We made do with onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard.

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