Toppings for hot dogs: it’s a game time decision.

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O’Brien must have forgotten all the recipes I gave him.

Name: Vince Wilfork
Email: bigvin@gmail.com

Coach: Is mustard or ketchup the proper condiment for a hot dog?

From In Bill You Trust:

That’s a really good question, but I think it would entail probably a pretty lengthy answer. There are so many things that go into the preparation and consumption of a decent hot dog. First you’ve got the geographical aspect: are you in the United States or in some foreign country where you might be better off ordering a soup or a stew or something? And if you’re in the states, is it Detroit, with the chili and the cheese, or is it Atlanta with the crunchy slaw? In Dallas they fry the dogs in some kind of corn batter and lose the bun: you’ve got to be prepared for all of that.  In Arrowhead Stadium the dogs come with a bunch of sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Ketchup and mustard won’t help you in that situation. Chicago? They toss a whole salad on there. One time on a scouting trip with Rick Forzano we stopped in Milwaukee for lunch and the hot dogs came on a hard roll with butter and some sweet pickles. Never seen one again, but I’ve been practicing for it ever since.  I try to run through the options once a week, once every other week, somewhere in that vicinity. What are the dogs like down there in Houston? That was a trick question, I already know.

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