Getty ImagesAdmit it: One of the best things about going to any sporting event or barbecue is having an excuse to eat a mouthwatering hot dog. Is it the event that makes the frank or the frank that makes the event? We believe in the power of a good weenie, and which brand of dog really does make the difference.
The ideal frank should be juicy, not mushy. It needs to be firm and have some snap when bitten into. It should have a robust flavor with a good balance of smoke and spice. Most importantly, it should be able to stand on its own, with or without condiments and buns.
To pin down this perfect dog, we tasted 13 varieties available nationwide, including the following, listed from highest to lowest score: Nathan's Skinless Beef Franks, Thumann's, Oscar Mayer, Boar's Head, Ball Park, Hatfield Quality Meats, 365, Hebrew National, Applegate Farms, Dietz & Watson, Bilinski's, Nature's Rancher, andRead More »from Taste Test: All-Beef Hot Dogs