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National Hot Dog Month

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, July is National Hot Dog Month.

Hot dogs are one of the most popular and versatile foods that can be eaten for lunch, snacks, or for dinner. They are easy to prepare and are loved by children and adults alike.

It is estimated that billions of hot dogs are eaten each year. More hot dogs are eaten during the 4th of July weekend than at any other time of the year.

Ingredients that can be found in hot dogs include beef, chicken, pork, soy products, sodium phosphate, water, salt, milk, corn starch, paprika, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and other spices. Hot dogs are also a good source of vitamins and protein.

They are a favorite food at back yard barbecues, parks, beaches, airports, fast food restaurants, and professional sporting events, especially baseball games.

Hot dogs can be prepared in different ways. They can be eaten cold, hot, boiled, broiled, baked, barbecued, steamed, and cooked with other meats and vegetables. They are served on buns and other types of breads, and garnished with onions, cheese, beans, chili, sauerkraut, coleslaw, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, or relish.

They can be served as beans and franks, chili dogs, cheese dogs, sauerkraut dogs, veggie dogs, turkey hot dogs, corn dogs and many other ways. They can also be served as appetizers and as well as a main course.

Hot dogs have been eaten and enjoyed for hundreds of years and can be found all over the world. The first hot dogs, before the name hot dog became the name they are known by today, were known as wieners, franks, frankfurters, dachshund sausages, little dog sausages, and other names.

The exact time and place that hot dogs were first introduced to the world is still a point of debate but historians say that hot dogs can be traced back to the 1400's. It is widely believed that the place of origin was Germany but other countries have claimed hot dogs originated within their borders first.

The term "hot dog" is also an issue of debate but most people credit sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan who was at a baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York in 1901 where vendors were selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls. Dorgan heard the vendors hawking their wares by yelling out, "Get your dachshund sausages while they're red hot!" When Dorgan wrote about what he heard, supposedly, since Dorgan couldn't spell dachshund, he wrote "hot dog" and the rest is history.

Others note that the word "hot dog" began appearing in college magazines during the 1890's. This was during a time when vendors sold dachshund sausages from "dog wagons" around college dorms. Students began calling the sausages "hot dogs" and the name was picked up by magazines and newspapers.

National Hot Dog Month highlights the popularity of hot dogs around the world. National Hot Dog Day is also celebrated but on different days of the month depending on who is doing the celebrating.

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