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14 Varieties of Hot Dog You Must Try

hot dog varieties 14 Varieties of Hot Dog You Must TryHot dogs are a growing trend in the food industry despite being a ballpark classic. Some think this trend is due to nostalgia felt when consuming this comfort food that reminds people of happy times at a baseball game or grill out. Not only are they a classic favorite, there are so many ways to serve them. The variability allows for unique combinations across drive-thrus and quick-service restaurants. Check out these 14 varieties of hot dogs found on menus across the U.S. found in the article from QRS.

  1. Chicago dog – an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped onions, pickle spears, sport peppers, tomato slices, and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
  2. Southwest Sonoran dog – a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pinto beans, grilled onions and green peppers, and tomatillo jalapeño salsa.
  3. Cincinnati Coney – a pork and beef hot dog topped with cinnamon and chocolate-tinged chili and Cheddar cheese.
  4. Junkyard Dog – a hot dog topped with chili, cheese, mustard, grilled onions, and french fries. This can be found at Wienerschnitzel’s.
  5. Blazin’ Dog – a hot dog with green jalapeño slices, a red jalapeño, and garlic hot sauce. This can be found at Wienerschnitzel’s.
  6. Pastrami Dog – a hot dog topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle, and a Bratwurst for Oktoberfest. This can be found at Irvine’s.
  7. Nathan’s Most Popular Hot Dog –  a hot dog topped with sauerkraut or sautéed onions, along with ketchup, mustard, and relish.
  8. Traditional New York Empire Dog – a hot dog served with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  9. Homestyle Mac & Cheese Dog – a hot dog topped with macaroni & cheese and toasted Italian bread crumbs. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  10. Big Irish Corned Beef Dog – their New York Empire Dog with corned beef. This can be found at Nathan’s.
  11. All-American Dog - a hot dog with ketchup, mustard, relish, and onion. This can be found at Sonic.
  12. Sooo Cali – a hot dog served with arugula, basil aioli, crisp onions, avocado, and tomatoes. This can be found at Dog Haus.
  13. Das Brat - the hot dog’s cousin, a bratwurst, with mustard aioli, sauerkraut, White American cheese, and caramelized onions. This can be found at Dog Haus.
  14. Another Night in Bangkok - a hot dog topped with a spicy Thai currywurst, Thai peanut sauce, Asian slaw, and crushed peanuts. This can be found at Dog Haus.

What toppings do you prefer on your hot dog? The possibilities are endless. Looking to add probiotics? Try adding flavored kraut like Saverne or a fresh, crisp sauerkraut like Krrrisp Kraut.  

Original article: Posted by QRS Magazine July 2016 by Barney Wolf.

New Chefs Put a Twist on Classic German Food Like Sauerkraut

As new chefs emerge into the food industry, their fresh ideas create twists on traditional meals. The fermented cabbage dish, sauerkraut, is a classic German dish that some chefs are using for new creative meals. Pizza is not just pepperoni, sauce, and cheese. Burgers aren’t just topped with ketchup, mustard, and pickles anymore. Flavor profiles are expanding to create food hybrids with healthy ingredients like sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut in tacos? Pizza topped with sauerkraut? Such combinations have been dreamed into reality with foodie chefs across the country.

Creative sauerkraut entrees include:

  • Octoberfest Burger – a pork schnitzel on a pretzel bun with beer cheese sauce, sauerkraut, bacon, and mustard.
  • Reuben Pizza – a pizza topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese, and cole slaw.
  • Pastrami Tacos – tacos using blue tortillas filled with sauerkraut, pastrami, and pickled peppers.
  • Schweinehaus Signature Burger – beef patty with sauerkraut, bacon, cheddar cheese, arugula, and maple mustard.
  • Sauerkraut Kroketten – sausage, cheese, and sauerkraut croquettes served with a mustard sauce.
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These unique items can be found at a variety of restaurants across the U.S. Have you tried any delicious sauerkraut dishes? These are worth a try! If you’re not convinced, read these reasons why you should be eating more sauerkraut.

Original article written by Nancy Kruse published on 6/17/16 on Nation’s Restaurant News.

A New BBQ Joint You Have to Try

Michael Symon, a Food Network celebrity, ABC’s The Chew co-host, and professional chef, has opened a barbecue restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Mabel’s BBQ restaurant is not your typical Texas-style or Kentucky-style. Symon wanted to create a unique flavor profile for this Ohio-based restaurant. He is calling it “Cleveland-Style” barbecue. 

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Photo Credit: Eater

The restaurant is serving up dishes full of Cleveland’s heritage. Instead of your typical mac & cheese on the side, Mabel’s offers items like sauerkraut and spaetzle. Whitney Filloon from Eater writes,

“Meats are seasoned with what Symon refers to as ‘Eastern European’ spices (think celery seed, coriander, and mustard seed) and every plate comes flanked with sauerkraut.” 


When a barbecue spot is serving sauerkraut, you’ll want to make the trip and give it a try. Whether your favorite is brisket or ribs, you will still get a side of our favorite probiotic dish, sauerkraut. Have you had a chance to eat at Mabel’s BBQ yet?

Original article on Eater 6/16/16, written by Whitney Filloon.

3 Sauerkraut Health Benefits You Won’t Believe

To create sauerkraut, cabbage is shredded and fermented. During fermentation, microbial processes create lactic acid and probiotics. While that may seem scientific, sauerkraut is no new discovery. Early records of people making sauerkraut date back over 4,000 years. Talk about a long-standing tradition! Over the years of enjoying sauerkraut, it has been discovered to have incredible health benefits you’d never think you could get from a fermented vegetable in a bag or jar.

Pork Chop 3 Sauerkraut Health Benefits You Wont Believe


  1. Gut health – Sauerkraut is rich in probiotics, which include live bacteria. In this case, it’s good bacteria that can actually stop the growth of bad bacteria in your gut. Consuming probiotics, like the ones found in sauerkraut, can aid in digestion, improve overall gut health, and relieve symptoms of an upset stomach. Overall gut health can also improve your immune system. Sauerkraut health benefit bonus!
  2. Prevents heart disease - High amounts of fiber in sauerkraut can reduce the risk of heart disease. “Fiber essentially bonds together with cholesterol and fat in the body and takes them out of the human body through various avenues,” states Alex Moskov on TABlog. Not only does sauerkraut have fiber, but also vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron. These vitamins together increase energy levels, reduce the risk of developing anemia, and build strong bones.
  3. Anti-cancer elements – Studies show that the compounds in sauerkraut can help prevent cancer due to the number of glucosinates. While eating Reubens for every meal will not cure cancer, the glucosinates are an important factor for good health. 


Believe it – sauerkraut is good for you. These surprising health benefits are worth adding that scoop of sauerkraut to your next dish.

Original article written by Alex Moskov on TABElog 4/30/16.

9 Health Benefits of Sauerkraut

It’s no surprise that sauerkraut is good for you. But do you know specifically why? TABElog recently wrote an article about the variety of ways that sauerkraut benefits your health. 

Chicken Shrimp Sauerkraut Stir Fry 9 Health Benefits of Sauerkraut

This fermented cabbage dish is a favorite sandwich topper, casserole add-in, and grilling must-have. Besides these great food options for enjoying sauerkraut, read about the top nine health benefits of sauerkraut.

  1. Anti-cancer super food – Sauerkraut contains glucosinolates which have resulted in anti-cancer behaviors.
  2. High micro and macro nutrients – Vitamin A, C, K and B as well as iron, manganese, copper, and calcium are all present in sauerkraut.
  3. Energy production – We could all use increased energy, which sauerkraut provides due to the high levels of iron.
  4. Healthy flora gut and digestive health – Probiotics present in sauerkraut lower the toxins in your gut and can reduce digestive symptoms.
  5. Glowing skin – Many health experts recommend eating sauerkraut to get better skin due to Vitamin A.
  6. Ensuring heart health – Sauerkraut is said to reduce cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
  7. Reduction of inflammation - The organic compounds in sauerkraut can act as an anti-inflammatory in joints and muscles.
  8. Immune system enhancement – Help your body increase immunity with the probiotics found in sauerkraut.
  9. Strengthen bones – Sauerkraut’s levels of Vitamin K help with bone density and mineralization.

With those top health reasons, it’s hard to think of a reason to NOT eat sauerkraut. So grab a Reuben sandwich, make sausage and sauerkraut soup, or get inspired with these other sauerkraut recipes to incorporate this super food into your diet.

Original article on TABElog 4/21/16. Written by James Tangota.