To prepare your dog the real Chicago way, I recommend starting with a family favorite (and I come from a family of butchers): the Daisy Brand all-beef hot dog. After you've got your Daisy Brand dogs, grill to level of choice (these dogs are even good just boiled). Place dog inside a poppy seed bun. If Daisy are too hard to come by, Vienna Beef is a solid alternative.
Add these must-have condiments to create Chicago style:
- yellow mustard
- tomato wedges
- chopped onion
- cucumber slices
- relish (yes, you can have cucumbers, pickles and relish together! no overkill here.)
- hot peppers
- celery salt
Things to leave off:
- ketchup (for many Chicagoans, combining ketchup and mustard on a beloved dog is a sacrilege)
Click here to read about the history of the Chicago Hot Dog.
(Image: From the Vienna Beef website)