Unspoken Rules of the Chicago Dog and 5 Best Places to Get One in Illinois
The top dawg is the Chicago-style hot dog when it comes to hot dogs. Nothing else compares. First, you need to know the rules of construction.
We're talking about a legendary food here, you can't just run at it without some sense of what should and shouldn't be going on.
If your goal is to create authentic Chicago-style dogs at home and in your backyard this summer, you need to get familiar with the right way to go about it.
Rules for Making an Authentic Chicago-style Hot Dog
Rule #1 - Choosing the proper Weiner
The most popular weiner is Vienna's All-Beef hot dog, but you can use any brand you like as long as it is all beef.
Thanks to spoonuniversity.com, I learned that the first Vienna Beef hot dog was served in Chicago in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition. That's the same event where Chicago's Palmer House Hotel debuted their world-famous brownies (the perfect companion to your hot dog and easy to make at home. Here's the recipe).
Rule #2 - Check Your Buns
Don't bring home seedless buns, an authentic Chicago-style hot dog uses a poppy seed bun
Rule #3 - All About the Toppings
The last three rules all have to deal with the toppings that you should put on an authentic Chicago-style hot dog. Clearly, the rules are essential, or there wouldn't be three of them.
There's an order in which these toppings are placed, but I feel it's more of an aesthetic and doesn't really change the flavor profile at all. Here's the order:
For the purists, from spoonuniversity.com,
The trick is to swirl the mustard in a zig zag motion along the length of the hot dog, leaving half inch gaps between each zig and zag.
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Rule #4 - The Never-ever-ever Rule
Sometimes what makes something amazing is what it doesn't have as opposed to what it does. No Ketchup Ever!
Rule #5 - My Favorite Chicago-style Hot Dog Rule
The way I feel about this last rule, I'd say the same thing about my wife that I bet you'd say about your 'person'. My wife makes everything better. This last ingredient, just like The Dude's rug, ties the whole thing together.
Sprinkle that celery salt over the entire hot dog.
There it is.
Your Guide to Building an Authentic Chicago-style Hot Dog
When it's time to hit up a joint to just enjoy eating one and not doing all the work, you need to check out these places. WOW!