A lot of my personal and professional life centers around specialty food. But can I tell you a secret? Hot dogs have always been one of my favorite things to eat. Even the cheapest hot dog at the store, when thrown on the grill and served with a bit of ketchup and mustard, is sublime and satisfying, especially during the summer. Gimme a bun or don't, it doesn't matter. After stocking up for a taste test, sticking mostly with beef hot dogs but including a few pork options and one turkey, I tried a bite of each plain from a grill pan on my stove, then added my usual ketchup-mustard combo to see how flavors and textures held up. Here's how they shook out, ranked from worst to best — with most seeing a significant jump in price from May 2021, like lots of other grocery store purchases.
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