My husband, a Chicago native, introduced me to ‘Chicago Dogs’ several years ago and I have been hooked ever since. During the summer months, they make a regular appearance on our weeknight dinner menu and have been a huge hit with any East Coast friends that we have served them to.
Vienna Beef Hot Dogs are typically the main component of an authentic Chicago Dog, however they are hard to get here in Westchester so we just use any regular grocery store brand as a substitute. Vienna Beef’s website offers a cool step-by-step guide for how to build a proper Chicago Dog, and this Bon Apetit story breaks down all of the other key ingredients: poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, white onion, relish, tomato, dill pickle, sport peppers (we opt not to include these), and celery salt.
In honor of #NationalHotDogMonth, fire up the grill (we grill instead of boiling) and make a batch of Chicago Dogs. You will not be disappointed. And, on behalf of all Chicagoans, my husband would like to emphasize that “no ketchup is needed!”