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The Best Hot Dogs

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Both my dad and husband love hot dogs. When I ask them to request a meal for their birthdays or Father’s Day, it’s a given at least one of them will ask for hot dogs.

But as many of us know, conventional processed meats can be a little scary. So when heeding the requests of my favorite fathers, I’m careful to choose hot dogs that most closely resemble real food.  I look for brands I really trust and ingredients I can understand.

Applegate makes my favorite hot dog – The Great Organic Hot Dog – but a few other brands offer tasty & sustainably-produced options too. Below is a list of the best hot dogs for summer. By “the best,” I mean the most natural, humanely-farmed hot dogs that still taste just like you want them to…namely, delicious!


Organic Prairie

Fork in the Road

Nature’s Rancher

Heritage Foods – any sausage or kielbasa they offer


Leave a comment below with your favorite summer BBQ food and be entered to win a package of Applegate’s organic hot dogs (you can choose beef, chicken, or turkey) shipped straight to your door!  Winner will be chosen on Thursday, June 20th.
Good luck!

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No compensation was received for this post, but Applegate will generously be providing hot dogs to the giveaway winner.

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  • Erica M.
    June 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Yum! My husband and I also love to grill hot dogs in the summer. These look delicious. Thanks for sharing some great organic favorites!

  • Ali Warner
    June 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Grilled veggies, preferably asparagus! Great hot or at room temp.

  • Kylie K.
    June 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I’d love to win! MY Son loves Applegates hotdogs!

  • perla x
    June 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Luke has just discovered hot dogs & he’s in love. Might be a toss up between hot dogs & bacon now.

  • Jeanne @JollyTomato
    June 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    LOVE grilled corn on the cob – one of my favorite treats of summer. But I think all of the rest of the folks in my family would say hot dogs – LOL.

  • Amelia
    June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Haha – me too!

  • Kelly
    June 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love kebabs with chicken and lots of veggies. Grilled corn on the cob is pretty amazing too! Thanks!

  • Emily
    June 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I love brats, but every one in a while I just need a good hot dog!

  • Julie
    June 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Barbeque chicken!

  • Sara March
    June 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Fresh corn salad
    ¾ cup sour cream
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    ¾ t seasoned salt
    3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears)
    1 cup finely chopped red pepper
    1 cup finely chopped green onions

    Combine first 3 ingredients stirring with a whisk. Add corn and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Can be served as a salad or s dip with tortilla chips.

  • Sara March
    June 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Homemade Kimchi

  • Cori
    June 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    My husband has mastered grilled corn on the cob. I love it. Thanks for the list of good hotdogs. I’ll put Applegate dogs on my grocery list.

  • Donna
    June 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hot dogs with chili are my favorite!

  • foodandcrafts
    June 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm


  • Amelia
    June 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Sounds fabulous, Sara – and such a good idea!

  • Jennifer
    June 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m a big burger fan, preferably with cheese and some heirloom tomatoes.

  • Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh)
    June 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love grilled veggie kabobs, grilled pineapple, and grilled chicken sausage at a summer BBQ. I would definitely love to try the turkey or chicken hot dogs from Applegate, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amelia Winslow
    June 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    i still love me a costco hotdog. i just don’t want to know what’s in them. with my applegate turkey hot dog, i’d like a fruit salad. you know, to balance out the “healthy-ness.”

  • Becky P.
    June 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I love bbq’d baby back ribs, but hot dogs are a close second!

  • Amelia
    June 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    A burger with heirloom tomatoes sounds AMAZING.

  • leslie
    June 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love salmon on the grill. The kids love applegate hotdogs. Thanks!

  • Linda
    June 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hot dogs are my favorite!

  • Brad K.
    June 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I love grilling hot dogs!

  • Jessica M
    June 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    we love grilling hotdogs

  • Noelle
    June 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Turkey burgers are probably my favorite bbq food. Just tried the Applegate Farms uncured chicken hot dogs for the first time yesterday. Loved ’em! Our daughter has food allergies and we love that, in addition to being a healthier choice, almost all of the AF products are safe for our family.

  • Niki
    June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Gosh such a tough decision!! I would say BBQ turkey probably. Clean of course 🙂

  • Amelia
    June 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

    That is definitely a big benefit of Applegate – simple, straightforward ingredients and few common allergens!

  • Jennifer Franklin
    June 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Grilled peaches and pound cake, always a big surprise, no expects dessert from the grill.

  • Emily
    June 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’ve never tried these, but they look amazing!

  • L Helt
    June 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love grilled hot dogs and grilled corn on the cob, and toasted buns! YUM!

  • Amelia
    June 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Wow – love this idea!!

  • Denise solan
    June 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Agree its our favorite too. Sophia our 4yr old would eat a hotdog every day at every meal if i let her!

  • Todd MacIsaac
    November 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying your hot dogs!!!

  • Terria Hughes
    April 9, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I love hot dogs. After eating some last night I got a horrible migraine. In researching this I came across Applegate hotdogs!! I hope they sell them in my area because I love a good hotdog!!!

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