Hot Dog History

In our last post, we found a basic definition of the hot dog, or Frankfurter, or wiener… Here, we will look at the disputed history of this sausage.

Who, Where & When
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council‘s Hot Dog History article, there are three leading European claims to the invention of the Hot Dog:

  1. Frankfurt claims to be the birthplace of the Frankfurter in 1487, having celebrated the 500th anniversary of it in 1987.
  2. Others assert that Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, developed the “dauchshund,” or “little dog,” sausage in the late 1600s prior to marketing it in Frankfurt.
  3. Vienna, or Wien, Austria clams to be the birthplace of the “wiener.”

With the sausage having been invented several centuries earlier, it seems entirely possible that people in different parts of Europe independently developed a similar product. Up for further debate is who first put this sausage on a bun, though there seems to be a consensus that this occurred in North America.

Up for further debate: what is the best way to cook a hot dog? Microwaved? (Yes there are some who prefer this cooking method.) Boiled? Grilled? Share your opinion in the comments.


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