Wondering what to grill this Fourth of July? Our panel of experts and amateurs in California sampled a range and found a few clear winners
Life is full of tough choices. For instance: are you a burger person, or a hot dog person? While I tend to lean burger, there are times when only a hot dog will do: at the baseball game; on a New York City street corner; walking home tipsy as bacon-wrapped sausages perfume the night.
But no occasion is more perfect than the Fourth of July. Its estimated Americans will eat 150m hot dogs on Independence Day alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Boiled or grilled, with mustard or ketchup, sauerkraut or relish a frank in a bun is the best way to celebrate the holiday.
As with many American traditions, the hot dogs origins lie in the immigrant story. Most agree it began with the frankfurter, brought by 19th-century Germans along with their love of all things sausage. Todays supermarket aisles are stuffed with choice, making grocery shopping a daunting task. As a fellow shopper lamented just days ago, while I loaded my arms with cold meat for this contest: Which damn hot dog do I buy? Nothings worse than biting into a bad hot dog.
Which is why we decided to face down the ultimate challenge: 14 American supermarket varieties pitted side by side, so you can shop with confidence.
Article Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us