Have You Ever Had A Red Hot Dog Before?

I believe one of the greatest things of living in the United States is our diversity in food depending on the region. Take the hot dog for example. Growing up in Southern California my hot dog experience was found in the mall's food court with a to-go cup of freshly stomped lemonade. The dogs were deep-fried and placed on a stick by friendly employees wearing colorful striped hats. For people growing up in the Chicago area, every hot dog came with pickled sport peppers, New York was a coney dog, and if you grew up in parts of the South and Maine, your hot dogs were red as a fire hydrant.

What is a Red Hot Dog?

Known as "Red Snappers" in Maine, red hot dogs are natural casing beef and pork franks dyed with red dye #40. For over 150 years W.A. Bean & Sons have been serving up the red dogs to hungry New England customers. And while some rumor the dogs are dyed bright red to camouflage grey old meat, the company shares that the dye was part of a successful marking ploy. The dye was added to make their frankfurters stand out. And today that still rings true.

According to New England Today, the best way to enjoy these red hot dogs is on a split-top bun topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, and relish. Grilling the bun is always a welcome option, just make sure to focus on the dog itself and not the condiments.

So where does the name 'Red Snapper' come from?

It's actually the snap you get from biting down on the dogs, a characteristic of true Red Snapper hot dogs. W.A. Bean & Sons had perfected the snap by using natural lamb casing to shape the franks. 

Maine isn't the only place you'll find red dogs. Nu-Way Weiners in Macon, Ga has been serving them up since 1916, when Greek American immigrant James Mallis opened up a hot dog stand. Today there are nine Nu-Way Weiner locations in the Central Georgia area where you can grab one of their famous red-hots with a topping of coleslaw.

Looking to try out these bright red dogs for yourself? Order these online via Maine Lobster Now and experience Red Snappers whether you are in North Carolina, Virginia, or Michigan.


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