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5 Ways to Build the Perfect Hotdog

5 Ways to Build the Perfect HotdogA few weeks ago some friends and I went to a local hot dog restaurant to try it out. We had a long discussion about hot dogs and the appeal that they hold. All three of us agreed that when we eat a hot dog, it needs to be a great one. Then the discussion turned into what makes a great hot dog or what exactly is the perfect hot dog. For me, a great hotdog is about a few things. The perfect hotdog is a combination of the dog and the toppings. The hot dog itself has to be delicious or the toppings won't matter and really the same goes for the toppings. The toppings complete the hot dog experience really elevating the taste to whatever you choose to put on top. If the toppings aren't great, you most likely won't enjoy the hot dog either.

There is no better time to enjoy that hotdog than when tailgating. In fact, a recently survey showed that 3 out of 4 Americans believe hotdogs are an essential part of tailgating. Well of course. If there had to be an official food of tailgating, I am certain that it would be a hot dog. Here are 5 Ways to Build the Perfect Hotdog.

5 Ways to Build the Perfect Hotdog5 Ways to Build the Perfect Hotdog

1. Start with a good hotdog.

This may seem like a no brainer but even the best topping cannot make an inferior hotdog taste good. Did you know that you can get Nathan's Famous premium all-beef Hot Dogs at all RaceTrac locations on the roller grill? That's right. Make certain that your hotdog is all beef. No unidentifiable parts in our hotdogs, please!

2. It's all about the toppings.

At Racetrac, with their unlimited toppings bar, the possibilities are really endless. Good toppings mean an even better hotdog.

3. Try something new.

Are you a fan of peppers? Put them on your hotdog and give it a try. How about cole slaw? I had never considered putting in a hotdog until a few weeks ago and now it is one of my favorite hotdog toppings.

4. Go half & half.

Have you ever considered grabbing more than one hotdog? Even better go half & half with your favorite toppings. I made a slaw dog on one side and then added my old standby (ketchup, mustard & relish) to the other half. This is a fabulous way to eat hotdogs, by the way.

5 Ways to Build the Perfect Hotdog

5. Celebrate Fall Tailgating with the RaceTrac Dogtoberfest

This fall RaceTrac is celebrating all things roller grill with their first-ever Dogtoberfest promotion. They have declared the hot dog as the official fall tailgating food. From now until November 19, RaceTrac is celebrating their roller grill line up, including: Nathan’s Famous 100-percent Premium All Beef Hot Dogs, sausages, the new, limited-time only Guinness Beer Brat, delicious taquitos and tamales, and of course, their unlimited toppings bar!

In addition to rolling out some sweet hot dog deals, RaceTrac has a few fun festivities to go along with the new fall holiday from the chance to win a trip to the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship in Coney Island, to a Halloween-themed promotion, to college football tailgates and more.

Get the Buy One, Get One Dogtoberfest Deal today!

Get the fabulous Dogtoberfest Deal where when you Buy One, you can Get One for $1 with all roller grill items. Starting in October, guests who buy one roller grill
item can receive a second roller grill item for just $1.

VIDEO RaceTrac Original Hotdog Recipe: The Georgia On My Mind Dog

In honor of RaceTrac’s new fall holiday, they have created four original hot dog recipes – one for each of their key regions. Of course, our favorite is the Georgia On My Mind Dog. 🙂

Which one is your favorite?

  • The Big Easy Louisiana Dog: Beer brat & mustard
  • The Georgia On My Mind Dog: Nathan’s hot dog, coleslaw, onions & yellow mustard
  • The Wild West Dallas Dog: Nathan’s hot dog, jalapeno pickles, jalapenos & pico de gallo
  • The Hot ‘N Topical Florida Dog: Nathan’s hot dog, salsa, banana peppers & mustard

Enter the RaceTrac “Duke of Dogtoberfest” Contest

Tis the season to eat hot dogs! To kick off Dogtoberfest this fall, RaceTrac is looking for the most passionate hot dog connoisseur to celebrate the food destination that RaceTrac guests love most: the roller Grill. The most devoted fan, to be dubbed the “Duke of Dogtoberfest,” will be determined by the hot dog lover who creates and shares the most creative, delicious hot dog combination.

Head to your local RaceTrac store to build your ultimate hot dog combination and then share it on social media for a chance to win a trip for two to judge the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship in Coney Island. In addition to the grand prize, one person will be randomly selected each week for a $100 RaceTrac gift card.

HOW TO ENTER THE DOGTOBERFEST CONTEST: take a picture of your Nathan’s hot dog creation made straight from the RaceTrac roller grill, share it on Instagram or Twitter, tag @RaceTrac and use the hashtags #Dogtoberfest and #contest for a chance to win.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The RaceTrac Duke of Dogtoberfest Contest is open to legal residents of GA, LA, FL & TX, age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Contest begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on 10/19/17 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 11/19/17. Subject to Official Rules at www.racetrac.com/news-press. See Official Rules for complete details. Sponsor: RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., Atlanta, GA

This post is written in partnership with RaceTrac.

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  1. This. Is. AWESOME! I love to stop in and grab a dog when I’m on the go. I love that they have all the fixings I’d ever want for my dog. Looks good!

  2. I am all about loading up my hot dog with different toppings! I love making mine as spicy as possible.

  3. Yummy! You have me craving one now! My husband always outs onions, tomato, pickles, sport peppers, ketchup, and celery salt on his hot dogs. I am a saurkraut girl but I am from NJ, he is from Chicago.

  4. Claudia Krusch

    I will have to head over to my local RaceTrac to check out their Dogtoberfest promotion. They would be great for lunch on the run.

  5. I’ve never been to a RaceTrac but it sounds like a neat place. The Dogtoberfest looks like a cool event. I love toppings and being able to customize things.

  6. I am hot dog obsessed!! I didn’t know RaceTrack had build your own hot dog stations, I may have to hit them up soon! LOL!

  7. robin rue

    We don’t have Racetracks around here, but I am all about hot dogs. My perfect hot dog has mustard, relish and onions.

  8. I love Racetrac dogs. They are so juicy and delicious. We always stop there for dogs if we’re on the go and getting hungry.

  9. AHHH! This is so nostalgic for me. I am going to have to give these a try. Yummy!

  10. My husband and son would love these ideas, they love hotdog in a bun. I’ll dress it up like this the next time I make it for them.

  11. Catherine Sargent

    I am all about a good hotdog, but I normally keep the toppings simple ketchup and cheese. I will have to be adventures and try more toppings.

  12. I love sour kraut, mustard, mayo and swiss cheese on mine!

  13. Ruth I.

    I’ve been craving for a hotdog in a bun since last week. I like the toppings you added. Looks so delicious!

  14. Kathy

    I love that there are so many ways to make hot dogs. You can add so many things to them to make them all taste different and delicious. My youngest is a huge hot dog fan.

  15. I haven’t had a hotdog from RaceTrac yet. It looks so good though. I will have to eat a hotdog next time I am out running around during lunchtime.

  16. Half and half is a good idea. I love a good hotdog but if it’s prepared wrong, it can put a damper on things!

  17. Stopping by Racetrac for a quick hotdog and a drink is such a good idea. It’s always fun to try some new topping combos!

  18. There is just something about the way the hot dogs cook on those machines. They taste so darn good! I love to pile mine with onions and relish!

  19. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Awesome deal! I love mine with chili and cheese sauce. Or I can also have it with lots of onions, pickle relish and mustard. OMG. I am craving for one at this hour! Have to visit a RaceTrac tomorrow.

  20. Yum! It’s not a complete dog for me though unless it has sauerkraut on it. (That’s the German genes coming out lol). I do like your idea about a half and half though.

  21. Pam

    We always try to stop at RaceTrac to refuel while traveling. They have so,e good deals on snacks.

  22. Dogtoberfest sounds amazing! I would love to try the Guinness Beer brat. That sounds so incredible for our tailgating parties. I have to get to RaceTrac.

  23. My Teen Guide

    Yum! Hotdogs are a tailgating staple, that’s for sure! I love mine with lots of cheese sauce and onions. Or I could just go plain with mustard and ketchup!

  24. That looks really yummy! I agree about starting with a good dog, you can’t have a good hotdog sandwich without that! I think these are great tips!

  25. That sounds amazing, making a hotdog with different toppings. I’d never thought of putting coleslaw and hotdog together but looks great.

  26. We love a good hotdog with lots of toppings! Yum! I need to check if there’s a RaceTrac close to where we live.

  27. Now you made me all hungry! I don’t think there is a bad topping to put on top of a hotdog. My favorite is really just plain catchup mustard and tomatoes. My husband puts on a form of oil and tomato kind of like what you put on top of a bruschetta. It is really good.

  28. I have to keep my eyes peeled for a Racetrac at all times. Dogtoberfest sounds pretty awesome to me!

  29. I LOVE hot dogs with coleslaw! I’m so glad you discovered that yummy combo. Race Trac hot dogs sound delicious. I need to try them out sometime.

  30. I love a good hotdog done right. The more loaded, the better.

  31. Jenn Mitchell

    Hotdogs can definitely take on many different personalities depending how you top them. All of these varieties look so awesome.

  32. Amy Desrosiers

    I have visited Racetrac and do think they have good hot dogs. I like onions, and sweet relish on my dogs.

  33. Randi

    My kids would love this contest. We actually grab hot dogs on Saturdays quite often – it’s such an easy stop for lunch!

  34. Ra'Nesha

    I love all beef hot dogs dripping with toppings I could go for an amazing mouthwatering Nathan’s dog right now.

  35. Chili cheese dogs are my absolute favorite way to eat a hot dog! I love this contest, it’s right up my alley 🙂

  36. My kids love different way to make a hot dog. I’m going to show them this to try out next time.

  37. Hot dogs are the best and one of my favorite quick and easy dinners. We often do a hot dog bar weekly and the whole family loves it. 

  38. My husband will flip over these! He loves hot dogs and I am sure he’ll enjoy these!

  39. I wish we had a Racetrack nearby because I would be in making Hot Dogs Every single day! I love them lol they are my guilty pleasure.

  40. I wish we had a racetrack like this nearby! This looks fantastic. YUMM!

  41. This looks so good! This is certainly a fantastic way to build the perfect hotdog.

  42. The toppings do make the hot dog when it comes to them.  I saw these and it made me think of putting mac and cheese on a hot dog.  Anyway, I am all for pickles and spears but just not sweet pickles on my hot dogs.

  43. I love all of the different ideas you have for condiments on the hot dog.  They certainly do make the blog and would be delicious.

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