Ensure You Have the Proper Mustard for Your Hot Dog This Summer.

By MEAL FACTS

Some things just seem to go along nicely, like hot dogs and summer days. Nothing hits the seasonal spot quite like a grilled hot dog, whether you're enjoying a baseball game live at the ballpark or having a barbecue in your backyard.

In a news release from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council from last summer, it was revealed that 73 percent of Americans believe hot dogs are a necessary component of any summer barbecue and that 68 percent say mustard is the preferred hot dog sauce.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the NHDSC has some knowledge about ideal pairings. In fact, they might have just surpassed their previous record.

The National Mustard Museum and NHDSC formed the first ideal new partnership (NMM). According to a separate news release, the two venerable establishments joined forces to find the ideal mustard topping for a variety of summer sausages, not just hot dogs.

In order to do this, the NHDSC gathered 10 elite chefs in a top-secret setting and gave them access to dozens of premium sausage links and sauces (the latter courtesy of the NMM).

The conclusions were startlingly clear-cut. For instance, the ideal pairings of knackwurst and Dijon mustard, bratwurst and sweet mild mustard, and bologna and honey mustard are now beyond dispute.

The ideal combinations of hot dog and sausage mustard, according to chefs

The NHDSC's team of chefs has decided on the ideal mustard for your frankfurter... and your wiener, just like a baseball umpire makes a decision on a balls and strikes call. What? You had no idea there was a distinction between wieners and frankfurters? 

What? You had no idea there was a distinction between wieners and frankfurters? The Daily Meal claims that the variances are due to both geography and cuisine.

The former originated in Vienna and is primarily a mixture of pig and beef, while the latter is a product of the German city of Frankfurt (duh!) and is traditionally prepared from pork (beef in the U.S.).

It turns out that both go exceptionally well with yellow mustard. The chefs at the NHDSC say that deli brown and whole grain mustards go nicely with frankfurters.

However, none were as effective as traditional yellow mustard, and the same was true of wieners.

According to Eric Mittenthal, president of the NHDSC, "mustard and sausages are about as iconic a combination as peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers, or limes and coconuts.

Now that we have the knowledge, all that is left to do is use it. Around 150 million hot dogs are devoured annually during the Fourth of July celebration, according to a news release. Do you want to contribute in some way?

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