Dogs Done Right: Hot Dog Etiquette

Hot Dog Etiquette

You may think you know how to eat a hot dog. You just, you know, eat it, right? Not so fast. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Association (yes, it’s a thing), there’s a right way and a wrong way to devour your dog. You might want to take notes.

Order up
There’s an optimal order for hot dog toppings. Start with wet condiments like ketchup; then chunky ones like relish; finish with spices like celery salt.

Dress for success
Always apply toppings to the dog, not the bun. (Who likes soggy buns? Not us!)

Hands on
Never use utensils to eat a hot dog, even the super-messy ones like chili dogs. Pro tip: napkins. Lots and lots of napkins.

Take 5
You should eat a hot dog in five bites – no more, no less – with one exception. You’re allowed an extra two bites for a foot-long dog to prevent choking. We want you to live to eat another dog!

Choose wisely
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