If left to my own devices, I would have a chili dog at least once a week, for the rest of my life! Finding a good chili dog is a hellofalot harder than eating one,though. A few random tidbits- Detroit has more chil dog stands than anywhere else in the USA, why I don't know. On the other side of the state where I live(thank God!) finding a good chili dog is hard. Muskegon has a chain called G & L (home of the Greek chili dog) and I couldn't wait to try one! One, the only Greek thing about it is the family that owns it. The dog was a hot dog with every thing, with dry ground beef sprinkled on top. It was as bad as it sounds. In Grand Rapids, Yesterdog is popular. It is in an eclectic neighborhood, you stand in line and order cafeteria style and then go sit in a hard booth and open your surprise. Surprise! A pretty ordinary hot dog that you paid too much for and waited too long for. In Rockford we have the Corner Bar. This is the place where if you eat a dozen or more you get your name on the wall. These are 8 to a lb. food service hot dogs with runny, tasteless chili sauce in a steamed bun. All reputation, no quality. There are more, but you get my drift. When you are Buffalo Dick, you get righteously pissed and invent your own chili dog sauce! This is what I think a chili dog sauce should taste like:
1lb ground beef (chuck or round)
1 12oz can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 " " garlic powder
2 " " chili powder
2 " " salt (or to taste)
1 " " brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper ground
1 " " ground cumin
1 oz. prepared yellow mustard
1 oz. catsup
1 oz. white vinegar
1 finely minced hot dog (your favorite brand)
Put all ingredients into pot (do NOT brown the meat first!)excluding the cumin.
Bring to boil, then simmer for 20+ minutes until thickened
Add cumin, turn off heat.
Chill overnite. Can be frozen for future use also.
My perfect chili dog would have 1/4lb beef hot dog, Buffalo Dicks' chili dog sauce,dill pickle sliced,melted cheese, and a light stripe of mustard. Everybody- Tell me what you like on YOUR chili dog?