No baseball game, barbecue, or July 4th weekend would be complete without the all-American hot dog, so it’s no wonder that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, it exists) marked July 23 as National Hot Dog Day. In fact, this is such a critical part of summer that the entire the month of July is dedicated to this tasty savory treat.

The first National Hot Dog Day was established by the Council in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog luncheon on Capitol Hill, thus making every third Wednesday in July a reason to celebrate these delicious dogs.

Enjoy hot dogs and running? Head to New York to participate in the Annual New York Hot Dog Challenge where you can run three to five miles and are required to eat a hot dog at each of the ten carts you pass as you go! Throwing up will get you disqualified. Sign up at your own risk.

Think there’s no wrong way to eat a hot dog? Think again. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the proper etiquette for eating one is to finish it in five bites. In the case of a footlong, seven bites are deemed appropriate. 

We decided to celebrate this special holiday our own way by making Chicago style hot dogs. 


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Recipe includes: yellow mustard, sweet relish, chopped onion, tomatoes, dill pickles, sport peppers, and celery salt, all atop a Vienna hot dog in a poppy seed bun. Looking for more recipes? Bon Appetite featured hot dogs on their cover last month with recipes for a Ranch Dog, Shishito Dog, Elote Dog and more. 

Only five more days left in July! How will you celebrate?