Hot Dogs vs Franks

Hot Dogs vs Franks


Tender Belly Certified Awesome premium porkBerkshire Uncured Franks are always a delicious treat worth eating; but what is the difference between a 100 percent Berkshire Pork Frank and the classic hot dog? One may ask "Is one healthierthan the other and is there such a thing as natural hot dogs?" or "What's in hot dogs and do they pose any health risks?" Here, we’ll take a quick look at the difference between Tender Belly premium pork and the iconic ball park go-to. 

Regardless of what you put on top, it all starts with the cooked frank, itself. Tender Belly Franks come from the hind leg of a Berkshire pork and are smoked with applewood to enhance the flavor. Tender Belly then coarse grinds the meat and packs it into an all-natural casing. This makes sure that every bite of this healthy hot dogdelivers a crisp snap and the perfect balance of subtly sweet and delightfully salty notes.

The ingredients in the Tender Belly Berkshire Uncured Franks are 100 percent Berkshire pork, water, salt, turbinado sugar, spices and natural flavorings. Compared to many other hot dog brands, our delicious pork products have awesome flavor, are a great source of protein, and aren’t a food option you will later regret eating




The classic American staple, the hot dog, can vary in so many ways and goes by many different names. Besides being a hot dog, they can sometimes be called a frank, wiener or sausage. Hot dogs come from the German Frankfurter, which was originally sausage. In the U.S., hot dogs tend to be all beef or a mixture of meat trimmings from beef and/or pork. The main differences between a hot dog and the pork frank are the production process and flavors. Hot dogs are a subset of a pork frank.

The typical ingredients of a hot dog include meat trimmings, animal fat and spices such as salt, garlic and paprika. Hot dogs also usually include sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrate, which are chemical compounds to be aware of as they can lead to potential health risks if consumed frequently. When topping a grilled hot dog with ketchup mustard and pickle relish, it may be hard to tell what is the true makeup of the hot dog at your fingertips.

If you had to make a choice between 100 percent Berkshire pork franks and a hot dog, we know which choice we would make! So go ahead and try one… or three!

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