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Hot Dogs vs. Franks: What’s the Difference?

Posted March 14, 2019

Photo ofHot Dogs vs. Franks: What’s the Difference?by Tender Belly

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Tender Belly Certified Awesome premium pork Berkshire Uncured Franks are always a treat; but what is the difference between a 100 percent Berkshire Pork Frank and the classic hot dog? Here, we’ll take a quick look at the difference between Tender Belly premium pork and the iconic ballpark go-to.

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

The ingredients in the Tender Belly Berkshire Uncured Franks are 100 percent Berkshire pork, water, salt, turbinado sugar, spices and natural flavorings.

What About the Hot Dog?

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 selected meat trimmings of 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, fat and flavorings such as salt, garlic and paprika. Hot dogs also usually include sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrate.

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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