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Hot Dogs by the Numbers

May 24, 2013

We're ready to kick off Memorial Day weekend with a menu full of summery favorites, from barbecue chicken and smoky ribs to seasonal salads and fruit-filled desserts. But of course no summertime cookout would be complete without a grill full of good ol' hot dogs. While hot dogs are a popular food year-round, there's no denying that they reach their peak popularity during the summer months. Curious about just how popular this summertime staple really is, we turned to the American Meat Institute to get a better sense of hot dogs by the numbers. According to the trade association: - Americans will eat an estimated 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day - Of those 7 billion, 150 million hot dogs will be consumed during the Fourth of July holiday alone - Baseball fans will eat an estimated 20.4 million hot dogs at Major League ballparks during the season That's a whole lot of hot dogs with a whole lot of topping options. Fire up the grill this Memorial Day and find inspiration for classic and creative hot dogs toppings with a few of our favorite recipes below: - Cheddar Hot Dogs with Braised Leeks and Apples - Garlic Mojo Hot Dogs - Muffuletta Hot Dogs - Manchego Cheese and Garlic Hot Dogs - Beer-Braised Hot Dogs What's your favorite hot dog topping?

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