For quite some time, I have been craving that perfect hot dog. One that is juicy, flavorful, void of any mystery meat and chemicals, and one that doesn’t have that super thick casing that you have to literally gnaw your way through before you can finally take a bite, and luckily I was able to find all of that and more at the Craft Beer and Hot Dog Showdown!
Organized by Revolving Dansk, a company owned and operated by husband-wife duo, Martin and Sera, and taking place at the beautiful Stuyvesant Cove Park, one of the purposes of this event is to show as many people as possible just how great Danish street food can be!
Now, I know that this event has the words ‘hot dog’ in its title, but what these are really known as are Danish pølser (even though I’ll be using the words ‘hot dog’ interchangeably here). Found all throughout the streets of Denmark, the traditional pølse is usually topped with mustard, ketchup (which I was surprised to recently find out is a no-no on hot dogs in the U.S.), Danish remoulade, chopped onions, fried onions, and Scandinavian pickles.
If that sounds like a mouthful, it is! But it’s one of the most delicious, delectable mouthfuls you’ll find. Sorry (not sorry) to say, but I would take a Danish pølse over any of the hot dogs found on the streets of New York any day. We were given the opportunity to try the traditional Danish-style pølse, but the main attractions were definitely the three customized pølsers vying for the honors of top dog (and trophy, of course).
The first hot dog that I tried was an Asian-inspired little number aptly titled ‘She’s Gone Nuts’, which was topped with pickled red cabbage, honey-sriracha mayo, crushed peanuts, cilantro, and maybe even a lil piece of heaven. It’s creator, Kate Hornsby, says her inspiration came from some sushi she and her husband once ate. I literally could’ve eaten a hundred of these guys ::drool::
Next, I tried what was known as the ‘North Pacific Gyre’ aka one of “the best hot dogs” my friend, Matt, has ever tried, and this one was topped with pineapple salsa, tonkatsu sauce (a Japanese-style barbecue sauce), and honey roasted walnuts. Now, you may think these things don’t go well together, but they created a lovely salty, sour, sweet combo that perfectly complemented the hot dog. Its creator said he basically came up with the idea based on what he had available in refrigerator already (and thank goodness he did).
And lastly, I tried ‘The Berlin’ or what I’d like to call every drunk person’s dream, which was topped with crunchy french fries, curry ketchup, green onions, and curry powder. Inspired by currywurst (and also after a night of drinking), this one is definitely a keeper.
And of course you need nice cold beverages to wash everything down, courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery.
Each attendee could vote for their favorite (I totally forgot to because I was too busy stuffing my face), but it was definitely a close race with only one vote separating each of the contestants.
So without further ado, the winner of the 2016 Hot Dog Showdown is…drum roll, please…SHE’S GONE NUTS! Definitely my favorite of the day, even though it was really hard to choose.
What sets these guys apart from other hot dogs is the care and attention put into each. Revolving Dansk only uses all-natural, antibiotic free, non-GMO ingredients for their Copenhagen Street Dogs, and sources their meat from a family-owned farm Upstate that treats their animals with the best of care, that way you know you’re always eating a quality product. Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a regular hot dog again!
Overall, with unlimited hot dogs, amazing views, live music, perfect weather, and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. So, thank you, Sera and Martin for having me! It was a pleasure and I truly wish you guys nothing but best of luck with your growing business.