The demands of running and working in a print shop can be stressful. Though you may enjoy the smell of chemistry, ink and other pungent work related odors, nothing beats the smell of a grilled hot dog on a nice summer day.

So why not take a break and help MyOrderDesk celebrate National Hot Dog Day 2015! That’s right! It is National Hot Dog Day, and we are going to help you to celebrate by giving you some facts about the “dog” and the right way to make and eat a “dachshund sausage.”

What’s your favorite way to eat a hot dog? Comment at the bottom.

It’s always a good day to enjoy a nice, savory hot dog – but today you can justify that craving! 

Hot dog lovers rejoice! Today is National Hot Dog Day!

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

History of the Hot Dog

According to Hot-Dog,org (yep there is a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council), sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food, having been mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as far back as the 9th Century B.C.

It is not entirely known when hot dogs were actually invented, or who invented them. Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, is traditionally credited with originating the frankfurter. However, this claim is disputed by those who assert that the popular sausage – known as a “dachshund” or “little-dog” sausage – was created in the late 1600’s by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Germany. According to this report, Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product.

The site goes on to say that 1893 was an important year in Hot Dog History.  In Chicago that year, the Colombian Exposition brought hordes of visitors who consumed large quantities of sausages sold by vendors. People liked this food that was easy to eat, convenient and inexpensive.

Also in 1893, sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition is believed to have been started by a St. Louis bar owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.

Consumption Facts

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (more than 39 million), beating out New York and Atlanta.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport consumes SIX times more hot dogs, 725,000 more than Los Angeles International Airport and LaGuardia Airport combined.

On Independence Day, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.

Building the Chicago Style Hot Dog