What is a Chardog?

What is a Chardog?

The Char Dog is pretty much identical to the regular boiled Chicago dog but the difference is the hot dogs have an X shape cut into the ends and they are grilled. These hot dogs are topped with mustard, diced onion, tomato, pickle relish, dill pickle spears, celery salt and sport peppers.

What makes a Chicago dog?

So, just what is on a Chicago style dog? Well, it starts with a steamed poppy seed bun and an all-beef frankfurter. Then it’s topped with yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and finally, a dash of celery salt.

Are Chicago hot dogs boiled or grilled?

Traditionally, Chicago-style dogs are boiled, not grilled.

How do you char a hot dog?

A little char is a good thing, so don’t be too timid with the flame, but don’t burn it to oblivion. Your best bet is to cook it over indirect heat, away from the grill’s hottest spot. And don’t forget to poke a few holes in the dog with a fork or tip of a sharp knife. As the fat in the hot dog cooks, it emits steam.

How do you cut a char dog?


  1. Cut an X in the end of each dog. Cut a 1 inch deep X in the end of each dog.
  2. Set the grill up for direct medium heat. Set your grill up for direct medium heat.
  3. Cook the dogs. Grill the dogs over direct medium heat until well browned on one side, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve.

Is Chicago famous for hot dogs?

Chicago, the sausage capital of America, keeps on offering a smattering of wonderful new spots serving traditional Chicago-style hot dogs dragged through the garden, as well as gourmet spots with inventive toppings. As always, the ketchup is only for the fries and young children who don’t know better.

Who invented the Chicago dog?

The brand synonymous with Chicago-style hot dogs today was launched in 1893 ahead of the Columbian Exposition. Samuel Ladany and Emil Reichl, two Jewish immigrants from Austria-Hungary, started selling their all-beef, spiced dogs from a stand during the fair and used the proceeds to open Vienna Beef.

Do Chicagoans put ketchup on hotdogs?

While there is no definitive reason, Grub Street states that the Chicago-style hot dog simply does not need ketchup and that the addition of this unnecessary condiment ruins the already-perfect flavor balance.

Why are they called sport peppers?

They are a specific cultivated variety, or cultivar, of Capsicum annuum. The term “sport” probably originated because they are used as condiments on hot dogs sold in baseball parks. They are not related to tabascos, which are Capsicum frustescens.

Why is Chicago dog relish so green?

Chicago-style relish is a type of sweet pickle relish typically used on Chicago-style hot dogs. The unique color of the relish, often referred to as “neon green”, is created by adding blue dye to regular pickle relish.