11 Tips for Making the Perfect Hot Dog Slideshow

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1. Shop Around

"More and more specialty markets are carrying quality, exotic types of meat in addition to the kind we’re most used to," explains Doug Sohn of Chicago’s Hot Doug’s, where people queue around the block for alligator and wild boar dogs. It’s worth branching out — at least once. Whole Foods and Fairway, for example, now stock different types of pork, lamb, chicken, and even veal, but, says Sohn, your best bet is checking with your local butcher for super-fresh varieties. Working with unfamiliar meats can be trickier, though, so be sure to cook dogs all the way through.