We all love hot dogs, but we’ve also heard lots of stories about what goes into them. So I guess you are probably curious to know if hotdog is actually made of pork.
Well, the answer is yes. Although hot dogs can still be made from beef, veal and often times less expensive hot dogs are also made with chicken. But primarily, the traditional ingredient for a hot dog is beef and pork.
In this article, I will be talking about hot dogs, what exactly goes into them, how they are made, their nutritional value, and how they differ from franks.
What are hot dogs?
Hot dogs are long pressurized meat or sausage served on a slit of a partially sliced bun. They are made from meat trimming that is ground into a fine mixture with other added seasoning for more flavoring agents.
Nutritional information on hot dogs
The following nutrients are present in hot dogs, as per the USDA;
- Calories: 314
- Sodium: 810mg
- Sugar: 4g
- Fat: 18.6g
- Protein: 11g
- Carbohydrate: 24.3g
- Fiber: 0.8g
They also contain iron, calcium, cobalamin, and magnesium.
What exactly goes into hot dogs?
Now, we know that hot dogs are made with beef, pork, veal, or chicken, but what else goes into making them? The following is a full breakdown of all the ingredients and chemicals compounds used to make hot dogs;
- Sodium ascorbic
- Beef stock
- Citric acid
- Autolyzed yeast extract
- Celery acid
- Collagen casting
- Lauric arginate
- Corn syrup or sugar
- Modified food starch
- Diacetate or lactate
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Yeast extract
- Paprika extract
- Sodium nitrate
- Natural sheep casting (typically made out of lamb intestine)
- Smoke flavoring
- Soy protein concentrate
- Sodium erythorbate
SEE: Is Pastrami Pork?
How are hot dogs made?
Firstly, the meat to use is selected, either beef, pork, veal, or poultry such as chicken and turkey. Then the meat is trimmed and put in a high-speed stainless steel chopper, which blends the meat thoroughly.
While the meat blends, spices, ice chips, and curing ingredients are added concurrently to the mixture. The mixture is continuously monitored to ensure the proper balance of the ingredient.
Then the mixture is pumped into an automatic linker machine or stuffer, afterward, it flows into its casing. Most brands use cellulose casing for the hot dog, which is later removed, while some use natural wiener casing which is edible.
Most brands avoid using cellulose casing because of the added expenses it may incur.
The main advantage of using the cellulose casing is that all the hot dogs come out in the same shape and size. But when the natural casing is used, they are similar but not of the exact size.
After the hot dog casings are filled, they are linked into a long strand of hot dogs and are moved to a smokehouse. There, they are smoked under controlled temperature and supervision, as per the US Department of Agriculture.
The hot dogs can also be hardwood smoked for added color and flavor. After the hot dogs have been smoked, they are showered with cold water so they cool off.
If the hot dogs were made with cellulose casings, then they are sent to an automatic peeler, afterward, they are sent to the packaging equipment.
Production of the hot dogs is done in hours while also being inspected by federal officials to ensure their safety. Then they are moved into storage coolers and refrigerated trucks for delivery.
How are hot dogs different from franks?
1. Franks are made of meat slurry, which is a different meat mixture, hot dogs, on the other hand, are made of either beef, pork, chicken, or veal.
2. Franks originated in the 1860s while hot dogs in the 1900s.
3. Hot dogs are longer, while franks are shorter.
SEE: Do Hot Dogs Go Bad?
Do you know?
- Over 20 million hot dogs are consumed yearly.
- According to Major League Eating, a man from Indiana ate 76 hot dogs in under 10 minutes in a hot dog eating competition.
- Hot dogs are also made from the organ meat of pigs.
Are hot dogs healthy?
No, they are not. Studies show that excess intake of hot dogs could have a number of health risks. They include;
1. Risk of colorectal cancer
Hot dogs are made from processed meat, which has been associated with colorectal cancer. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
2. Excess sodium and fat
Hot dogs are loaded with sodium; just one hot dog contains over a quarter of your daily recommended intake. Also, it contains fat that could disrupt the body’s energy production rate.
3. Increased risk of diabetes
Hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites, two nitrosamine-forming compounds that can damage pancreatic cells. These cells are responsible for making insulin and can further increase the risk of diabetes.
Do hot dogs go bad overnight?
Yes, they do. Hot dogs grow bacteria when left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. It is best to store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Can you eat a hot dog without cooking it?
A hot dog is a pre-cooked product, while it can be eaten without cooking, there is no harm in cooking them further.
What were hot dogs called?
They were initially called dachshund sausages which later evolved into hot dogs.
Are hot dogs made of Animals’ heart?
No, they are not. The US Department of Agriculture inspects to ensure that all hot dogs produced are not made of heart or other animal bi-products.
Conclusion: Is hotdog pork?
Yes, it is. These days, hot dogs are made of pork, beef, and chicken, also in a few occasions, a combination. However, the label should indicate which meat is used in the hot dog you purchase.
But if you happen to be buying from roadside sellers or deli cases at the supermarket, you could enquire.
I hope you enjoyed this article, if you did, you should also see if you can freeze hot dog for later.
Thank you for reading this article.