This new thread about supermarket, butcher shop, or deli hot dogs seems to be necessary, because the players change from year to year, and it is difficult to get U.S. dogs in GTA.
I've been concentrating on all beef hot dogs, mostly because embee will eventually have to approve of anything I (we) might find. I would be happy with Deli-Cart Hot 'n Spicy pork dogs, but instead I'm on a search for a good all beef dog. It should have strong spicing, smoke and garlic background, juiciness, and a burst of beef flavor from a crisp skin.
The only Canadian hot dog that met these standards was Moishe's, sold here briefly two years ago.
This season, I have purchased Lester's all beef (Highland Farms), Deli-Cart all beef Angus (Costco), Schneider's hot Juicy Jumbo all beef, and PC Angus all beef. I haven't cooked the PC Angus yet. These are all about $4/lb, a premium over Red Hots, Maple Leaf, or Shopsy's.
They are all on the bland side, low on flavor, and skinless. The Deli-Cart is by far the juiciest, with good beef flavor, but I won't get it again because the fat was dominant, almost cloying.
The Schneider was the best tasting so far, and I think it was due to the pepper flakes in the mix. At least they are on the right track.
Next to try is PC Angus, but I'm not expecting much.
Are there any other good all beef, or even pork or chicken dogs out there?