We’ve all, in our desperate moments, eaten the odd hot dog without a bun (or even a folded slice of sandwich bread) to accompany it. But we think it can be agreed that bunless franks are far less satisfying than their more classic, bun-cradled cousins. A delicious, grilled hot dog deserves to be cradled by a soft, pliable bun, capable of absorbing any sauces or toppings you might decide to pile on top.
There’s nothing better during the summer than a delicious, fresh-off-the-grill hot dog — unless, of course, it’s a fresh-off-the-grill jumbo hot dog. Regular-sized dogs have their place, of course, but cookouts (and life in general) are just more fun with jumbo franks. But the process of choosing your jumbo franks is still important; no one wants a lackluster dog in a larger size.
To help you pick the plumpest, juiciest franks on the market, we rounded up five varieties of jumbo hot dogs, all of which are available in stores or online. Here are our rankings, from best to worst.
There’s no better time than July for eating ice cream in a cone, particularly if you can do so outside and with a sprinkler nearby. Cones have the power, if only for 10 minutes, to bring back the positive connotations that summer held for many in childhood: few responsibilities, and no worries beyond the possibility of ice cream dripping on your shirt. They’re a fantastic chance to take a break, go outside and enjoy a refreshing treat.
Among the various (and delicious) forms of edible, food-stuffed pockets that exist, potstickers are definitely one of our favorites. Sure, we also enjoy our calzones, samosas, and burritos, but freshly fried or boiled dumplings, carefully filled with delicious pork, chicken or vegetables, definitely hit the spot when we’re looking for something filling to serve over rice. And it helps that potstickers aren’t too difficult to make at home, especially once you master the process of sealing wontons.
I’ve never met a ginger beer I didn’t like. Whether I’m looking to alleviate a case of acid reflux or feel somewhat fancy without turning to alcohol, ginger beer has been my hero at restaurants and bars (Yes, there are some alcoholic ginger beers, but for the most part, modern ginger beer is non-alcoholic). I’m also prone to picking up bottles of ginger beer at the supermarket, because you never know when your stomach is going to decide it hates you.