Eric Lockwood’s ‘The Chip-Acabra’ Squares off Against ‘Joemama’s Picnic by Joe Reeves; A Spot on JJ’s Red Hots Winter Specials Menu, Bragging Rights and a $150 Amazon Gift Card on the Line Saturday-Sunday, January 3-4
Just when you thought the holidays were history, JJ’s Red Hots is staging a ‘Comfort and Joy’ Death Match, the result of a tie in its 2nd Annual ’12 Days of Hot Dogs’ contest.
Beginning this Saturday, January 3 thru Sunday, January 4, the Charlotte-based Hot Dog King will let its two finalists have two more Hot Dog days and the winner earns a spot on JJ’s “Winter Specials” menu, a $150 Amazon Gift Card and, of course, bragging rights.
The finalists, each of whom sold 66 Hot Dogs on his dedicated day, and their respective Hot Dog creations are:
The Chip-Acabra by Eric Lockwood
Borracho Beans, Fire-Grilled Salsa, Pickled Jalapeños, Tortilla Strips, Cilantro Lime Crema, Shaved Mexican Chocolate
Joemama’s Picnic by Joe Reeves
Collards, Diced Onion, Cole Slaw, Pork Rinds, Crystal Hot Sauce, Mac & Cheese
“It’s really no competition. I’m certain of victory,” said Lockwood, the 32-year old Music Director at School of Rock in Charlotte. “The idea of creating food is a passion of mine and winning would be a personal achievement to me. I’ve never won anything like this but I feel my Red Hot is a solid contender.”
During 12 Days of Hot Dogs, JJ’s challenged its fans to submit their most creative Hot Dog. After evaluating hundreds of submissions and judging on dog toppings and dog name creativity, the management team of JJ’s selected 12 and each finalist was given one day to promote and sell his or her Hot Dog. The creations by Lockwood and Reeves were the clear stars. And rather than naming them co-winners, JJ’s decided to challenge them again, this time to a Death Match.
JJ’s, which has swept all of Charlotte’s Best Hot Dog awards in 2014, has always encouraged fan-based recipes as part of its popular Dog of the Week program, which features specially designed and priced Hot Dogs, beginning each Monday. The promotion has been covered widely by the brand’s hometown Charlotte media and was even the subject of a USA Today article.
“This holiday promotion has been an absolute blast and we just couldn’t let it end this way,” said JJ’s founder Jonathan Luther. “A ‘tie’ just isn’t JJ’s style. A Death Match and one outright winner just feel better. We are very excited for our two finalists and JJ’s guests, who this weekend will ultimately decide one true champion while the other Hot Dog … well … dies.”
JJ’s Red Hots is the premier purveyor of “hand-crafted” char-grilled hot dogs and sausages in the Charlotte metropolitan area and the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The restaurant concept is built on solid, hardworking values and is modeled after venerable establishments like Ted’s in Buffalo, NY, Gene and Jude’s in Chicago, and many others. Still, JJ’s is a true American original featuring house-made, scratch prepared sides and toppings served alongside time tested, revered American brands like Tabasco, Weber’s Mustard, Martin’s Rolls, Coca-Cola and Mt. Olive Pickles. Perhaps most proudly, JJ’s Red Hots serves smokehouse hot dogs from Sahlen’s Meat Packing Company in Buffalo, NY. Sahlen’s is a 143 year-old company that remains family owned and operated, and makes, in our opinion, the best hot dogs in the world.