Bragging Rights and $150 Amazon Gift Card on the Line as the Charlotte’s Favorite Hot Dog and Sausage Joint Looks for the Best-Selling Holiday Hot Dog Creation; 12 Finalists Each Have Their Hot Dog Day Beginning Today
Your true love needs a new list because who cares about geese a-laying, swans a-swimming and maids a-milking when you have your own Hot Dog for a day?
JJ’s Red Hots, known for its outrageous ‘Dog of the Week’ creations, recently challenged its fans to submit their most creative Hot Dog for a chance to be featured in the brand’s 3rd Annual ’12 Days of Hot Dogs’ promotion. After evaluating hundreds of submissions and judging on dog toppings and dog name creativity, the management team of the Charlotte’s favorite Hot Dog and Sausage joint today named its 12 Finalists.
Each finalist has one day to promote and sell his or her Hot Dog. One winner, based on the most hot dogs sold for that day, will be awarded a $150 Amazon gift card and have bragging rights for one year that their Hot Dog ruled the day and the 2015 holiday season in the Queen City. The finalists, their dog name, their day to sell and the toppings each chose, include the following (images of all of the dogs are available upon request):
Angie White – The Farmer’s Daughter
Sautéed Spinach and Kale, Bacon Crumbles, Goat Cheese, Cranberry Orange Mustard.
Derek Elgin – The Picnic
Chili, Borracho Beans, Cole Slaw, Diced Onion, Salt & Vinegar Pringles, Whole Grain Mustard.
Tim Theyson – The Memphian
Memphis Style Pulled Pork, Bacon, Cole Slaw, Smoked Amber BBQ Sauce
Rico Renzi – W.T.F!? (What The Frank!?)
Bacon, Mac & Cheese, Hot Relish, Onion Rings, Whole Grain Mustard
Jenny Bryan – Hawaiian Spice Dog
Roasted Peppers, Crushed Pineapple, Diced Onions, Fried Jalapeños, Sriracha Mayo
Chuck Jones – The Chihuahua
Black Beans, Salsa Verde, Fried Jalapenos, Cilantro Lime Crema, Queso Fresco
Jenny Bryan – Holy Popper
New York Onions, Bacon Cream Cheese, Fried Jalapeños, Sriracha Mayo, Jalapeño Hot Sauce
Eric Troutman – Frank n’ Beans
Borracho Beans, Bacon, Shredded Cheese, Fried Jalapeños, Chipotle Ketchup
Heath Asworth – Schweinehund
Sauerkraut, Bacon, jalapeño Relish, Hot Blonde Mustard
Mallory Willink – My Big Fat Greek Weiner
1/4 Lb. Beef Frankfurter, Goat Cheese, Tomato Olive Tapenade, Pita Chips, Tzaziki
Jon Owlett – Mac The Truck Up
Mac and Cheese, Bacon, Fritos, Hot Blonde Mustard
Mark Hurst – The Rudolph
Chili, Bacon, Goat Cheese Crumbles, Pita Chips, Garlic Aioli, Cherry Tomato (get it?)
JJ’s, which has swept all of Charlotte’s Best Hot Dog awards in 2015 including the Charlotte Observer’s Readers’ Choice Best of Charlotte 2015 award for Best Hot Dog this past Sunday, is best known for its Hot Dogs but also its hand crafted artisanal sausages, house-made sides and toppings. JJ’s 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.
“It is great to see everyone get excited about this. There were a lot of impressive entries and it was tough to choose the most-deserving twelve,” said JJ’s founder Jonathan Luther. “It’s our favorite promotion of the year because it involves our friends and fans, who really are what makes this brand so great.”
“We always love getting our fans and friends involved while creating new brand followers as we go,” said JJ’s director of marketing and brand development Brandy Newton. “It’s the greatest time of the year and we think we’ve chosen the 12 best Hot Dogs and 12 great marketers to put as many hot dogs in people’s mouths in December as possible.”
The JJ’s brand remains on an unprecedented winning streak, having been recently honored by Fast Casual – for the second year running – in the annual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list. JJ’s was the smallest chain to make the list and the only Hot Dog/Sausage concept to receive the honor.
JJ’s Red Hots is the premier purveyor of “hand-crafted” char-grilled hot dogs and sausages with two locations and several portable vehicles in the Charlotte metropolitan area. 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 Weber’s Mustard, Martin’s Rolls, and Coca-Cola. Perhaps most proudly, JJ’s Red Hots serves smokehouse hot dogs from Sahlen’s Meat Packing Company in Buffalo, NY. Sahlen’s is a 146 year-old company that remains family owned and operated, and makes, in our opinion, the best hot dogs in the world.