Bragging Rights and $150 Amazon Gift Card on the Line as the Charlotte Hot Dog King Looks for the Best-Selling Holiday Hot Dog Creation; 12 Finalists Each Have Their Hot Dog Day Beginning Today
Who needs a turtle dove or a partridge in a pear tree 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 2nd 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-based Hot Dog King 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 2014 holiday season. 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):
Soul Dog (12/11) – Bob Duenkel
Bacon, Collards, Cole Slaw, Pork Rinds, Chipotle BBQ Sauce
The Chip-Acabra (12/12) – Eric Lockwood
Borracho Beans, Fire Grilled Salsa, Pickled Jalapeños, Tortilla Strips, Cilantro Lime Crema, Shaved Mexican Chocolate
Beanie Weenie (12/13) – Margaret Meulman
Bacon, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Lays Dill Pickle Chips, Chipotle BBQ
Hotness Monster (12/14) – Marissa Deziel
Beer Cheese, Veggie Chili, Pickled Jalapeños, Onion Rings, Mecktoberfest Mustard, Crushed Pretzels
Baltimore Bird Dog (12/15) *Reigning Champ*- Rico Renzi (last year’s winner!)
Beer Cheese, Bacon, Hot Relish, UTZ Crab Chips. Rocket Sauce, Old Bay
Das Viener (12/16) – Kyle Findlan
Beer Cheese, Bacon, Kraut, Diced Onion, Crushed Pretzels, Mecktoberfest Mustard
Green Bean Cassedog (12/17) – Roberta Keener
Bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms, Shredded Cheese, French’s French Fried Onions, Deli Mustard, French Cut Green Beans
The REAL Corn Dog (12/18) – Stephanie Moore
Borracho Beans, Diced Red Onion, French’s French Fried Onions, Cilantro, Lime Crema, Corn Salsa
Joemama’s Picnic (12/19) – Joe Reeves
Collards, Diced Onion, Cole Slaw, Pork Rinds, Crystal Hot Sauce, Mac & Cheese
The Fat Bastard (12/20) – Brad Rice
Bacon, Chili, Diced Red Onion, HOT Dill Pickles, Pork Rinds, Chipotle BBQ, Cheese Whiz
Weuben Weiner (12/21) – Hannah Nelson
Sauerkraut, Cheese, Dill Pickles, Crushed Pretzels, Deli Mustard, Thousand Island Dressing
Pig in Heat (12/22) – Callan Smith
Beer Cheese, Chili, Diced Onion, Sun Chips, Jalapeno Ketchup
JJ’s, which has swept all of Charlotte’s Best Hot Dog awards in 2014, 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. The promotion has been covered widely by the brand’s hometown Charlotte media and was even the subject of a USA Today article.
“It is great to see everyone get excited about this. It was tough but at the same time a blast choosing the most-deserving twelve,” said JJ’s founder Jonathan Luther. “Now the real fun begins. We’re excited to have each of these 12 dogs have their day.”
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.