Something called the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says we'll eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4th, making it the top hot dog-eating day of the year.

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They did a poll, and asked people to name the best drinks to pair with a hot dog.  And one in 11 Americans must be fancier than I am because 9% said wine pairs well with them.

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What drinks pair best with hotdogs:

  1. Soda - 76%
  2. Beer - 57%
  3. Lemonade - 54%
  4. Iced tea - 48%
  5. Orange juice - 12%
  6. Milk - 9%, Wine - 9%

I think we have to stop here for a second.  Orange Juice? This sounds really odd to me. My son loves orange juice, however, he's never drank it with a hot dog. I've seen him drink orange juice with rice and gravy. I'm going to ask him to do it this year to see what he thinks.

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They also looked at America's most-loved regional hot dog styles and the New York style is #1.  That's an all-beef dog, topped with steamed onions and deli-style mustard.

Second, on the list is Chicago style with mustard, relish, onions, peppers, tomatoes, a pickle, and celery salt all jammed into a poppy seed bun.

And third on the list is Detroit-style Coney dogs topped with mustard, onions, and chili.

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