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Submitted By: John Fox

Keeping in mind that taste is subjective, in my opinion there is no better frankfurter than Thumann's. At least when it comes to a mixed meat (beef and pork) rather than all beef frank. And Thumann's makes a good all beef dog as well.

        



I'm fortunate in that I live where you can easily get Thumann's. If I didn't, I would go out of my way to get them. Having had a tour of the place, I know a little about their dogs. They are so much better than what is available in much of the country. The standard dog in the blue package (the griller) would do well across the country. It is fairly mild in taste, but in no ways bland. The flavor would appeal to people who grew up on mild tasting inferior dogs as well as people who know and appreciate good hot dogs. I've been to places such as German and Polish butchers that make excellent franks from old world recipes and quality cuts of meat rather than trimmings. But even these, although they come close to the quality of Thumann's, don't have the combination of flavor, tenderness, and juiciness that you find in a Thumann's hot dog.

Unlike most hot dog manufacturers, Thumann's doesn't employ a technique called vacuum chopping that sucks the air out of the meat mixture, resulting in a tighter packed product. Instead, Thumanns franks are more loosely packed which makes for a tenderer dog and lends itself to quicker cooking.

People in certain areas, like Chicago and New York City, who grew up on spicy, garlicky, all beef dogs may not like the Thumanns griller, but overall, I think there would be a good demand for them. I've even thought of shipping Thumann's and other dogs. Two women from New Jersey are doing real well shipping Taylor and Trenton Pork Roll all over the country; mostly to ex Jersyites.

Do you speak to Bill Merkent? He's the plant manager at Thumann's and the guy who's taken me on a tour and answers all my questions.





With your help I need to keep the information of location and any and all hot dog carts, wagons, trucks, stands, etc. throughout the country, are as accurate as possible. Pictures of past and present would be appreciated. I would return photos if requested. Further information will follow.

Coming soon Newsletter January 15th 2009, Different types of Hot Dogs, Buns, toppings, chili recipes,
Weird NJ facts, buy and sell Hot Dog Business, etc.


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