The Do’s and Dont’s of Hot Dog Etiquette

This may come as a shock to some of you – but did you know you may have been eating hot dogs wrong your whole life? With summer in full swing, we at RLPS want to ensure you are the most knowledgeable in hot dog etiquette in time for your next backyard bbq!


Put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always “dress the dog,” not the bun.

Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.


Serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs.


Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.


Use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.


Take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.


Use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.


Send a thank you note following a hot dog barbecue. It would not be in keeping with the unpretentious nature of hot dogs.


Bring wine to a hot dog barbecue. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable.


Ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.

We hope these tips will help you develop into a top hot dog connoisseur – we at RLPS wish everyone a happy #NationalHotDogDay

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