Dallas' Hand-Crafted Hot Dogs Make for One Hell of a Cookout

Categories: Eat This

You're about to take your hot dog game to a whole new level.
Step away from the highly-processed tube meat. You know who you are. Your last-second planning has you trapped in the aisles of your local grocery store. There are red and yellow bottles in your cart, next to crappy buns cooked four days ago. Hot dog cookouts are supposed to be simple, but that's no reason to be lazy. The least you can do is pick up some decent links.

Unlike heritage pork chops and grass-fed beef, even the best hot dogs you can buy are very affordable. They're also so much more delicious than the plastic-wrapped franks at your grocer that the extra cost is negligible. The locally made links in this list are made with high-quality meat, use natural casings for a snappy exterior, and in some cases are smoked in the same shop where you buy them.

The following photos and tasting notes will help get you started. Pick out your favorite, or try them all. Your hot dog cookouts will never be the same again.


Meat: beef and pork blend

Casing: lamb

Processing: right at the butcher shop in Deep Ellum

Price: $7.50 per pound.

Tasting notes: Rudolph's tastes a lot like the hot dogs you grew up on with the volume turned up to 10. There's lots of garlic powder in this mix, and the meat is ground a little more coarsely than your standard grocery store dog. Choose Rudolph's if you want to stay as close to possible to the traditional American hot dog while enjoying higher quality.

Location Info


Rudolph's Meat Market

2924 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Kuby's Sausage House

6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

David's Meat Market

4010 N. Jupiter, Garland, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Rob Sarno
Rob Sarno

Even though these processed things will probably kill me one day. They taste so yummy.


Can we please give up the oh-so-pretentious 'hand-crafted' and go back to 'homemade?'  Please?

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, thanks for the informative article on an unappreciated classic.  Good stuff!


Methinks you can procure some Luscher's at the Swis Pastry shop over here in the town of the Cow..I bought a pack a a couple of months back..and they were awesome!  Thought it was a bit more sausage like than hot dog like, but it was damn fine eating!

primi_timpano topcommenter

I tried one of Luscher's dogs at a food event. Definitely a lot of flavor and good snap, but I thought they were overly salted.


I grilled a dozen Rudolph's last week;  over charcoal fire...........D E L I C I O U S.........

Steamed them first then finished them on the grill.................wow !

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Meat: tube steak

Casing: latex

Processing: in hand or a hole

Price: priceless


Those Post Oak Red Hots are my new breakfast on Saturdays at the White Rock Market.

scott.reitz moderator

@primi_timpano When I interviewed Brian for this post, salt was specifically one of the things he mentioned dialing back recently. Clearly he's listening to you.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Priceless? More like $50 to $400, depending on the quality of the hand or hole.

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