If you’re ready to fire up the grill but want to keep it healthy and humane…finally, there really is a cruelty-free AND healthier1 option that should satisfy the traditional barbecue cravings and discriminating taste buds of everyone. The founder and chef of this brand uses a blend of local and organically grown seasonal root vegetables, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, gluten-free flours, herbs and spices to craft the perfect “hot dog cart” long frankfurter – which is remarkably free of soy, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and MSG-derivatives and preservatives like nitrates. Importantly, the taste is authentic with no strange “faux meat” aftertaste and the texture is moist and not rubbery. These frankfurters offer the same satisfaction of the recreational food staple, and, they perfectly pair with mustard, ketchup, bean chili, sauerkraut (or for those of you who can’t get enough, all of the above)2. It’s actually amazing that the same effect is achieved without using processed ingredients, nitrates or animal casings. And not to mention all the other horrors that have been found in hot dogs! For those of you who thought meatless meat was tasteless, or worse, only soy- or chemical-based and distasteful, think again.
1 Three different studies have come out in the past year, finding that the consumption of hot dogs can be a risk factor for childhood cancer.
2 Yeah Dawg! Also offers their own toppings of raw sauerkraut, homemade cashew mayo, smoked coconut “bacon,” and pineapple chunks.
Yeah Dawg! Vegan Hot Dogs photo: source Good Eggs
Applegate® The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog photo: source Cecila’s Marketplace
- No animal derived ingredients or byproducts
- No organic ingredients
- No nitrates or other additives
- No preservatives
- No MSG or MSG-derivatives
- Brooklyn-based business (NJ-raised founder)
- Gluten Free
- Good Eggs (Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY)
- Haymarket (Brooklyn, NY)
Online Retailers (select):
- Yeah Dawg Vegan (ships nationwide as a case - 6 - packs of 6 dawgs)