I caused a bit of a stir yesterday with the term “snouts and tails” for the hotdogs I prefer. Let me explain:
The origin of Snouts and Tails:
Snouts and tails is a phrase that describes my favorite hot dogs. Given a choice of a hamburger or a hotdog at a picnic I always ask, “Are they snouts and tails or all-beef dogs?” If the answer is all beef, I go with the hamburger and LOTS of condiments. If the dogs are snouts and tails, I’ll go with the dog. Snouts and Tails is the phrase I use for a hotdog that is not made from all one meat. A beef hotdog is a beef dog and a turkey hotdog is a turkey dog, but the very best tasting dogs are snouts and tails dogs!
Snouts and Tails is a totally Nani term. I had heard too many times the question, “Do you know what in those things?” from hotdog haters, all-beef fans and self-ordained nutritionists. Yes, I know what’s in them. It’s written on the package and all hotdogs that aren’t all beef or turkey have pretty much the same basic ingredients.
If there was anything dangerous in a hotdog, the FDA would not let it be sold in the USA.
I KNOW that hotdogs are not heath food. Neither is milk chocolate or frankly carrots if you eat a couple bushels. I was tired of the idiocy of being judgmental about someone else’s food choice. As if a hotdog could make someone inferior or superior?? I was also tired of the naive regurgitation of senseless urban legends, “everything leftover from the pig goes into a hotdog.” So, I started happily calling my favorite hotdogs “snouts and tails dogs.” When I said I was eating snouts and tails or when I used that as my smiling answer when asked that worn out question, they stopped asking me. I thought it was a fun term and have used it for many years, so I don’t think about the fact that snouts and tails isn’t a common way to say “hotdog.” I think of it as, although a little more obscure, colloquial like soda vs. pop or lollipop vs. sucker.
So, if your hotdog has more than one meat in the ingredients, or if there is a choice between a hotdog and an all-beef hotdogs at an event and you chose the cheaper one, you’ve got yourself a snouts and tails dog. YUM! Enjoy it!
I leave you with my favorite ad for Ball Park Franks from my childhood. It was in the Tigers game programs and I always looked for it. Fun!