The Chicago hot dog is easy and quick to make, but you have to have the correct quality ingredients. Just take it from “TL” at Baby Al’s Chicago Dog in Lilburn, Georgia.
A Little Piece of Chicago
“Atlanta is a transplant city. If you stopped people on the streets I bet 9 out of every 10 would be from somewhere else and two of them would be from Chicago. So people are always looking for Chicago-style things. You know, Chicago dogs, Italian beefs, real Vienna dogs. So I decided that I would do it because we found a lot of restaurants just not doing it right. Instead of Chicago style there would be some guy from Detroit going to a restaurant depot. And I would think, “Buddy, this tastes like bologna.” Some things you can’t get out of a store. And they would say, “It’s real beef. It comes from Chicago.” But what he meant was that he buys it from someone who freezes it and ships it over. Then he thaws it and then serves it to me. But I cook and cut my beef every day. In fact, I just fired it up, so you’re about to start smelling it in a minute.”
The Perfect Chicago Dog
- 1 Vienna Beef hot dog
- 1 Poppy seed hot dog bun
- 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 2 tsp. sweet green Chicago-style relish
- 2 tomato slices
- 2 sport peppers
- 1 kosher dill pickle spear
- 1 tbsp. diced onion
- 1 dash celery salt
Heat hot dog in pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from pot.
Place screen over top of pot. Place bun on top to steam for about 1 minute. You may also use a steamer basket for this step.
Add hot dog to bun. Top with relish, onions and mustard.
Arrange slices of tomato, pickles, and peppers on top.
Sprinkle top with celery salt
The Key Ingredients
The ingredients that go into a Chicago dog are traditionally from the Chicago-based Vienna Beef company. You can get the buns, dogs, peppers, and special sweet green relish on their website. Conveniently they are also available through Amazon!
What other food hails from the Windy City? Read more of the stories behind the Chicago-style food at Baby Al’s.
TL was inspired from his childhood experiences to start his restaurant. Read the story here.