Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oh Snap: Trader Joe's Jumbo Uncured Beef Franks
The biggest problem with most hot dogs you get at the grocery store, even "gourmet" grocery stores, is that they lack snap. Snap is that sensation when your teeth break the natural casing of the dog and release the spicy juice inside. It's this snap that hot dog lovers live for, but it's sadly lacking in most supermarket dogs.
Trader Joe's has thrown a bone to all of the hot dog lovers out there with their new All Natural Jumbo Uncured Beef Franks. Made without nitrates, fillers or MSG, these babies have a natural casing that gives you that snappity snap. And jumbo is not an exaggeration. About five inches long and an inch in diameter, they cook up red, plump and juicy, ready to explode with a nicely spiced, slightly garlicky flavor.
You can grill them, but I like to throw them in a covered frying pan with about an eighth of an inch of water so they steam and grill at the same time.
Thanks Trader Joe's, just in time for summer!