Re: National Survey
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 13:53:21 -0400
On Thu, 8 Aug 1996, Michael F. Bowman wrote:
Mike, Mike, Mike!
> Here's another question along the same line - what do folks call hot dogs
> around the country? I've heard:
> Hot Dogs
> Half-smokeds (I'd hate to get whole smokeds) :-)[Bigger and spicier]
A half-smoked is NOT by any stretch of imagination similar to Hot dogs,
wienies, or frankfurters (pick whichever you want to call 'em).
A half-smoked sausage is first off, a real sausage. It is then
(traditionally at least, God knows how they do it now!) left in the
smoke-house half as long as a smoked sausage... hence, oddly enough, the
name. They are LONGER than even the "great eights" ... somewhere in
length between a Bun-sized 'dog and a foot-long 'dog. They are somewhat
thicker than a Great eight, they are spicy. And, of course, being a real
sausage, they have lumps of stuff, not a smooth filling, inside.
For a real taste sensation, a Half-smoke covered with BBQ sauce and
grilled will rouse your tastebuds! <G>
Cheryl -- who learned this from the Swedish part of the family who lived
amid the Poles near Altoona PA.
BTW: A half-smoked and a Boudin also have little in common.
And I apologize to the non-Yanks, but translating the long 'graph into
A regular hot dog is under an inch in diameter; a half-smoke is more like
1.5 to 2 inches; a great-eight is somewhere inbetween. Regular is about 6
inches, buns are 8 inches, and foot-longs are 11 inches. <G>
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