Hot Dog Etiquette

The Slaw of the Land: West Virginia Hot Dog Map

Cole slaw on hot dogs? Ugh.

[I]t has this to say about ketchup on hot dogs: “There are many reasons why one shouldn’t eat ketchup on a hot dog any hot dog.First, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s Hot Dog Etiquette rules dictate that no one over 18 should ever eat ketchup on a hot dog. Ketchup is destructive of all that is right and just about a properly assembled hot dog since its sweetness and acidic taste overpowers food and disguises its true flavor.”

Yes, there is a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, and they do have etiquette rules. I guess I’m an outlaw or a rebel, because I like ketchup. (Cole slaw is OK, but ketchup is taboo?) But the actual admonishment is “Don’t use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18.” I never eat 18-year-old hot dogs, though. That would just be weird.