It's Time to Roll Out the Hot Dogs for Summer

There's one universal sign that summer is here. Step outside into the yard on a nice afternoon, and you're likely to smell charcoal, a smoker, or some sort of grill. The return of outside dining and the joys of grilling and barbecuing are back.

According to a Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association survey, there are numbers to back up the popularity of grilling. In fact, almost two-thirds of all Americans own some sort of grill or smoker, and four of the biggest grilling days take place in the summer, Father's Day and the Fourth of July bookended by Memorial Day and Labor Day.

When people grill out, though, what are they cooking? The answer is simple... hot dogs. Dogs are the number one grilled item in America.

Hot dogs are a Fourth of July Tradition

Just about every year on Independence Day, just off the boardwalk at Coney Island on the corner of Surf and Stillwell, the masses come together. They're not showing up for the famous Cyclone roller coaster or for a Cyclone's baseball game just up the street. They're showing up to see some of the greatest competitive eaters in history. According to legend, it all began when four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest on July 4, 1916, and the rest is history.

Last year, the event went on despite the Covid pandemic, as the event was moved indoors. The results were much of the same, though. Joey Chestnut broke the world record with 75 hot dogs consumed, and Miki Sudo broke the women's record with 48.5 Simply put, it's 10 minutes to glory, and we're proud to play a small part in this great tradition as representatives of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs.

 

What is it about America's greatest grilled food?

nathans logoHot dogs. More than any other food type, hot dogs are the grilled product of choice for Americans, and Total Source is proud to provide America's great hot dog tradition -- Nathan's Famous.

Born on Coney Island to married Polish immigrants named Nathan and Ida, they opened a hot dog stand using Ida's grandmother's secret spice recipe and sold them for half the price of the competition. That was the inception of Nathan's, and more than 100 years later, it's been served to the British queen by President Roosevelt and more recently is the site of the infamous July 4th hot dog eating contest.

When you serve Nathan's, you're not just serving a hot dog. You're serving a story. Our partners at Nathan's have made it easy to help present that story, as we can provide a full range of marketing accessories for our customers located in Colorado to let everyone know you're serving Nathan's. Talk to a representative at Total Source to find out how you can become a Nathan's branded partner in Colorado.

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