Check out the full reviews of the best hot dogs from Good Housekeeping. "No matter if you wait in line at Ben's or just grab a half-smoke from a street cart, it would be a shame to visit D.C. without tasting one." Prep your frank. Best Beef: Niman Ranch Fearless Franks Uncured Beef Hot Dogs Made with 100 percent choice Angus beef, these premium hickory-smoked franks are seasoned with paprika, mustard, and garlic for robust flavor in every bite. We tasted all-beef hot dogs to find the most delicious. We tasted hot dog after hot dog after hot dog (Nathan's, Sabrett, and Hebrew National, to name a few) to determine the best frank of all. By some definitions, it's not technically a hot dog. Wrap it in a paper towel and place it directly in the microwave or put the hot dog on a plate and cover it with a paper towel. 1. Smoked hot dogs are great my kids dont like grilled hot dogs cause of the grill marks but they will eat the fool out of smoked ones. I smoked hot dogs once (for 2 hours), and there was very little smoke flavor. Location: Chicago, Illinois Founded: 1893 Website: Basic wiener appeal: The all-beef frank is ubiquitous in Chicago–80% of city’s hot dog vendors serve Vienna Beef products. A Chicago-Style Dog or Chicago Dog is usually boiled, but we chose to steam ours—it gives the hot dog a good snap, and the steamed buns are warm and squishy in the best way possible. level 1. [Art and photographs: Hawk Krall] The half-smoke is Washington D.C.'s signature street food, but nearly impossible to find outside of the D.C. area. Their hickory-smoked dogs are made with brisket trimmings and lean bull and cow meat. Easiest and best dogs you'll ever do.250-275 (indirect heat) with a couple of wood chunks...45 min. to an hour later heaven. I smoked a flank steak and cut it into small bite size chunks and made a slow cooked chile with it gave it that nice smoked flavor put that over some smoked hot dogs and I was in smoke heaven. The best thing about microwaving hot dogs is that you can have one ready to go in under a minute. Use it to make: A classic Chicago-style dog. The paper towel traps the moisture that escapes from the hot dog as it cooks, keeping it nice and juicy.