Which goes better on a hot dog: ketchup or mustard? | The Tylt
Which goes better on a hot dog: ketchup or mustard?
Mustard is the age-old hot dog condiment. Whether you prefer brown, spicy or just regular yellow mustard is far less important than choosing mustard over ketchup always.
The tanginess of mustard—and sinus-clearing spice, if you do it right— pairs perfectly with the charred, juicy meat of a hot dog. Esquire's Sarah Rense has strong feelings on brown mustard in particular, saying:
So, mustard. Brown mustard (sometimes known as deli mustard) is a sinfully spiced pairing of tang and bite. It is the grown-ass condiment. It doesn't double as an ice cream topping.
Mustard on a hot dog is iconic—you can't get that perfect squiggle of sauce with ketchup.
Rense adds a note on ketchup to to defense of mustard, arguing:
Because a hot dog's savory, salty flavor shouldn't be sugar-coated, literally, with watery tomato sauce.
Michigan Daily food columnist Giancarlo Buonomo adds his own take on the ketchup-hot-dog flavor travesty, calling it a "universal condemnation." Per Chowhound:
Buonomo continues, calling it an “intuitively disgusting food pairing, like cinnamon in spaghetti sauce or blue cheese with chocolate syrup”—before he then refutes everything he just said, calling it all elitism.
Others feel ketchup is the superior condiment on a hot dog. Thrillist's Andy Kryza says he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that ketchup has the power to transform the barbecue staple:
But a squiggle [of ketchup] on a hot dog–especially a good hot dog–is magical, giving a little kick of sweetness and acidity that complements the smoked tube steak in wonderful ways. It adds a layer, not a blanket. And it's glorious.
There's no need to get elitist about our condiments; ketchup absolutely deserves a spot at the picnic table. Whether you're ketchup-obsessed or you only like to dabble in tomatoey goodness on occasion, there's no question that ketchup's slight sweetness provides the perfect contrast to a fresh-from-the-grill hot dog.