Rhett & Link Pick Their Favorite Hot Dogs

Who needs a bun or condiments when you can eat a hot dog with nothing but a little gumption and your bare hands? That’s how Rhett & Link set out to find the “Tippity Tippity Top Dog” you can buy at the grocery store. 

On the January 16, 2017, episode of Good Mythical Morning, Rhett & Link put eight brands of hot dogs through head-to-head (er, wiener-to-wiener) blind taste tests: Hebrew National, Ballpark, Applegate, Vienna Beef (shout out, Chicago peeps), Oscar Mayer, Nathan’s, Kirkland, and Snake River Farms, a purveyor of fancy Wagyu beef dogs. The guys couldn’t come to a consensus, so two dogs ended up sharing the tippity top spot: a Rhett dog and a Link dog. Two dogs are always better than one. (For even more hot dogs, check out the Sporked ranking too.)

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Rhett’s Pick: Snake River Farms American Wagyu Hot Dogs

Rhett was a fan of these 1 lb. monster hot dogs from first bite (especially when they were pitted against Applegate, which Rhett described as “the worst tasting hot dog I’ve ever had”). Link couldn’t get past the little twisty nubbin at the ends of the dogs: “That reminds me how they were made,” he said. “I don’t like that so much.” Undeterred by the nubbin, Rhett described this dog as “an achievement in hot dog making.”

Link seemed to be on the search for a classic, all-American dog (i.e. a dog without a nubbin), and found that in Ball Park franks. Since these down-home BBQ staples were pitted against Snake River Farms in the semi-final round, they actually didn’t make it to to the finals. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and Link bumped Nathan’s from the number two spot to crown these his favorites. “It’s got America injected into it,” Link said.

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About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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