Friday, May 13, 2011

Salt &Time: Artisan Twist on Dogs 'n Suds

As a general rule, you don't want to know what goes into hot dogs.

Remember the movie The Great Outdoors? Dan Aykroyd’s movie character rags John Candy’s character for ordering a hot dog, “You know what they’re made of, Chet? Lips and assholes!”

Real life is not quite that bad.

The USDA requires hot dog manufacturers to accurately label the ingredients in their dogs. “All beef” or “all pork” franks are available. Yet, conventionally-manufactured hot dogs also contain preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors and other chemicals common to heavily-processed meats. They also have nitrates, which increase the risk of heart disease and heart attack, as well as MSG, which may have its own health consequences.

Yet Americans won't give them up.

During Hot Dog Season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs or 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.

Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler, owners of Salt and Time offer us a healthier alternative.

They are making a craft-beer link of the month, available weekends, at the Barton Creek Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-1pm and at the HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 11am-3pm.

The first six artisan-breweries collaborating with Salt & Time are Jester KingReal AleLive OakThirsty PlanetSouthern Star, and Hops & Grain.
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