Innovative Thinking – The Hot Dog – Blog 072

The Hot Dog

As we are talking so much about food, let me give you one other simple food hack, the hot dog.  Again, one of my favorite foods.  I know…  Please don’t send me hate-emails if you a vegetarian, vegan, with PETA, care about the Ozone, or my health.  I only eat the one a month or so.

I like mustard and relish on my hot dog and sauerkraut if it’s available.  By the way…  Never put ketchup on a hot dog.  Since I was born and raised near New York City we all know you never put ketchup on a hot dog is “unAmerican”.  And by the way, it’s spelled Ketchup, not Catsup.  It’s been spelled Ketchup since 1711.  :o)


Here’s the deal.  You start with the hot dog bun…

Sidebar:  I still don’t have a good answer as to why hot dog buns come in packs of 8, while hot dogs sell in packs of 10.  You would have to cook 40 hot dogs to make that come out even.


If you build a hot dog the way everyone else does and has done, you start with the bun and place the hot dog in the bottom of the bun.  then, you pile on the ingredients.  As you try to take your first bite, most of the ingredients fall off the hot dog and is now running down the front of your shirt and into your lap.  Not a good look.

It’s like to old joke when the man goes into the doctor’s office and says “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.”  And the doctor answers “Then stop doing that!”

If you want a delicious hot dog that doesn’t end up in your lap, build it upside down.  That’s right, upside down.  Start with your bun then place your sauerkraut in the bottom of the bun, then your mustard, then your relish.  Now, add your hot dog.

By building the hot dog upside down, the meat holds the rest of the sloppy stuff in the bun!  The only spilling you have to watch out for is the one end not in your mouth.


“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.“

-Winston Churchill


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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