Hot Piggity Dog

The JVF weenies are back from our little Polish weenie maker in Schulenberg. For our newest customers who have not enjoyed the JVF weenie, some explanation.

Years ago, we decided to make a hot dog weenie from our pastured and grass-fed pork and beef (the beef version is the “Farm-tastic Frank”). We of course wanted ours to be top-shelf stuff; no organ meats or other unmentionables, no drugs, no steroids; every bit of it from prime cuts raised in natural freedom. We refined the recipe over several attempts, made the labels, and went through the approval process with the state departments of health and agriculture. This version is our pork dog, made from the whole hams of our clean porkers. You can now eat hot dogs that are actually good for you.

A couple of notes. The only “manufactured” portion of the weenie is the casing, which is derived from protein sources and, we are told, contain nothing artificial. The other note is about nitrates. Texas is pretty darned conservative when it comes to preservatives. Try as we might, the state would not excuse us from including nitrates in our weenie, but they did allow us the very minimum amount. You can tell by the mild color that that is the case. The redder the weenie, the higher the nitrate content. You couldn’t call ours red at all. Pink is closer to it. But many will ask how other weenies in the store and on the web advertise as “nitrate-free”. Those dogs have substituted garlic powder and ground celery seed. Guess what – the result is the exact equivalent of nitrate you find in our weenie.

Other notes about nitrates. While we would rather not have them simply because they are a red flag to some, the fact is that their connection to any sort of disease is very weak; secondly, if you eat one or two of ours a month, you are nowhere near anyone’s suggested hazard level. My last comment is from Salatin, who also makes weenies, and who claims that grasses are a natural detoxicant, hence the nitrates are neutralized.

Best cooking method: fry in a skillet with butter; when the casing starts to blister on all sides, they are at their eating best.

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