2005-05-25 / Features

New Bison Hot Dogs Give Backyard BBQ A Twist

Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with 150 million of them being consumed on July 4 alone. As the summer grilling season heats up, Abeles & Heymann Gourmet Kosher Provisions (A&H) introduces their new kosher bison hot dogs that offer a unique, great tasting alternative to the traditional hot dog.

Millions of Americans consider themselves hot dog lovers and the statistics bear this out:

• The National Hot Dog Council estimates Americans will consume more than 2 billion hot dogs during National Hot Dog Month this July.

• Nearly half of all Americans eat hot dogs once a month.

• Americans prefer hot dogs grilled outdoors (41 percent) to steaming or boiling them (31 percent).

• 60 percent of Americans will eat hot dogs in their back yards this summer

The A&H bison hot dog will follow in the time honored A&H tradition of premium taste, texture, and quality but also offer A&H devotees and hot dog lovers a healthier, great tasting version of the traditional hot dog. The bison hot dogs are part of A & H’s new line of kosher bison deli products which also includes bison salami, knockwurst, corned beef and pastrami. For an even more enticing way to enjoy the new A & H bison line, try A & H Barbeque Bison Dogs.

“We are pleased to offer our customers these new bison deli meats and hot dogs,” Seth Leavitt and David Flamholz, co-presidents of Abeles & Heymann Gourmet Kosher Provisions, said. “As the summer season begins and people fire up their backyard barbeques, we are sure that hot dog enthusiasts will enjoy the great taste and juiciness of the new A & H Bison Frankfurters.”

Founded in 1954 by Oscar Abeles and his nephew Leopold Heymann, Abeles & Heymann has been dedicated to producing the highest quality delectable, gourmet kosher hot dog for 50 years. Once found only in select butcher shops in New York and New Jersey, A & H Beef Frankfurters are now available nationwide and are a favorite among consumers--taking first place in two recent taste tests and beating major national brands.*

In 1997, Seth Leavitt and David Flamholz purchased Abeles and Heymann. Together they have carried on the founding family’s high standards for quality and taste, and its mission to provide the finest kosher deli products possible. Under the leadership of Leavitt and Flamholz, A & H has grown from a small, niche brand to a company with a national following, and sales that have grown five-fold. The A&H bison hot dog is Leavitt and Flamholz’s latest innovation, and its introduction to the market reflects the continuing A&H quest to ascend to the top of the hot dog industry.

*Taste tests were published in The Forward newspaper in July 2004 and in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in April 2005.

A & H Barbeque Bison Dogs

Ingredients:

2 packages A & H Bison Hot Dogs

3/4 cup chopped onion

1/8 cup canola oil to sauté onions

1-1/2 cup chopped celery

1-1/2 cup ketchup

3/4 cup water

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons Kosher vinegar

1 tablespoon Kosher Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons A & H yellow mustard

16 hot dog buns

In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion in canola oil until tender. Add celery, ketchup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, kosher Worcestershire sauce and A & H mustard; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Cut three 1/4-inch deep slits on each side of A & H Bison Hot Dogs; place in a 2-1/2 quart baking dish. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs.

Cover and bake at 350°F. for 40 minutes or until heated through. Place in buns and serve.

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