Hot Dogs – The Other White Meat

Catching up on the new season of Top Chef I realized I had a post I never finished from Rochester–white hot dogs. Growing up we were a Zweigle’s family and nearly always had a combo pack of red and white hot dogs in the fridge. It wasn’t until I moved to Boston to attend college that I (sadly) realized that white hot dogs are not widely availble, or even known, throughout most of the country.

The white hot dog, a combination of pork, beef and veal, has a mild flavor close to that of a bratwurst, but with the soft texture of a hot dog. Other producers of this variety include Hofmann out of Syracuse and Wegman’s store brand.

Upstate NY food bloggers–perhaps we can have a meetup this summer when I’m back home. Thinking we could do a littl hot dog cooking and sampling, as well as a few trips to some of the many diners that dot the landscape between Albany and Buffalo.


  1. December 30th, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    Interesting. I never heard of that before but I’d give pretty much anything a try once!

  2. Karla
    January 17th, 2009 | 12:37 pm

    We grew up in Rochester and oh, how we LOVE those white hots! Our father used to buy the combo pack as well…now that we live in California, before the days of the internet, we’d always require ANYONE traveling from Rochester to So. CA to bring white hots!!! We are planning a family reunion and these will order the whote hots as a cornerstone of our menu to celebrate our German heritage…can’t wait to taste them again!

  3. Teresa
    February 5th, 2009 | 11:16 am

    This post is exciting, because I am from Syracuse! Whenever I go home, I always put Hoffman Hot Haus, DBBQ (Dinosaur BBQ), Wegmans, and salt potatoes on the list of things/places I can’t find elsewhere.

  4. MIck Stell
    November 30th, 2010 | 5:54 pm

    Born and raised in Sodus and Sodus Point, NY, I had the opportunity of having a white hot or porker any time I desired. Now that I’m out in California, the scrumptious little devils are a rare treat; but I was home this past summer and brought back on my return flight(2)three pound packs of Zweigles pork hots. I’m now down to only two pounds remaining and I’m starting to panic. What to do?!