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Trying to make something bigger — not to say better — than the next guy is almost as American as hot dogs. So there may be little quite so American as the gargantuan frankfurter served up Friday at the Miami-Dade County Fair with the goal of grabbing the Guinness record for the world’s largest commercially available hot dog.
The humongous wiener tipped the scales at 125.5 pounds, including the huge bun and heaping portions of ketchup, mustard, relish and sliced onions, according to the Miami Herald. Devoid of bun and condiments — “naked,” as the newspaper put it — the dawg weighed 51 pounds.
Created by Juicy’s Outlaw Grill, whose founder already holds the Guinness World Record for the largest commercially available hamburger, the ultra-large link was cooked for three hours on a 100-foot-long, 20-foot-tall, 27-ton mobile grill. (You can see the giant dog, which has yet to be certified by Guinness, cooking on the grill here.)
Once grilled to sizeable perfection, the mega-frank (now available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and parties, for $1,000 a pop) was then sliced into pieces and sold to curious fairgoers for $1 per sample — not a bad price for big-dog bragging rights. Proceeds were donated to Miami Rescue Mission, a local organization that helps the homeless.
Juicy’s owner, Brett Enright, told the Herald he hoped the current holder of the biggest commercially available hot dog title, Chicago entrepreneur Dan Abbate, who makes the 7-pound, 16-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter Big Hot Dog, would try to snatch the record back. In that case, Brett says, he’d make an even bigger dog and top him again. Talk about a dogfight.
In the mood to make a dawg of your own, more modest in scale, if not in flavor? Here are some ideas.