While you are watching the condiments duke it out on the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) Facebook page, you might be wondering if this is the first hot dog contest they have sponsored. The first NHDSC dog duke out was last year when regional hot dog and sausages vied for the revered spot of "top dog."
Many well known styles of dogs were compared by fans of the wiener including the venerable Coney and the vaunted Chicago style dog. Who won? See the bracket below for the 2013 results. The West Virginia version was the "underdog" (I couldn't resist) but talent and taste bested the better known competitors.
In case you missed it, I grew up in West Virginia and can vouch for the tastiness of the winner. If you have never had one take a detour on your next road trip and stop by one of the quaint small town hot dog joints for one of Appalachia's true treasures....the (now world renown) West Virginia Hot Dog.