Wednesday, August 17, 2016

VBT Progressive Field: The Ricky Vaughn

Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn; the greatest pitcher that never was. If you don't know who he is, I question your dedication to the sport of baseball. He helped propel the Cleveland Indians to a division championship in the 1990s. Google him, respect him, honor him. He made the Indians hip when they weren't.

In honor of Ricky, I have designed a hot dog for the Cleveland Indians I call The Ricky Vaughn. Catchy no? Ricky could bring 100mph heat and stay cool as a cucumber while on the mound, and I combine these two qualities on the dog.

Start by laying in a delicious Hebrew National all-beef frank, top it with sliced cucumber and horseradish. And here is the important part: slather on some Bertman's Ballpark Mustard. Bertman's is only available in the greater Cleveland area and has been a hot dog condiment stalwart for decades. It is what makes hot dogs in Cleveland special. You can order some from the company, but for today you can use the spicy mustard of your choice. I, of course, have a stash of Bertman's mustard in my cache of condiments.

This is the one hot dog that, if you get food all over your shirt it is okay. Ricky had control issues as well.

Beer pairing. Any beer from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewery will do, but the crisp and cold taste of the Dortmunder Lager is recommended. 

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