A decade ago, our panelists tried seven brands of beef franks to help consumers wade through the sea of options for grilling hot dogs that Fourth of July. This year, to mark our 10th anniversary, judges revisited the grocery store refrigerators and found 11 hot dog varieties to try. Whether our taste buds have changed or the quality of the dogs has improved, the loser 10 years ago (Publix) received the highest score this time around. Similarly, the winning dogs from our previous tasting (Nathan's) didn't make the cut in our recent sampling. We prepared all of the dogs on a stovetop grill and sampled them sans buns or condiments.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent