Where did grilling get ingrained in their machismo? It’s there, from open-fire cooking for survival to boys and their heavy metal grilling toys! Even a man like my husband who’s intimidated by a kitchen recipe with more than three ingredients will proudly reign as king of the outdoor grill, as if pushing that fuel button to light the thing up suddenly imbibes him with the expert ability to prepare a gourmet feast!
He was somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that the queen of the household would be taking over his grill this summer — that #GirlsWhoGrill might put more attention onto the quality of the food cooking on it. His machismo is a bit threatened.
For me as a parent, I care about ingredients, while I don’t plan on taking away anyone’s summer fun. Hot dogs have been around a long time as a grilling favorite. So, while I won’t be serving these every week, they’re a once-in-a-while summer treat that my kids & husband want.
What’s the difference between these and your typical dogs?
- Quality meats raised with humane practices & without antibiotics
- 100% grass-fed beef
- All Applegate products going non-GMO in summer 2015
- Meat as the main ingredient, without junk fillers or added sugars or corn syrups
- No chemical preservatives
- No added nitrites (only those naturally occurring in celery)
- Lower than many other hot dogs in sugar, sodium and fat
Most importantly, these Applegate hot dogs taste great! Mind you, they’re not as fatty and sweet tasting as some leading weiners because they’re not relying on those junk ingredients to boost their appeal. These are a real meat lover’s hot dog. We recently grilled the uncured, natural beef weiners from Applegate, dressed up with Sir Kensington’s ketchup and mustard atop yummy buns from Vermont Bread Company.
I understand that some food purists want to avoid processed meats altogether, and that’s an honorable goal. At our house, the family is going to demand the convenience and fun of something like hot dogs sometimes. This is the best quality product of this kind that I can give them.
Some of you who’ve championed small farmers (I’ll always be a family farm girl myself, grew up showing hogs at the fair) and supported independent food companies are understandably skeptical, too about Applegate’s recent acquisition by food giant Hormel. Here’s an excerpt from the letter that Applegate’s founder, Stephen McDonnell, wrote about that:
The acquisition will not change our positions on any of the important issues. We will continue to support labeling for GMO ingredients. We will continue to push to remove antibiotics from the farm and to improve the animal welfare standards in our supply chain.
This is all easy to say, of course. So I don’t ask you to take me at my word. Just watch what we do. Our products and practices will remain the same–and some will improve. For instance, as of this month 100 percent of our beef for hot dogs and roast beef will come from pasture raised and grass fed cattle. In addition, by this summer we will have converted 100% of our products to be free of GMO ingredients.
Family fun, laid back summer times, even giving the man another macho turn at the grill — it’s all part of life. When I make food purchases, I still care about what’s inside, so choosing a brand like Applegate whenever I can find a coupon for it is still part of my #CleanCouponing strategy.
You have a chance to enter below for your very own Applegate grilling kit, complete with a meat thermometer, apron, grilling mitt and great food!
As always, my opinions are my own, even when sharing sponsored posts like this.