National Hot Dog Council deems ketchup unfit for hot dogs

National Hot Dog Council Deems Ketchup Unfit for Hot Dogs

(Buzz60/Patrick Jones) -- If you like March Madness but don't really care for winter or basketball, there's a new bracket that might strike your fancy.

With summer — AKA grilling season — approaching, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is launching a bracket to determine the official hot dog condiment champion.

Here are the brackets choices: You got mustard, mayo, cole slaw, sauerkraut, chili, ketchup, bbq sauce and relish on one side.

Moving to the other of the bracket, you've got onions, pulled pork, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomato, bacon, pickle and cheese.

Now believe it or not, the Hot Dog Council may be a little biased. Even though they're letting us vote, they have a list of their own etiquette.

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National Hot Dog Council deems ketchup unfit for hot dogs

Hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and pickles. 

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Classic hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.

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A pair of hot dogs, fresh off of the campfire and topped with cheese, onions, chili and cilantro.

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The frankfurters in Sonic's new lineup all start with a grilled, all-beef hot dog inside a "soft, warm bakery bun," and are each differentiated by their fixings: the All-American Dog has ketchup, mustard, relish, and chopped raw onions (386 calories); the Chili Cheese Coney is topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese (420 calories); the New York Dog has spicy mustard, grilled onions, and sauerkraut (352 calories); and the Chicago Dog is topped with a pickle spear, relish, tomatoes, hot peppers, chopped raw onions, celery salt, and mustard, with poppy seeds on the bun (435 calories).

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Gourmet Grilled All Beef Hots Dogs with Sides and Chips

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Classic hot dogs on seeded buns with ketchup and mustard

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Kurobata Pork Dog and hot dog on white dish.

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Ketchup, mustard, onion and relish on a hot dog with US Flag.

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Grilled hot dog with raw red onions and spicy mustard.

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Three types of gourmet hot dogs. Zucchini, Pepper and onion with Chicken Dog, Sauerkraut, Beef Dog on Pretzel Baguette, Beef and Pork with shrimp, Avocado and Nori.

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Hot dog with relish, raw onions, chopped tomato, and fries.

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Some of their don'ts include putting toppings underneath the dog, because they're called "toppings," after all.

Then they insist you don't use utensils, which is admittedly a rookie move.

Also, don't take more than five bites to get that dog down your gullet. Channel your inner Kobayashi.

Instead, take fewer bites, but still attempt to chew. The council's regulations even allow us to lick any condiments off your fingers.

The big one that stands out though is that they say you cannot use ketchup after the age of 18.

But maybe they're the ones who need to "ketchup." It's 2016, after all, and we should all be able to use whatever condiments we like.

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