Here we have fewd in the simplest of forms: meat that is chopped and emulsified, squeezed into a tube shape, and smoked. Simple? Yes. Tasty? Absolutely. Cheap? You better believe it. If you aren’t familiar with Kroger’s new in-house brand Heritage Farms, you should check it out, or at the very least check out the smoked sausage. These things are killer, and they will only set you back less than four bucks for 14 jumbo sized links. They can be found at any Kroger brand store. Wichita happens to be loaded with Dillons (our local Kroger chain). So they are pretty easy to find.
Denny can vouch that we used to think a hot dog is a hot dog. We even went so far as to buy the Bar-S $1 a dozen dogs for our regular hot dog. This led to trying the Bar-S smoked sausage. They were OK, but left much to be desired. The Heritage Farm smoked sausages however are much better. The first thing you notice is the things are dripping with juice. Next is the texture. They actually have discernible chunks. Not so much that they could be called an actual sausage, but they are a far cry from a typical hot dog. The best analogy I can think of for these is that they remind us of the Hillshire Farm smoked sausages, just in hot dog size.
There are several ways you can go about cooking these bad boys. The simplest of course is the microwave. This is Denny’s favorite as it also happens to be the quickest and easiest way, HO HO. I’ve cooked them on the grill before and had them turn out great. Another way to get the grilled flavor without all the hassle of the grill is to just broil the damn things. A little aluminum foil on a sheet pan will even spare you from having to do any dishes.
And, if you are going to go with a Kroger brand smoked dog you might as well go with the Kroger brand buns, which is just fine for us at about a buck a pack. Let’s do the math kids. $4 + $1 + ketchup, mustard, and relish = lunch for days. Want to make it a party? Just add beer!