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such as mechanically separated turkey and corn syrup.
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That's not the case with the locally made hot dogs that Foothills Farm and Butchery recently began to sell in the meat case at its Black Mountain store.
"We know people love them," she said. "It's a basic American thing, and for us a lot of the impetus behind the shop in the first place is real food."
Wondering what specific parts those hot dogs contain? You aren't alone.
"A lot of people think that hot dogs are made of the worst parts of the animal," McKissick said. But the pork product that people love to pan is something that's been "bastardized" over the years, she said.
The blend is then emulsified with quite a lot of pork fat to give it a smooth texture. If you're looking for a lean hot dog, this isn't it. Foothills ups the fat ante by topping its dogs with bacon pimento cheese (we've provided a pimento cheese and a pickled onion recipe if you'd like to try your hand at recreating them at home).
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"It doesn't really need to be," she said. "A hot dog is one of the easiest forms of charcuterie. It's really just a whole lot like sausage."
At any rate, frankfurters didn't make it to the United States until the middle of the 19th century, borne on a wave of German immigration. But by the 1920s, Americanized versions of the original hot dogs had become a popular item, in all of their mass produced glory. will chow down on more than 150 million Fourth of July hot dogs.
The shop has the throwback vibe of a traditional butchery, with the sensibilities of a city locavore joint.
The Black Mountain butchers also double as sandwich makers and turn out stellar cheese steaks, hot dogs and the like from a small pass through window.
Those hot dogs are as local as anything else in the shop. To make the dogs, Foothills blends meat from its own farm raised pigs with Wilkes County's Apple Brandy Farms beef. The meat then goes into a casing and is smoked in house.
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In fact, a hot dog technically is a sausage, one of the earliest forms of charcuterie. According to the Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the frankfurter is said to have originated in some form in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1487. Others say it was created in the late 1600s by Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, Germany.
Black Mountain butchery makes local hot dogs
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Helms is a bit of a hot dog aficionado in his own right: He was also the executive chef of Frank, an artisan hot dog and sausage restaurant in Austin, Texas.
What goes into the grinder at Foothills is similar to what the store uses for its ground meat products, like burgers and sausage.
Stop by Foothills at the right time and you can see Matt Helms, head hot dog maker in charge (among other things), passing perfectly wholesome looking pieces of meat through a sausage maker and into a roll of beef collagen casing, selected specifically for its "snap" one of the qualities hot dog aficionados consider important in a good dog.
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Meredith McKissick, co owner of the Old Fort farm and the Black Mountain butcher shop, said that she and her husband, Casey, were driven to create the dogs in response to requests for a more wholesome product.
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"I've had a lot of practice," he said. "I've been making sausage for a while and practice makes perfect."
Of course, most will be mass produced to keep up with America's insatiable hunger for dogs. Since Foothills makes theirs on a much smaller scale, the shop is able to dial its recipe back to the days before mechanically separated turkey.
The store sells meat from its own farm, as well as from other local producers. Some of those meat sources can even be visited by appointment, if you're the type who takes "getting to know your food" literally.
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