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Event Thu Jul 17 2014
ManBQue team. Photo by Brad Snyder.
After sampling all five inventive hot dog dishes and consuming many an Old Style tall boy, the consensus is that the second Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff was a delicious success.
ManBQue's hot dog dumplings. Photo by Brad Snyder.
Defending champions ManBQue took home both the Top Dog and the People's Choice awards with their impressive hot dog gyoza-- two handmade dumplings stuffed with hot dog, one dressed "Chicago Style" with celery salt, poppy seeds, relish, and homemade mustard, and the other an anti-Chicago spin topped with homemade siracha ketchup. While the very mention of "ketchup" generated some controversy, the judges were impressed by the effort put in to make 300 dumplings by hand.
Hong Kong-style hot dog buns from Fat Rice. Photo by Brad Snyder.
However, debate among judges was heated and it was a tough decision for all. Chef Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice wowed the crowd and took a close second place with his take on a traditional Hong Kong-style savory sausage-stuffed pastry, topped with coconut and mango jam. This little hot pocket of goodness offered the starchy comfort of a steam bun or pigs-in-a-blanket, but totally defied expectations with an explosion of unusual flavors. Leave it to Fat Rice to bring a Portugese-Chinese fusion take to the humble hot dog and totally knock it out of the park.
"Liquid piggies" and hot dog bubblegum from MakeItFor.Us. Photo by Brad Snyder.
Shaking up the competition with some food science, innovation start up MakeItFor.Us owner Moshe Tamssot made a smoked dog with his own "liquid piggy" BBQ sauce with a chaser of hot dog bubble gum. That's right, hot dog bubble gum.
Harmony Grill's buffalo cheese dogs. Photo by Brad Snyder.
"Pinche weenie" taco dogs by Gapers Block. Photo by Andrew Huff.
And rounding out the competition, the not-intimidated-by-professionals Team Gapers Block delivered a crowd-pleasing taco dog after Gus Paschalis of Wiener and Still Champion had to drop out due to appendicitis.
Get Up with the Get Downs. Photo by Brad Snyder.
Thanks to all the competitors, our sponsors Vienna Beef and Old Style, and to The Get Up With The Get Downs for a great show. Not only did we take the hot dog to weird and exciting new heights, we raised money for Reach Out and Read of Illinois while having a great time.
See you next year!
Bacon socks. Photo by Brad Snyder.