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A Hot Dog Is Not a Sandwich and We Don’t Care What Anyone Says

By Pippa Raga

My favorite part of BBQs has always been the hot dogs. Sure, drinking outside is nice, and sharing conversation with friends is always pleasant, but what's better than links of encased meat topped with mustard, sauerkraut and, if you're lucky, some red onion sauce. Don't even get me started on the philistines who insist on putting ketchup on their weiners. Ew!

A polarizing debate broke out among friends at the last BBQ I went to, when someone made the audacious and IMHO annoying-for-the-sake-of-being-annoying claim that a hot dog was their favorite type of sandwich. 

Now, hot dogs are my favorite food, so I'm all for ranking it super high up on the chain, but is a hot dog a sandwich? Really?! That they would condescend to classify it as a one was, to me, extremely upsetting. And you don't want to upset a hot dog fan.

I know it seems petty to jeopardize a perfectly amicable relationship with a friend of many years over a hot dog, but it was the kind of offensive statement that truly made me question whether the two of us even had anything in common anymore. 

What's the next insane topic this guy's going to want to debate? Whether a taco is a sandwich? Is a ravioli a dumpling? If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound? 

Scroll down for very convincing reasons why a hot dog is not a sandwich.