|Adult hot dogs at Wegmans|
Basically, I want adult hot dogs. Or sausages. Those will work for my plan to throw stuff on the grill and not worry myself with custom orders.
Over the past few years, I have become a chicken sausage fan. All the flavor, a fraction of the fat from pork sausages. The Harris Teeter spicy Italian sausage has been a staple, and I always pick up a half-dozen when I can get to the deli at Whole Foods. Plus, I have advocated sausages from Laurel Meat Market, Boarman's, Family Market and others as your gateway drug to trying new markets.
My recent discovery was Hartmann's hot dogs at the far end of the deli at Wegmans. They're cooked through when you buy them. You just heat them on the grill, and they had a peppery, adult flavor -- absolutely worth whatever fat and other items are ground into the dog. They actually taste smoked.
What should I try? I will probably sample a few of the other Wegmans offerings. They seem to tend towards European sausages with German names. I'll probably splurge on a few Laurel Meat Market spicy Italians to split with friends. And I'll try to get up to Oella for the best hot dog bun that you'll ever find.
What else do you recommend? What do people buy at J.W. Trueth? Anything from a package? I have been burned by so many pre-packaged sausages. Even expensive brands can be bland and slimy.
(Update: Last month, people put some nice advice in the comments to the hot dog bun post.)