The Cincinnati Dog has asked its VIP Bloggers (and I happen to be included as one) to come up with hot dog recipes to celebrate baseball teams and cities. I grew up a fan of the Big Red Machine, and the Reds will always be my team!

The city of Cincinnati stands strongly behind its baseball team as well as its other establishments.  To honor a city where locals and transplants alike support each other, the Cincinnati Dog is a combination of parts from local providers, put together in a great way…

Findlay Market, the city’s longest open community market, is the heart of the Cincinnati Dog, which is fitting, as it’s also the starting point of the city’s annual parade on the Reds’ opening day.

Starting with the ‘bun’, Taste of Belgium makes Liege waffles, the ‘other’, and better, Belgian waffle.  These are dense and sweet, and great topped with just about anything.  Jean-Francois has opened his bistro in the heart of Cincinnati, only a few blocks from Findlay Market, where he first offered these amazing waffles.

Geotta ToB Dog

To transition from bun to dog, another Findlay Market that sells their products through the farmers market part of the community market is Fabulous Ferments.  Jennifer and Jordan have a shared passion for raw, healthy, sustainable and local foods, and they make several styles of fermented veggies.  They’re great people, too!  In talking with them, I discovered that there’s an Apple Cinnamon Cranberry kraut that sounded perfect for the Cincinnati Dog, so they gladly provided some to add to the effort.

Fab Ferments Kraut

The last local ingredient was also from a Findlay Market vendor, Mike’s Meats.  They make their own goetta, which is a Cincy area food that even has its own festival.  It’s a German concoction of pork sausage and steel-cut oats.  For the Cincinnati dog, I used Gliers Goetta Dogs, made in Cincy.

The only other addition was to drizzle a bit of maple syrup over the dog, adding a bit of sweetness to bring everything together, from a local farm, Clough Valley.

Thanks to Fab Ferments, Mike’s Meats and Taste of Belgium for being a part of the Cincinnati Dog!

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About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. No Cinncinati chili?! That’s Cinnful! :-P

    But seriously, nice work Curt.
    PatioDaddio recently posted..Hot & Fast Memphis-style Pulled PorkMy Profile

    • John,

      That was too easy, and already done really well by Skyline Chili. This was just a way to bring in some other, smaller food people in the city. All great products and really top people!
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  2. Now that’s an inspired dog! The waffle bun is not only “outside of the box thinking”, you set the box on fire. I have never heard of goetta before, do the oats give it a different texture than regular dogs?
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  3. I am a new convert to sauerkraut. I just gave Ms. Goofy a waffle maker for Valentines day. Great ingredients and yummy photos. Inspirational.

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