By George Watson
Shoulder to Shoulder Communications
Store Manager David Ireland was a little unsure when someone suggested bringing the Sonoran Hot Dog to his Ranch Market in North Redlands.
But Ireland strives to ensure his store offers items you won’t find in traditional grocery markets. So two months ago he figured it was worth a try to sell the bacon-wrapped hot dog that is covered with a slew of other tantalizing items.
“At first when I ordered one, I thought I would just get it how I liked it, but then I realized I really needed to try it as it's supposed to be made,” Ireland said. “And you know what? It was delicious.”
Thursdays are now Sonoran Hot Dog day at the market, and interest in them picks up every week, Ireland said.
“They are definitely different, but man, they really are good,” Ireland said.
In addition to being grilled after being wrapped in bacon, the Sonoran Hot Dog is topped with pinto beans, tomatoes, green salsa, mustard, jalapeno, mayonnaise, avocado and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. It sits on a bolillo-style bun.
There seems to be no official record of where the Sonoran hot dog originated.
According to a NBC News story, “One popular theory is that it was first sold at baseball games in Sonora, Mexico, in the 1940s. Baseball is a popular sport there. Another theory is that a traveling circus brought it to Sonora even before that.”
Regardless of where they came from, the Sonoran hot dog has begun to trend.
What exactly is it?
You take a hot dog, wrap it in bacon and grill it.
We have your full attention now, don't we?
Put it in a bolillo, fresh, soft and warm from the bakery.
Then you scoop on toppings of your choice: pinto beans, tomatoes, green salsa, mustard, jalapenos, mayo, avocados and cotija cheese.
Then you fight off everyone who wants a bite.
That's yours, man. You earned it.