Though the term, “encased meats,” would make a vegetarian shudder, there’s no denying the simple joys associated with eating a hot dog. While the origins of the food are somewhat scattered and debatable at best, the dish has become an icon of American cuisine, seeing reinvention after reinvention but always somehow staying true the the basics. I know that the above photo is from Hot Doug’s, one of Chicago’s finest hot dog establishments, but we’re getting a group together to explore the meateries of Denver, CO and beyond.
I read a post I did a bit back on one of Denver’s finest when it come to encased meat, Biker Jim’s. Then, Jim only had two stands offering up exotic meats ranging from reindeer to elk, and buffalo to wild boar. Since then, he has moved into a brick and mortar and has turned his dream into an established reality. And this is where the Encased Meat Tour comes into play. It seems like Jim inspired Denver to open a slew of hot dog stands around the metro area. And we plan to hit them all this Summer.
I’ve gone ahead and set up the Facebook group which you can join here. All are welcome. The more the merrier. Bring your appetite and not your attitude. Etc, etc. If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, rants and / or raves, post em here or on the group wall. Also, should you feel the need to Tweet this, we’re using the hashtag #EMT2K11.
The fun kicks off July 10 at 2:00pm at Billy’s. A detailed schedule is to follow. Let the good times roll.
Summer, man. Encased meats.