About this Site

    This site is about Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Vending. We've all seen the vendors at the mall, fair, park, and everywhere else that people gather. I love the smells of the dogs and all the other good stuff they offer. Italian sausage, peppers, you know what I'm talking about. Someday I hope to have my own cart to sell dogs. I'm thinking this could be something I'd do in retirement. After searching the web for information about Hot Dog Vending, I found that the information was out there but it was scattered all over the place. This site and forum is a way for me to learn the business and hopefully others can learn along with me.

    So come on! Let's get started! Jump on into the forum and introduce yourself.

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featuredimage Connecticut Hot Dog Tour Apparently Connecticut has a love for hot dogs that is reflected not only in their unique hot dog stands, but ...

featuredimage Hot Dogs with Heart This article is a few weeks old but I think it's still worth mentioning.  Hot Dogs with Heart is an ...

featuredimage Wood Fired Oven Trailer Hats off to Angus and Andrew Davidson who filed a patent for a wood fired oven trailer last year.  This ...

featuredimage Ann Arbor Art Fair The Ann Arbor Art Fair is comprised of four nationally recognized, award winning, juried art fairs that ...

featuredimage Monster Garage Hot Dog Cart Dragster Jesse James focuses his talent on a hot dog stand!  Why you ask?  Why not! Worlds fastest hot dog cart built ...

featuredimage Cooking Temperatures Here’s a statistic that should entice you to read this article.  Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control ...

featuredimage Kielbasa Kiełbasa is the Polish word for sausage. The word has become a commonly used North American term for Eastern European ...

featuredimage Vegetarian Hot Dog A vegetarian hot dog (sometimes referred to as a "veggie dog") is a hot dog produced completely from non-meat products. Vegetarian ...

featuredimage The Grillwalker Check out this interesting "vending cart".  The story is that this guy invented this thing to get around the local ...

featuredimage Hot Dog Statistics According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, consumers spent more than $3.4 billion on hot dogs and sausages in ...

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featuredimage Hillbilly Hotdog Now here's a real whopper of a hotdog!  Check this thing out.  I'm embarrassed to say, but i think I ...

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Tecumseh Appleumkin 2010

Every Fall Tecumseh MI holds their Applumkin Festival.  It’s sort of an art fair with live some music and plenty of mobile food vendors.  I make sure to attend every year because of the wide variety of vendors that show up.  Also, it’s a great time of year to be out since it’s held in [...]


The Forum part of the Hot Dog Forum

Well folks, if you hadn’t noticied, I had to pull the plug on the Forum.  I have to declare that the spammers won the war over the Simple Machines forum I was using.  It became too much of a hassle to sort out the legit posts from the spam ones.  I apologize if you had an [...]


The Unique WillyDog Cart

I’ve actually seen one of these in person.  My town has a Fall arts and crafts fair that has a wide variety of food vendors all up and down the street.  This particular cart was there and appeared to be doing pretty good business.  The great thing about it is that from a distance, you [...]


Connecticut Hot Dog Tour

Apparently Connecticut has a love for hot dogs that is reflected not only in their unique hot dog stands, but in their willingness to make a documentary about them.  See the trailer for a film about the unique hotdog stands in Connecticut.  I had no idea but I suddently have a desire to travel to [...]


Bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors lose customers when they go legit

Interesting article about how a hotdog vendor (Caleb Zigas) saw declining sales when forced to use an enclosed van to cook her bacon wrapped dogs.  When she placed a hot dog cart in front of the van, sales more than tripled!   The fancy trailer became mostly a backdrop. It was the best of both worlds [...]


Hot Dogs with Heart

This article is a few weeks old but I think it’s still worth mentioning.  Hot Dogs with Heart is an organization that Gene Hildreth started while working his full time job as a business broker.  If you’re struggling with trying to figure out how to start your business while keeping your day job, you should [...]


Wood Fired Oven Trailer

Hats off to Angus and Andrew Davidson who filed a patent for a wood fired oven trailer last year.  This things is pretty cool!  I’d love to see some pictures of the real thing but at the moment I’ll settle for the figures that are provided in the patent.   Here’s the link to the patent [...]


License and Fees Associated with the Hot Dog Business

When starting a hot dog business there are cost that you will endure just as you would with any business. These are the four main cost associated with the legals aspect of the business. The first thing you should take care of is getting your food handlers permit. You will need this before you will [...]


Hot Dog Business

I was down at the Ann Arbor Art Fair today and was pretty much able to see the whole thing. That’s saying a lot because this event is HUGE! I bet I walked at least 3 miles in my attempt to see all the wonderful displays of art on sale. Now, I have to admit, [...]


Hot Dog Cart Business

If your interested in starting a hot dog cart business you might be interested in my 5 day email course I’m currently working on.  The email series is intented to give you a big picture view of what you need to do and think about in order to start your hot dog cart business the [...]


Best Bratwurst

If you’re like me your a huge bratwurst fan.  So who has the best bratwurst out there?  I’m pretty lucky that I have a local meat counter that makes their own bratwurst.  You can get them freshly made with all sorts of different stuff in them.  They have some with Jalapenos and cheese, spinach, and [...]


Hot Dog Stand for Sale!

If you’re selling a used hot dog stand, drop me a line using the contact form.  I have several people currently looking for opportunities to get started and would be interested in what you have.  I’ll need to know the manufacturer of the cart, specs, photo’s, age, and anything else that may be helpful to [...]


Hotdog Vending Courses

If you hadn’t noticed I added a couple of hotdog vending sponsors to the site.  These guys are experienced in the hotdog vending world and each offer an excellent program for both the newcomer to the hotdog world and experienced hotdoggers alike.  Like most businesses this is very competitive.  You need to be ready to [...]


Hotdog Cart Location Ideas

If you’re considering a hotdog vending business, sooner or later your going to have to decide where to put your cart.  Now, of course, you don’t have to put your cart in the same place all the time but it definitely helps to have a list of places to start your brainstorming.  Well, here’s a [...]


Hot Dog Profit Model

Interesting data I saw over at TopDogCarts.  I’d be interested in seeing this table expanded over the initial cost of the equipment.  I don’t know that an “elcheapo” cart that you could do 100 dogs a day would be capable of doing 300 dogs a day.  There may be some upgrades to improve your hotdog [...]


Scott Vassil – Hot Dog Vendor

Here’s a little profile of Scott Vassil featured on Working for a Living. While the video is a little old (6 years) it shows what it’s all about. [youtube]Lq-okt967Ko[/youtube]


Hot Dog Vendor Sells Hot Dogs (only…lol)

A little vendor humor for those considering selling hot dogs. It might be a good idea to sell things to go with them! [youtube]fJ8Xp6apyX8[/youtube]


How to Become a Hot Dog Vendor in 4 Steps

Considering a career in hot dog vending? Here’s how to become a hot dog vendor in 4 painless steps. Step 1: Street Licence  You will have to check if a licence is required within your area in order to become a street seller. In order to do this, the easiest way is to contact your [...]


Smoked Kielbasa

There is so much misunderstanding about definition of Polish Sausage that I would like to uncover some of the mystery… People in Poland are not going to say “sausage” – they are going to say “Kielbasa”. There is not one universal sausage (kielbasa) – I have a list of 55 different sausages made in Poland [...]


First Vending Cart Patent

I was playing around with the new Google Patents search feature and thought I’d try to find the first vending cart patent.  I found this one which is titled Vending Cart from 1926.  The inventor is Frances E. Coffey from Kansas City.  The cart has provisions for an ice box, cooking plate, steam table, and several [...]


Hotdog Cart Location Ideas

If you’re considering a hotdog vending business, sooner or later your going to have to decide where to put your cart.  Now, of course, you don’t have to put your cart in the same place all the time but it definitely helps to have a list of places to start your brainstorming.  Well, here’s a [...]


Hot Dog Vending – How to Buy a Cart and Sell Hot Dogs by Larry Bauge

Hot Dog Vending is a career that not too many people consider, because they don’t realize how lucrative, easy, and fun this profession is, most folk think in terms of working at Mcdonald’s earning minimum wage.I’ll tell you this right now that they can’t be further from the truth, because being a Hot Dog Vendor [...]


How Used Hot Dog Carts Can Earn You Profits and Become A Secure Business Model

You don’t need special training to run a hotdog cart business. What you do need is an outgoing personality, stamina and creative business sense. The business is stressful as most malls are open from 10 or 11 a.m. until 10 or 11 p.m. daily, and you’re expected to be present there. Even if you open [...]


Business Plan Template

I saw this information at my county business development website.  Thought it might be helpful for those thinking about starting a hotdog cart business. 1. Cover Sheet Name of business, address, telephone number and the name(s) of principal(s). Include any pertinent contact information (cell phone, fax, etc.). 2. Executive Summary — Statement of Purpose A summary of [...]