WASHINGTON -- The West Virginia hot dog, featuring a chili sauce topping and mustard and cole slaw condiments atop a steamed bun, bested challenges from wieners served in the regional styles of Georgia, New York and Michigan to reign supreme as the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's March Madness Champion for 2013.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the research and information arm of America's hot dog and sausage industry, announced the winner of its March Madness competition on Monday.
The annual hot dog and sausage competition, held in conjunction with the NCAA basketball tournaments, began this year's competition with the West Virginia Dog starting as the No. 5 seed in the hot dog division. Fan support guides an entry through the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds.
"The enthusiasm of West Virginia hot dog fans for their dogs is nothing short of amazing," said NHHSC Vice President of Public Affairs Eric Mittenthal. "It was clear early on in the tournament that chili was a favorite topping amongst hot dog fans, and once West Virginians started rallying to support their hot dog, the competition was over."
Regional hot dog offerings that were also-rans in the tourney included the New York Dog, served with steamed onions and a pale yellow deli-style mustard, and the Chicago Dog, topped with mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onions, a pickle spear, peppers, tomato slices and a dash of celery salt. Featured sausages included mortadella, chorizo, kielbasa, and andouille. The West Virginia Dog bested the winning sausage entry, a bratwurst, to become the overall tournament champion.