Hofmann Sausage Co: Texas Is About to Get Real...Hot Dogs! If You Live in Dallas, Can You Bring Me Some?

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So if you are from Upstate New York (like me), and if you love hot dogs (like me), and you live in Texas (like me), then you probably really, really miss Hofmann hot dogs. Like me. Because when I tell you I miss Hofmann hot dogs, I mean that I miss them super-duper terribly, especially when holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July and Labor Day roll around.

There is just really nothing like a Hofmann Hot Dog. I'm a Snappy Griller girl, but Hofmann Red Hot franks are good, too. The Reds (or franks) are more like a traditional hot dog and are made of beef, veal and pork blend; the White Hots (Coneys, or Snappy Grillers) are an all-natural, spicy pork-and-veal concoction that makes any other dog taste really sad in comparison.

Don't believe me? Last Thanksgiving, my husband smuggled Hofmann White Hots back to Houston in his carry-on luggage. Back in 2008, when we were living in Anchorage, I had to literally rip the phone out of my husband's hands so he wouldn't spend $120 on hot dogs-plus-shipping to Alaska.

Even I have to draw the line somewhere. But not for much longer, because Hofmann hot dogs are going national, and they are starting in Dallas.

Dear anyone coming here from Dallas: Please bring me some.

The Hofmann Sausage company has been purchased by the Dallas-based Zaccanelli Food Group, with an eclectic group of investors including the Oneida Nation, Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, Phil Romano (Romano's Macaroni Grill, Fuddruckers), former Syracuse Police Chief Dennis DuVal and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.

Since I don't live in Upstate New York anymore, I'm going to ignore the sovereignty and land politics surrounding the acquisition of the company by the Oneida Nation and focus on my extreme happiness that Hofmann's may be coming to a grocery store near me. No plans for a Houston expansion have been announced, but it looks like Hofmann products will be in Albertsons supermarkets in Dallas by Memorial Day Weekend.

I'm going home for the Fourth of July this year, and I am already dreaming about the rows and rows of Red and White dogs that will be lined up on every grill, at every party. Hopefully by the time I celebrate Labor Day Weekend here in Houston, I can line up some Hofmann's on my own grill.



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scott
scott

just recently moved to greenville sc from syracuse and wish i could find them around here as they are the only hotdogs i will eat

caseysmithny
caseysmithny

Well Christina, I may have some good news for you. If you are heading north on 45 towrds the Woodlands, you would exit Rayford Sawdust. You will turn left, or west, go under the bridge and see a kroger plaza on your left. Towrds the back of the plaza is a bar called CJ's I believe. He carries Hoffman hotdogs, reds and coneys, and cooks them in a little peanout oil to the point you think you are in liverpool. I have not been there in the last year to get one, but i went pretty regulalry before that. They have been there a while so I would think they are still there. Plus, you can have a beer with your dogs! Hope this helps with your craving!

William
William

For several years, annually, I pay the $120 for Hoffman's coneys and feel at $7 per pound, it's cheaper than driving my RV @11 Miles per gallon, back home to bring them back. It's all perspective and at 72 Y.O. and no local Heid's, i'll treat myself. It's an emotional bargain, folks. Not sure if/when they'll come to Kansas City, MO. 

Giofrancis
Giofrancis

And who brought you this joyous news????

Jeeterbug
Jeeterbug

i miss "glazier" (red skinned) hot dogs from upstate ny

Gremillion
Gremillion

I really like the Siegi's sausages that Spec's carries. They were recommended by Uwe there and are made by an Austrian guy in Tulsa. See what you think about those sometime.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I like Nathan's better than Hebrew National, and I like Hoffmann's better than Nathan's, but somehow I like Hebrew National better than Hoffmann's. What's up with that?

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

They looks a bit like Zweigles hot dogs from the Rah cha cha. .Sahlen's out of Buffalo has that same snappy casing too.

I will eat these. I will eat many. I want one with whole grain mustard and spicy chow chow this second.

Corey
Corey

Who cares about hot dogs when we have shiner smoke house smoked sausage.. While difficult to find, and absurdly priced online, they are worth it 10x over..

Hof Man (get it?)
Hof Man (get it?)

There was a guy up in the Woodlands who would order in bulk and then resell them.  But it appears he's not doing this any more.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob

A lot of us who are from Houston (like me) really, really miss the hot dogs James Coney Island used to sell.  Don't know what's up with the current offerings, but they're just not the same.

Many moons ago, I used to look forward to picking up a bagful on the way home from wherever.   They changed their dogs and I can't remember the last time I bothered to stop and try one.

Melanie Metzger
Melanie Metzger

I'm also from Upstate NY and miss Hofmann Hots terribly! This is very good news!

Wes
Wes

If you want them like Heid's you need alot of grease on a flat grill. Don't forget not open flame. With the split top buns. I need to go get some.

brucesw
brucesw

 The domain just expired yesterday?  Maybe he knows something about Hoffman's coming to Houston.  (dougiedogs).  Had them on the menu of several places in the Spring area but no longer I think.

Texmex01
Texmex01

3 chili cheese dogs (No, not the "Houstonian" as they are calling them now) all the way with chili cheese fries...and a huge Dr Pepper...heaven...

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

They've got Hebrew National all-beef franks right now (in addition to the normal dogs), and I'm a fan.

Mister Kay
Mister Kay

Ditto your comment about JCI.... now trying to be everything for everybody and forgot to dance with the one that brought them.

Waynehs60
Waynehs60

being a retired cook would love to open either something ike Heids or a franchise doen here in East Texas

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 19th hole.  I work near there.  Any idea what to get?

Former JCI Customer
Former JCI Customer

Katherine, The bad news is that they charge $ 4.50-$5.00 each. NOT a good value.

Again....we're talking JCI.....

WestSideBob
WestSideBob

Katharine ... love your work.  I understand you can go upscale with other menu choices, but they built their name on old-fashioned dogs.  The ones today just aren't the same.  Then again, I'm old and irritable so I've changed too.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 + Vienna brand for the Chicago dogs and new Slow Dough buns for new artisan styles.  Hell, I even like the Juicy Lucy.  JCI is stepping up these days. 

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I don't--but if you go I'd love to hear what you ended up with!

Gerontion
Gerontion

Bad marketing. You don't sub in more expensive items that are good without letting anyone know but the current customers, who are suddenly paying more.JCI is a clueless marketer, even if suddenly better in the kitchen.

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