I have a guilty pleasure. Actually more than one but I’m only going to out myself with this: I have a thing for hot dogs. And I don’t even care if you scrunch up your nose and shout an audible ‘ewwwwww’ – it’s totally fine. I’ll just eat yours too. And for the record, I loved fried bologna sandwiches as a kid – mustard and ketchup on white bread – oh, and yes, please do add that slice of American cheese, unwrapped from the plastic and melted onto that fried bologna. Okay, so that makes two guilty pleasures I’ve confessed to.

Plain, sans the bun, dipped into a squirt of both ketchup and mustard, chili dogs, Rueben dogs dressed in sauerkraut and swiss cheese and topped with Thousand Island dressing, hot dogs served alongside a plate of macaroni and cheese – my love affair with hot dogs has a very long and sorid history. I even fed them to my toddler children – although I did peel away the casing because, ‘oh-my-gawd, don’t you know kids can choke to death on hot dogs?!’ They survived.

Yes I know hot dogs are made from the leftovers of not-so-appealing animal parts and yes, I know that hot dogs contain nitrates and other unhealthy ingredients but the lure of a good hot dog always trumped the reasonable part of my brain and I caved every time.

Fork in the Road was one of the sponsors at Big Traveling Potluck this past April and I have to say they’re a company after my own heart; not only do they produce fantastic sausage, hot dogs, deli meats and ribs, all Fork in the Road products are made using heritage meat raised on small farms. And those farmers also believe in treating their animals humanely – all-vegetarian diets and they’re never confined in crates or given antibiotics, growth enhancers or added hormones. One more added benefit? No nitrates.

The Professor and I were in California at the end of July and stopped in at a Whole Foods where there was a large display of Fork in the Road product – we seriously considered purchasing a suitcase to stock up and bring back home – for realz. One of the things we take seriously here at Smith Bites is that we never recommend products to our readers that we absolutely love and that we don’t/won’t purchase ourselves; when we find something we can really get behind, we want to share that with all of you.


Now who wants a guilt-free, gluten-free corn dog? I’m not ashamed to admit that when we made these, every. last. bite. was finished off – not one crumb left!

Disclosure: I am not being compensated for this post; however, Fork in the Road sent me free product. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. I haven’t tried this, but I bet my boys would love it!

  2. Oh yes, bring on the corn dogs…these looks fantastic and I’m sure are delicious. Love Fork in the Road, there isn’t a Whole Foods near me, but got a chance to try them at the Big Traveling Pot Luck! 🙂

  3. You only have 2 guilty pleasures? Wish I had your will power! My guilty pleasure list is most likely a mile long.
    I have to look for Fork in the Road products next time I visit Whole Foods. Don’t think I’ve had them before.

    • oh i have WAYYYY more than 2 Roxana – Fork in the Road products are fantastic and i highly recommend – can’t say enough good things about both the company itself as well as their products; definitely worth seeking out

  4. My gluten-free Mom would be very appreciative of this treat! Maybe I’ll whip some up for football Sunday this fall!

    • these would be great for football Sunday Lori – and they really are a dead-ringer for corn dogs you find at the fair!

  5. We *all* have guilty food pleasures 🙂 Mine? BBQ potato chips. Yep.

    I had not heard of Fork in the Road before. Thanks for introducing them!

  6. Yes! I have a secret love for hot dogs too. I don’t care how many times people say, “don’t you know what’s in hot dogs?!” I still love hot dogs. Especially corn dogs. Excuse me while I go make corn dog minis now.

  7. Delicious. My mom is a total health-freak but the one thing she loves? Corn dogs! And I definitely take after her 😉

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