Butcher Makes A Seven Pound Hot Dog

By: Kiersten Cooley
By: Kiersten Cooley

You could probably gobble down a seven-inch hot dog - but how about one that tips the scales at seven pounds?

A Minnesota butcher is making these massive frankfurters, just in time for summer barbecues.

Kiersten Cooley has more.

"What's a seven pound hot dog look like?"


"And then you show it up at them and they..wow..."

It all began a few months ago...

"You didn't think I could do it did you? (laugh)"

As a bet between Jason Stetz and his three children.

"Me and the kids were watching TV one night and we seen a show on, I think it's History (Channel), Modern Marvels."

Where butchers like Jason...

"Here, here's a hundred pounds of trimmings."

Were making seven pound hot dogs.

"Kids bet me I couldn't make one."

A feat he'd never heard of in pelican rapids.

"You know, how do we cook that? You need a big bun!"

But after a couple weeks of experimenting..

"Low and behold, I had a seven pound hot dog."

He's mastered the grinding, seasoning, and stuffing.

"Basically you just load up the stuffer. All of a sudden you know, you put something together and it works. (Laughs)"

Now dishing out these pure beef monsters...

"It's really been hard to keep up."

All over town.

"They like the novelty of a 24 to 25 inch hotdog."

"This is a normal dog. It weighs about a quarter of a pound. But this weighs seven and a half."

"They've gone for anniversary parties, they've gone for birthday parties."

It takes two people to even carry the franks to the smokers

(reporter: "Then how long do you smoke them for?")

"Oh..I don't even remember - six to seven hours."

Then they come out precooked, ready to go in frozen slices, or the full monty.

"They always say it's never a sale unless you have a return customer, and we're seeing a lot of return customers!"

So if you fancy a bite from the region's top dog,

"Seven and a half."

Stop by pelican to try this family's feat, fit for the summer season.

Each seven-pound hot dog feeds about 25 people and costs about 30-dollars for the whole thing.

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