New York Butcher Shop Vies for World's Largest Hog Dog

Leszek ‘Jabi’ Jablonski holds the contender for the world's largest hot dog. ( The Union Pork Store )

The Union Pork Store – a butcher shop boasting more than 180 different types of sausage – has been creating hot dogs so delicious that they’ve earned the admiration of New York’s hog dog expert and co-organizer of the annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour, John Fox.

On June 26, for the first time in its history, the store will debut a 44.3-pound hot dog encased in a 31-pound hot dog bun. This super-sized hot dog is up for the title of largest in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. Currently, no formal Guinness World Record stands for the world's largest hot dog.  

Feltman’s of Coney Island, founded by Charles Feltman who invented the hot dog and is now owned by Coney Island native Michael Quinn, came up with the idea to create the world's largest hot dog and asked the Union Pork Store to create it upon Fox's advice, Bridgewater Courier News reports.

“In my opinion, the Union Pork Store is the best German butcher shop in the state,” Fox said. “Plus, they have really good hot dogs. The recipe is from the original owner who founded the store in 1946, and the hot dogs are very high quality.”

The Union Pork Store’s Leszek ‘Jabi’ Jablonski made an all-beef hot dog for the world-record pursuit. However, most of their hot dogs include pork and beef in addition to smoked paprika and other secret spices.

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