There’s something special about a family-owned meat company here in Oklahoma City.
Schwab Meat Co. has been around since the late 1800’s, and has been in OKC at the same location since 1912. The company was started by a German immigrant named George Schwab who had a knack for making sausage.
He brought his cherished recipes with him to America and the rest was history. His hot dogs first started showing up for sale at Coney Island, a small hot dog restaurant in downtown OKC, in the 1920’s. The hot dogs drew large lunch crowds and fans from all over.
That might be because they aren’t your average dog. They shine bright like a beacon because they are bright red.
Now, Schwab’s has expanded into other territory. Their dogs can be found at Boone Pickens stadium in Stillwater. If you venture up Northeast, you can buy a Schwab’s dog at a Tulsa Drillers game.
Schwab’s is the quintessential American story: an immigrant making his fortune here in the states. What makes it even more special is that immigrant made his fortune off an American past-time and a beloved American food: the hot dog.
I’ve bought packs of the dogs and hot links before at my local Walmart. Most grocery stores here in the metro sell them. The hot dogs really are special, and not just because of the bright red casing. The inside is so much more flavorful and juicy than any hot dog I’ve ever had before.
They’re hot dogs are so good, you don’t need any toppings. I can eat one of them on a nicely toasted bun all by itself.
Most people living outside of Oklahoma don’t have access to Schwab’s dogs, which is unfortunate. But– you can make your Fourth of July hot dogs much more elegant by making them Hawaiian style.
This recipe is easy to make if you’ve got a good quality hot dog. Simply cut up your fresh fruit and veg and make a pineapple-mango relish. Top your dog with the relish and you’ll be the talk of the town.
And if you ever have a chance to buy a Schwab’s dog, don’t hesitate.
(PS: this is NOT an ad. I just really, really love made-in-Oklahoma brands like Schwab’s)
Hot dogs get a glow up with a pineapple-mango relish.
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- 2 cups diced, fresh pineapple
- 1 cup diced, fresh mango
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- Juice of 1-2 limes
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Heat a grill over medium-high heat and grill hot dogs for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and set aside.
- Make the pineapple relish: in a large bowl, mix together pineapple, mango, jalapeno, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro.
- Make the dogs: place hot dog on a bun and top with a spoonful of the pineapple relish.