Tonight I’m heading to a BBQ at my friend Ingrid’s house (coincidentally with a bunch of displaced Erie people) and I can’t help but think it’s officially summer. Yeah, Memorial Day is still a few weekends away, but whatever, with temps in the 70s and people wearing white pants everywhere I look, I say SUMMER.
One thing that just screams sunny season to me is a cook-out. Growing up I remember sailing our boat to Gull Point beach on Lake Erie and scarfing down hot dog after hot dog that my dad cooked up on an old school charcoal grill. And of course, since we were good Erieites, the only hot dogs found at any of our BBQs were Smith’s.
Smith’s is a local family-owned food company that’s been filling the mouths of Erie folk with deli meat for four generations. There’s just something about a Smith’s weenie that puts all other frankfurters to shame. In addition to the fact that they’re products are all delish (don’t even get me started on the ox roast! YUM!) — I also love the fact that everyone in Erie, no matter where they are now, still has pride for the local bologna factory. Plus, I think it’s great that when I visit their website, I see testimonials about how delicious their dogs are from kids with whom I went to nursery school or dated in 9th grade. These are the kind of businesses I want to see thrive.
Like my friend Chiz so aptly puts it, “You’ll never have a weiner quite like this in your mouth!” Truly. Smith’s hot dogs are the BEST.