The New York Times' The Local East Village blog recently posted the disturbing results of a Freedom of Information request submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture back in 2009. The subject of those 64 case files? The complaints submitted by ornery hot-dog eaters, who discovered everything from Band-Aids to winged insects inside.
The unfortunate nature of the complaints was that many of the contaminants (glass, bone, hard bits of plastic, and "clumps of worms") were discovered after or while the hot dogs were being consumed. These are all cases of where hot-dog filler moved into the territory of foreign object.
When your hot dog bites back, you start thinking about what is actually in each bite. And a hot dog often tastes best when it's a happy byproduct of your circumstances — a dollar dog purchased at Kauffman Stadium or a late lunch on a New York City street corner.
So unless you know exactly what's in a wiener, perhaps you should take the same approach to your backyard barbecues as the willful suspension of disbelief that is Christmas. Just put out some cookies and hope for the best.