Costco Food 11
Hollis Johnson

Thousands of Americans will be putting chairs in the backyard and firing up the grill for Memorial Day weekend.

Plumes of savory smoke will surely dot the nation — and many will be heading to a warehouse store like Costco to buy barbecue and party supplies in bulk beforehand.

Racks of ribs and five-pound packs of hot dogs will be flying off the shelves in a celebratory bulk-buying frenzy.

Yet so many shopping for dogs to grill themselves will breeze right past perhaps the best hot dogs in the country: Costco’s.

I’m no hot-dog connoisseur, but of all I’ve tried in my life thus far, Costco’s is the best yet.

How is the nation’s best hot dog from such a bare-bones place as the Costco cafeteria?

First of all, it’s a great value. You can order a hot dog and a drink for $1.50 — that’s it. And considering how large the hot dog is, it’s definitely an outrageous deal.

But a deal alone isn’t enough to sway most. The expectations are understandably low for a Costco meal. But on that first bite, it’s abundantly clear that this is no run-of-the-mill hot dog.

Costco Food 12
Hollis Johnson

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