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Burger Beast Celebrates the Hot Dog at Tobacco Road Saturday

We know what you're thinking.

How in the world can someone called Burger Beast betray his love of the meat patty and celebrate the hot dog?

Only once a year does Sef Gonzalez, AKA Burger Beast, turn into alter ego Hot Dog Hound in celebration of national hot dog month. We asked Gonzalez why his thoughts have turned to mustardy things when clearly his heart lies with the meat patty. It was then he confessed a deep, hidden truth, "I love burgers, but honestly? When we grill, I gravitate to hot dogs and sausages. I guess it's a summer thing. I love celebrating all delicious cylindrical meats."

And, friends, you should celebrate the meat tube, too. After all, hot dogs get a bad rap. They're the subject of many a joke, but you know what? They're delicious!

This Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 7 p.m., Tobacco Road is hosting the second annual Hot Dog Fest. It is there that you can unabashidly feast on a variety of sausages, dogs, wursts, brats, and corn dogs -- all the while knowing that everyone around you shares in this meat tube fetish.

Your favorite food trucks will be serving up their renditions of the hot dog including:

Arepa Box: The "El Sifrino", a beef frank sausage on a potato bun topped with crispy or caramelized onions, finely shredded "queso duro", cabbage, avocado and tomato pico de gallo, baked bacon bites, signature "garlic & cilantro sauce", and house pink sauce)

Il Fiorentino: Italian sausage, with traditional Florentine white beans "all'Uccelletto" on pan brioche)

Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers: Chili verde chub, a seared all-beef hot hog nestled in a steamed hot bun, covered with a thick slow cooked pork chili verde with fire roasted poblano peppers, chopped onion, and haystack corn tortilla sticks painted with electric green smoothie sauce.

Kona Dog: A Sabrett hot dog stuffed with tangy, spicy fruit sauces on a soft, sweet Hawaiian bread.

Main Stop Grill: The Miami Dog, a jumbo beef hot dog on a crispy yuca bun with spicy chipotle avocado aioli slaw and red onions; topped with Spanish chorizo and yellow peppers cooked in white wine and cilantro.

Monster Burgers: The Monster Hot Dog, a sausage with crispy bacon, onions, mozzarella cheese, potato chips and monster sauces. Several other dogs, including a kiddy dog will be offered.

Monte's Country Cajun Cookin': The Cajun Hawg Dawg, andouille sausage, applewood bacon, and spicy pork chili topped with jajun mustard and dill pickle relish on a steamed hoagie roll.

Pescados Unidos: Seven Sea's Diver Dogs: Mahi dipped in corn dog batter and served with diver dips (mango mustard, smoked tomato ketchup, or tomatillo aioli).

Sauced Up: Pulled Pork, apple barbecue sauce, and sweet cole slaw.

Plus, check out the hot dog eating contest. Before you register as a contestant, know that at the recent Nathan's hot dog eating championship in Coney Island, Joey Chestnut scarfed down 69 dogs in 10 minutes to break a new world's record. That's serious weiner-eating. For this contest, up to ten contestants will be challenged to see who can eat 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes without "yupping" (or otherwise losing the contents of your stomach). To enter and test your mettle (and tax your stomach), click here.

Of course, there will also be drink specials, live music, a dunk tank, and free Corona beer from 3 to 4 p.m. By the way, the event happens rain or shine, so this is a great opportunity to give the finger to Tropical Storm Chantal and have some beer and a few dogs.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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