If you want to be able to charge higher prices for your hot dogs, you must sell the customer an entire experience, not just food. Here is a guy who absolutely nails it. Even though he sells ice cream, we can all learn from this master showman.
-Steve

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This has been passed around for years now but it was originally written for us at HotDogProfits.com by Chef J. Gagion, (a.k.a. Pocono Hot Dog).
Merry Christmas slingers – Enjoy!

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the streets, were carts upon carts, selling Country smoked meats,

I stopped in Chicago to sample their wares, but when I asked them for ketchup, I got nothing but Stares,

Just Hot Vienna Sausage Loaded with fun, Sport Peppers and Tomato ON A POPPYSEED BUN??

On to Baltimore City that Inner Harbor Town, at J. Gagions Cart I plunked two fifty down,

For his Chesapeake Dog my taste buds were achin, 100% beef with Old Bay and Smoked Bacon,

The slaw that he served was not on the side, but right on the dog, between the buns it did ride.

On to New York to see what they Know, but first, just two stops in the Grand Mountains Pocono,

The Worlds Largest Chili Dog was the Point of their Sign, and the eyes in my stomach were much bigger than mine,

I feasted for hours before I went on my way, for I had Lunch and Dinner and Breakfast the next Day.

Headed East through the Water Gap, with My stomach a fill, We stopped by the Roadside of all places, Buttzville

With Fresh Buttermilk I toasted my My server Big Bonnie, and wolfed down a Classic from the Hot Dogger Named Johnny .

On Dasher and Prancer Lets take off in this rig, we are headed to Broadway in the Apple so big,

Where Hundreds of carts serve no Regrets, just Traditional Weiners with the name of Sabrett,

You can get em with Chile and Onions and Kraut, but I favor the specials the Vendors put out,

Some favor the Chile of Coney Island Fame, Like Nathans Famous, but what’s in a name.

Some Like Mustard and Ketchup and Relish instead, I chose the Latter with Onions of Red.

I head now to the Border, Be in Canada by Night, But not before sampling HOTS of red and white.

MERRY Christmas to all…..and to all a good BITE….

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Stumpy's Hot DogsPremium Member Dan Bradley built an all metal E-Z Built (see pics below) and is slingin’ dogs in sunny California. He writes…

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Steve, I just wanted to send you a few photos of my cart. It was built by a friend and myself and passed the strict Kern County California with a 100 % score.

I have been working it in front of the Ace Hardware store in Calif City. I serve Costco dogs, tamales, churros, corn on the cob, and what ever else I can get people to buy LOL.

Thanks for the help that Hot Dog Profits Premium gave me in getting set up and wanting to do this. It has been good for me. Got me off the couch.

Thanks
Dan Bradley, HDP Premium Member.

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Good for you Dan! I’m proud of you.

I love what you did with the cart. It’s a thing of beauty for sure. Let me know how else I can help you!

-Steve

P.S. For those who want to build their own metal cart, our E-Z Built plans are just the ticket. If you have basic metal working skills, all you need to do is substitute metal angle for the frame members, then attach the sheet metal of your choice. The firebox, tanks, plumbing, electrical, sinks, and everything else is built just like in our video instructions.

Click the pic for a larger version.

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Stand In Hot Dog Cart

Now that the weather is getting cooler I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about stand in hot dog carts. It seems that those who have regular hot dog carts all aspire to a stand in cart. They believe that a stand in is something to “graduate” to. However, those who have stand in carts [...]

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What are your Hot Dog Cart plans for the new year?

Thanksgiving is gone. Christmas is around the corner followed closely by New Years Eve. I was wondering what your plans are for the coming year? Do you want to get into the hot dog biz for the first time? Are you planning on growing an existing slingership (I just made that up, like it? LOL) [...]

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How to Equip a Custom Dream Cart for Big Events.

Steve, I just finished your book Carts of Cash (Hot Dog Biz 101) it is great thank you. I’m thinking about building a cart just to do events, something bigger than what we’re allowed on the street. Here’s my question – can you or any of the slingers make any suggestions as to what I [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving Slingers!

My wish for you and yours is that you may have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I will be spending it with some of my family that I haven’t seen much of for several years. Very thankful for that. I’m also very thankful for YOU dear slinger, (whether past, current, or future) for hanging out at [...]

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Who Needs More Customers at Their Hot Dog Cart?

If you ask a hot dog cart business owner if they have enough customers, 99 percent will say no. And 1 percent will be lying. What if I told you that I’m pretty sure I can get your hot dog biz on the first page of Google? Recently I have been doing that very thing [...]

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32 Football Themed Hot Dogs

This just in from Hot Dog Profits reader Dave Barkley… Steve, Just ran across this Facebook page from Hebrew National.  Thought I’d pass it along for all the slingers out there. It might be a good draw for those cool football game days or nights at the end of the normal slinging season.   Dave [...]

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Employee Discount in Exchange for Hot Dog Cart Location

Hi Steve, I finally got a great spot for my cart, just waiting for the city permitting….should be done this week, I hope! Anyway, I’ll be located at a Car stereo shop right on the busiest corner in our town with great access and parking for customers. The shop owner didn’t ask for rent he [...]

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