Phoenix isn't the only place that has fans of Short Leash Hot Dogs, the truck that in large part gave rise to the flourishing food truck scene that the city has today. The North American food truck scene has gained so much momentum over the past few years that there's a TV show to share the best of the best, Cooking Channel's Eat St. One of the truck's recipes will be featured in the official Eat St. cookbook, which hit bookshelves (and of course Amazon) this week.
Owners Brad and Kat Moore launched their mobile hot dog eatery in 2010 and helped to organize the first food truck courts, à la Food Truck Fridays at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. Feeling stuck in a rut working in the corporate world, the couple longed to break free and find a way to use their creativity. The Bear, a.k.a. Seventh Inning Stretch -- a crazy-sounding mix of peanut butter, crumbled bacon, smoked gouda, BBQ sauce, and Cracker Jacks -- is a prime example of their no-holds-barred approach to coming up with delicious flavor combinations that will make you do a double take.
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The baseball-themed hot dog was originally served as part of an Arizona Diamondbacks hot dog challenge. Players from the team judged the three entrants, and Short Leash emerged as the victor over Petite Maison and Eddie's House. Ever since, The Bear has been available as a regular part of the food truck's menu. Fans can order it with regular, beef, bratwurst, chicken, or veggie dogs, but it's best with the spicy beer hot Schreiner's sausage.
Want to try your hand at making The Bear hot dog at home? Pick up a copy of Eat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks to learn exactly how Short Leash does it -- soft, squishy naan and all. The cookbook also has more than 125 other recipes from food trucks in the United States and Canada. And, of course, you can also find Short Leash Hot Dogs on the streets of Phoenix to get a taste of the original.