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May 31, 2012
Will Sacramento hot dog joint sell world's most expensive dog?

Will Capitol Dawg owner Mike Brown sell the world's most expensive hot dog today at his Midtown eatery?

A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be at the restaurant this afternoon to determine whether a Capitol Dawg customer actually purchases Brown's California Capitol City Dawg for $145.49.

(A third of its sales will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.)

Among the ingredients that make the dog so expensive is a strong-tasting cheese made from moose milk, available only in Sweden, which Brown bought from a husband and wife who run a small moose dairy farm in an area of Sweden north of the Arctic Circle.

"The farm turns out only 400 pounds of cheese a year, which is used primarily in premium restaurants in Sweden," Brown said. "It's the only mass-produced cheese of its kind in the world. I bought seven pounds of it for over $200 a pound.

The hot dog: Brown fashioned an all-beef frank in a pork casing. It's 18 inches long and weighs three-quarters of a pound. "It's custom-made for us by Red Hot Chicago. We'll grill it in the fat from the bacon," he said.

The bun: Old Soul is customizing a roll to handle the giant dog and mound of toppings. "We'll spread the bun with Italian white truffle butter and toast it on the grill."

The bacon: It's sourced from a small farm in New Hampshire. "It's marinated in maple syrup and double-smoked over both apple and cherry woods," he said. "It's so good you'll want to move to New Hampshire."

Toppings: Pommerey Dijon mustard, garlic-herb mayonnaise, caramelized sautéed shallots, mixed baby greens, chopped tomato, dried cranberries, ground peppercorns and fruity balsamic vinaigrette. So far.


If he sells the dog, Brown will take away the Guinness World Records' World's Most Expensive Hot Dog title from DougieDogs in Vancouver, which took it from Serendipity in New York.

DougieDogs' Dragon Dog (after the Year of the Dragon) is a foot-long bratwurst injected with century-old $2,000-a-bottle Louis XIII cognac, and topped with lobster, Kobe-style beef cooked in truffle and olive oils, and a proprietary "picante sauce." It sells for $100. The Haute Dog at Serendipity costs $69.

"The California Capitol City Dawg must be listed on our menu board to qualify for the title," Brown said. "A customer then must order and pay for one at the cash register to make it official. The adjudicator will then confirm that the process has been completed, and will immediately issue the certificate of record for the World's Most Expensive Hot Dog."

Capitol Dawg is at 1226 20th St., Sacramento; (916) 444-1226, www.capitoldawg.com.

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