I like hot dogs. I enjoy the traditional pork hot dogs, but I am also a big fan of beef franks, which Aldi does quite well. The problem with beef franks is that they are more expensive. This isn’t a big deal when it’s just you or your family, but if you are planning on a massive cookout, those costs can become a factor. Or maybe you just prefer traditional pork hot dogs over beef franks. Either way, Aldi has a somewhat more economical option:
Parkview Jumbo Franks — aka Aldi hot dogs! — come 8 to a pack, for a total of 15 ounces of hot dog. They are fully cooked, a concoction of chicken, pork, beef, and (like most hot dogs) a handful of other ingredients that you need a dictionary to look up. They contain no cooking instructions that I know of, but none are really needed, since hot dogs are about the easiest thing on the planet to cook. You can grill them if you want or boil them if you have to. I recommend the grill method.
The jumbo franks cook up … just like hot dogs should. The flavor is good, the texture is good, and they’re a nice size. They are especially good when cooked over an open flame, although they come out serviceably enough in a saucepan of water.
As for downsides? Well, they’re high in calories, fat, and sodium, so they’re not at all for people on any sort of diet, but you probably knew that before you read this.
Parkview Jumbo Franks taste just like what you’d expect in a standard hot dog. They probably won’t unseat beef franks in the taste category, but if you are looking for a more economical option — or if you just prefer hot dogs over beef franks — these should do you nicely. Recommended.