At age 56, chef Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s
is at an age where most chefs have hung up their tongs and high-tailed
it out of the kitchen for a cushier life as either restaurateur or the
occasional expeditor. But not Gibson.
Hot dogs are the American flag of summer
meats. The tube-shaped, sheath-packed meat-sticks plump away on charcoal
grills and in baseball stadiums everywhere from Memorial Day to Labor
Day, serving up freedom with a side of ketchup.
Aside from baseball and lounging in pools,
grilling just might be America’s favorite summer pastime. From burgers
and brats to pizza and pineapple, there’s nothing we won’t try to cook
on grates over hot coals or burning gas, relishing in those seared grill
marks like a badge of honor.