Haggis hot dog is best in show

The ‘Scottie Dog’ is available to the trade from this month

The company operates a food truck catering at festivals and events

TAILS will be wagging this Burns Night as Scotland prepares for the release of what’s claimed to be its first haggis hot dog.

The ‘Scottie Dog,’ from artisan hot dog company, Brigston & Co, will be available from wholesalers from January 15 until mid-February.

The patriotic culinary dish is  described as a key ingredient for a Burn’s supper with a twist by Claire Drysdale and Euan McGregor, the Dumfries-based husband and wife behind the concept. 

Claire, who has been in the catering industry for thirty years and is now the company’s director, said: “We recognised that people were seeking something different when it came to ‘fast food’.

“The Scottie Dog is our latest invention and a first of its kind in Scotland – perfect paired with some Lockerbie cheddar and chutney or a creamy whisky sauce with crispy onions.

“We hope restaurants, bars and retailers will give it a try this year. If we have positive feedback, we may investigate launching this as a new product in our core range.

“The versatility of the hot dog enabled us to create different flavour combinations using toppings and our homemade condiments such as our BBQ sauce which we make using Illy espresso coffee.”

The hotdogs will be available from wholesalers Williamson Foodservice, Braehead Foods and Campbells Prime Meats.

Claire said: “Hot dogs are a fantastic product – tasty and versatile. They didn’t need to live up to their stereotype as cheap and emulsified.

“There was a gap in the market to create a quality hot dog with excellent provenance and taste credentials.”

Brigston & Co – which was awarded  a Great Taste Award in 2019 – was initially launched as a food truck catering for festivals and events and now produces a range of artisan hotdogs. On-trade stockists include Innis & Gunn Brewery Taprooms in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.