DOGS AND BRATS….Wondering what brand of hot dog to serve at tomorrow’s barbecue? Slate has the rankings for you.

Nathan’s and Hebrew National are indeed pretty good dogs, but a few years ago I bought a few bratwursts on a whim and my plate of hot dogs went practically untouched. I’ve continued grilling a few dogs ever since, mainly for the kids, but most of the local kids are now teenagers and I probably won’t bother this year. It’ll just be hamburgers and brats.

Good stuff, grilled bratwurst. And very American, too, if you just look at it the right way.