09/22/2014 09:21 am ET Updated Nov 22, 2014

How to Make the Perfect Hot Dog

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There's nothing like a great hot dog -- the right ratio of meat to bun to condiments can be one of the simplest and most satisfying meals around.

But what does it take to make the perfect hot dog? Tony Maws of Boston's The Kirkland Tap and Trotter made it his mission to find out. He spent close to a year trying to get everything right. He tested every variable from meat ratios to the best grind to the right casing. All in the name of the perfect dog.

So want to know his secrets? Watch the video above to find out!

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