Erie’s hometown hot dog is finding some fans in Pennsylvania’s second largest city. Hot dogs from Smith Provision Co. have been voted “Best of the Burgh” by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine.
The top ranking was the result of a reader poll conducted this spring. The results of the poll appear in the July issue of the magazine, which claims monthly readership of 340,000.
“This is a big deal to us,” said Mike Weber, chief executive of the family-owned business. “We are trying to get recognized in that area and we were really pleased o get that.”
The strategy of increasing sales in Pittsburgh seems to be working. Weber said Pittsburgh-area sales have quadrupled in the past several years.
“We started from a fairly low level, but they are getting to be very significant,” he said, adding that the Pittsburgh market now accounts for about 10 to 20 percent of the 20 million hot dogs the company sells each year.
The company’s profile has received a substantial boost thanks to promotional agreements that have made Smith’s the official hot dog of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Consol Energy Center and University of Pittsburgh athletics.
Weber said that Smith’s hot dogs received the largest number of write-in votes of winners in any category.