We are squarely in the midst of grilling season and whether your preference is burgers, brats, steaks, chicken, ribs, or brisket, you can't deny the granddaddy of all barbeque items - the hot dog.

But while the meat inside the bun remains somewhat constant, what people are dressing their dogs with varies wildly.

That has created one of the biggest condiment conundrums in the history of food - is it acceptable to put ketchup on a hot dog?

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The latest numbers would certainly indicate that a large number of Americans have no problem slathering a healthy dose of the red stuff on their franks, right alongside the classics like mustard, onion, and relish.

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But just because people use ketchup doesn't necessarily make it right.

Recently, the New York Post relayed the opinion of some people that know a thing or two about wieners - the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Yes, it is a real group, founded in 1994 by the North American Meat Institute. According to their website, the council exists as:

'...an information resource to consumers and media on questions related to quality, safety, nutrition, and preparation of hot dogs and sausages. The Council also celebrates hot dogs and sausages as iconic American foods.'

So what is the official ruling from the council on the issue of ketchup on hot dogs?

Once you're old enough to vote, you should ditch it.

NHDSC president Eric Mittenthal told The Post that while it's OK for kids, no self-respecting adult should be caught 'red-handed' with a hot dog.

'If you can vote, it’s time for your taste buds to vote for a hot dog without ketchup,' said Mittenthal. 'The sweetness is just not the ideal match for a hot dog.'

But don't just take the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's word for it.

40 years ago, one of our top movie heroes, Detective Harry Callahan (aka 'Dirty' Harry) made his feelings on the subject well known in this scene from Sudden Impact:

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