Midwest Local Flavors

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> Beer Brats – A regional favorite, the beer brat is bratwurst soaked in beer with butter and onions and then cooked over a grill. The sausage is commonly found at cookouts, baseball games, and bonfires.

> Hot Dogs – Created on Maxwell Street in Chicago as a depression-era sandwich,  Chicago-style hot dogs include a poppy seed bun topped with mustard, onions, sweet relish, a pickle spear, tomato, hot peppers and salt.

> Cherries – With over 3.8 million tart cherry trees, Northern Michigan produces 75% of the cherry market. In 1987, the National Cherry Festival set a Guinness World Record for baking the largest cherry pie, that was 17 feet across and weighed over 28,000 pounds.

> Chili – Originating in Cincinnati from Macedonian immigrants, Cincinnati chili is a much loved dish. In fact, the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated that the people of Cincinnati consume 2 million pounds of chili each year.

> Barbecue – St. Louis-style barbecue is known for slathering pork in sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Due to the love of heavily sauced pork, St. Louis residents consume more barbecue sauce than any other city in the U.S.