Hot dogs may be a top seller at the ballpark, but this summer Americans plan to eat more in their backyards than while watching a game or enjoying a picnic.

This may be a surprise, but the backyard grill wins out according to a new poll sponsored by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

The council surveyed consumers about where they were most likely to eat hot dogs this summer. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the council estimates that Americans will eat more than 7 billion hot dogs.

Most – 59 percent – say they will eat hot dogs in their own backyards. That outpaced the second favorite, picnics at 14 percent. Ballparks came in distant third place at 9 percent.

To get an idea of the hot dog’s remaining popularity, take a look at these numbers:

  • Ninety five percent of Americans serve hot dogs in their homes.
  • For more than 40 percent of Americans, outdoor grilling is the preferred way to cook hot dogs.
  • Americans are expected to enjoy about 25.9 million hot dogs at Major League Baseball parks in 2003.

Pork is still a common and important ingredient in hot dogs.