Review: Spicy Big Bite from 7-Eleven

7-Eleven doesn’t get much love from the fast food blogosphere. Sure the ready-made sandwiches suck, the drink selection can be abysmal, and trying to decide between hard-boiled eggs and a Lunchables for lunch makes one feel as if they live in an Orwellian future of quick serve blandness.  7-Eleven does however offer two things that kick serious ass; hot dogs and Slurpees. Google search the Spicy Big Bite and you won’t find much. That’s surprising considering it has been around forever. I have fond memories of grabbing one with friends after a long day at the skate park. That was over thirteen years ago. My old age aside, let’s delve into this hidden gem of fast food badassery; The 7-Eleven Spicy Big Bite.

I always load my Big Bite the same way; chili, cheese, onions, sauerkraut, jalapenos and the ubiquitous yellow mustard. Go big or go home. The Spicy Big Bite is kind of like a polish sausage and a hot dog had a child and infused it with capsicum. It has a coarser grind than a dog and way more heat than a polish sausage. The Spicy Big Bite has an unmistakable artificial quality that you can only get from factory generated meat tubes. Craft charcuterie this is not, and it doesn’t need to be. I have no clue what parts of what animals went into this, and I don’t care. It just tastes right. As a chef, I can usually break down how something is made and tell you how to recreate it just by tasting it. I’m not sure if the chili and cheese are indeed actual food, and I have no clue what combination of chemicals and stabilizers you need to make these, but I’ll be damned if this pseudo-food isn’t strangely delicious.  School bus yellow nacho cheese sauce and chili with the texture of a thin and chunky toothpaste is the perfect topping for the Spicy Bite. The minced onions from a bag, kraut, stock pickled jalapenos and neon yellow mustard perfectly add texture and tang to this unholy meat masterpiece.

The Spicy Big Bite is juicy, tangy and brings just enough heat to actually satisfy a chili-head without overpowering the more subtle aspects such as the onions. Okay, nothing here is remotely subtle. This is big, bold and not for those who like to dine on the tamer side of the flavor spectrum.

At $2.19 and with all the optional free toppings, this might be the best value in the world of fast food. Just as much as there is a place in the world for fine cuisine consisting of some seared endangered species, sauced with wine from a craft vintner that only made 47 bottles, and served on linens sewn from the hairs of a Greek goddess, there is also a place in my heart for fantastic mystery meat eaten in a parking lot filled with broken beer bottles and stray cats. Good food is about balance and I think our culinary adventures through life should be the same.

Pros: This is actually spicy. Toppings. Fake everything. Price. Being young.

Cons: Most quick serve dogs. Forgetting napkins. Getting older.

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 9.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: Mandatory and super messy
Price: $2.19

Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10

More Info: 7-Eleven.com
Nutrition Facts:
Spicy Big Bite
It is bad for you

27 comments on “Review: Spicy Big Bite from 7-Eleven

  1. Mitchery says:

    Wow, looks like I’m going to have to hit up my local 7-11. I prefer to go there during the daytime though, safer.

  2. JF says:

    I can’t believe you’d like a hot dog from 7-11 (or any place that sells them, maybe aside from Nathans). I’ve never tried one, but think I might take a leap of faith!

    Do you know if they are boiled? One thing about hot dogs I do not like are the boiled kind.

    • Tony says:

      They’re on a rolling grill like most gas stations.

      I also agree on the boiled some places over boil them so much they should have microwaved them…

  3. kikurage says:

    I think that $2.19 with all toppings is very value price and easy trial price.I will try it by highly rated GrubGrade point too.

  4. Todd says:

    Great review! I have never had a gas station hotdog (had fried chicken though) and probably still won’t but it is nice to read a well thought out review.

  5. MISTER GYNO says:

    Diarrhea dog.

  6. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    If you’re in Wisconsin, hit up Kwik Trip for something similar. Always fresh and a bit cheaper. The condiment bar is a nice touch. We don’t have 7/11, but we’ve got a place to get our roller grill fix.

  7. Echo710 says:

    “It is bad for you”

    Yeah… if you’re ordering one of those, that’s probably all you need to know.

  8. COBRA says:

    LOLOLOL…..niceeeeee. WE NEED 7/11S IN IOWA

  9. tiny2819 says:

    I don’t see why everyone freaks out about quick service food. It’s a hot dog for crying out loud, they come in a bulk package and they’re put on the roller grill to cook. As long as the grill appears to be clean odds are it probably is. I’d say your $2 dog, while not gourmet, is probably safe to eat.

  10. Rodzilla says:

    A delicious mystery 5/4/3 forcemeat from the 7-11 corporate chef.

    lol at the nutrition info

  11. rob says:

    I eat these before early morning fishing trips, at 5 am they taste pretty good.

  12. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Unfortunately, there are no 7/11s in my state, but I’ve always had a soft spot for mystery gas station hot dogs. The only downside is that the “onions” come in these little ketchup packet things, and look more like chunky snot than an actual vegetable.

  13. Seeker says:

    Drink selection abysmal? I don’t usually browse the fountain drinks, but they do get the newest and most unusually tasty slurpees being the only store I know of that carries them, and my only reason for going to one. My guilty pleasure was the cheeseburger dog with chili and cheese back in the day before it became too much of a health risk.

  14. Kevin says:

    Hell yeah, these are good

  15. @graciHas says:

    7-eleven’s are not in every state??? That is news to me! I figured that’s the one store every state would have

  16. Charlotte says:

    I want to go to there.

  17. somesteve says:

    looks good. I want one.

  18. Erin Jax says:

    I’m getting heartburn just looking at that thing.

  19. TehBuLL says:

    There’s one every other block it seems here in Chicago. That being said, I’ve had more than my share of 7-11 grub. Never seen saurkraut in the condiments bar though. Also…I feel like you breezed right over the bun. I’ve had some serious issues with the bun, ranging from the guy just bare hand grabbing the bun to getting the bun in the bag that has been sitting open all day. Just like to compare experiences.

  20. Jesse says:

    7-11s aren’t everywhere. Weird.

    This review opens a big door.. the one that leads to ampm food reviews!

    Mmm, gopher burgers.

  21. B says:

    As a former field worker i am happy to see you described the true bliss of a 7/11 hot dog in your review. Though I usually got my spicy hot dog kick from the local AM/PMs. If you can find one try and get your self a Jalpeno and cheedar Corndog. True bliss for under a dollar!

  22. Mark says:

    7-11 does not manufacture any of it’s products but gets them from third parties. Does anyone know who makes these or where they can be ordered? There is no 7-11 around me and I need spicy big bites or whatever the manufacturer call them. They are so good.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I’m pretty sure all the dogs are Oscar Myer. Made specifically for sevs though. You could try asking an owner to order you a case. A lot of places are cool with stuff like that.

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