The Ultimate Mustard Guide

There’s nothing quite like the irresistible pairing of a freshly grilled hot dog topped with vegetables and slathered in mustard. The most popular yellow condiment in town, mustard’s distinct flavor can take any regular dish into a zesty meal that will tickle the senses. But when choosing the perfect mustard for your food pairing, be aware: not all mustards are created equally!

In honor of Mustard Day 2014 on August 2 and to help turn you into the mustard connoisseur you’ve always dreamed of being, we’ve put together the ultimate mustard guide to help educate while stirring up an appetite!

Mustard Types

Dry Mustard

If your recipe calls for a mustard flavor without any liquid, a dry or ground mustard is your ideal choice. Made by grinding delicate mustard seeds into a fine powder, you can choose the appropriate mustard seed combinations to create the perfect blend of flavors for your dish. A general rule of thumb when choosing your mustard seed combinations is to take into account the level of heat you are looking to achieve; black mustard seeds are the hottest of the bunch, followed by brown and then white with the most mild heat and flavor.

Prepared Mustard

The more popular and readily available of the two types of mustards, there are countless varieties of prepared mustards.

Varieties of Prepared Mustard

Mustard VarietiesDijon Mustard – While this variety was originally named after the city in France, most Dijon Mustards do not come from that city. The classic recipe calls for brown seeds soaked in verjuice, but today’s Dijon mustards have been altered to include a basic low-acidity liquid mixed with brown or black seeds.

Creole Mustard – A variety made with brown mustard seeds which are marinated in vinegar and then blended with horseradish for an extra spicy kick.

Spirited Mustard – Mustard made with alcoholic spirits including cognac, brandy, and even whiskey.
Wholegrain Mustard; A thicker, crunchier variety of mustard in which the seeds have been ground only slightly, just enough to form a coarse paste.

Honey Mustard – One of the more mild varieties of mustard, this popular choice is blended with honey and is commonly used as a dip or dressing.

Chinese Mustard – A simple blend of mustard powder and water, this zesty combination is used primarily for dipping.

Mustard Oil – This prepared mustard is used for cooking rather than spreading or dipping, and is made by simply crushing the mustard seeds and extracting the oil. English Mustard – A mix of yellow and brown mustard seeds, this variety forgoes vinegar in exchange for water, creating an irresistibly hot condiment.

American Mustard – Also known as yellow mustard, this mild mustard is one of the most popular pairings for hot dogs and pretzels. The yellow color comes from the blend of yellow mustard seeds and turmeric.

French Mustard – pale yellow mustard from ground black mustard seeds

German Mustard – Thanks to the large variety of wursts and sausages in Germany, you’ll also find a large assortment of mustard varieties to pair with this popular dish.

Spicy Brown Mustard – brown mustard seeds soaked in small amounts of vinegar for a kick that’s more spicy than it is acidic.

Beer Mustard – Swap the vinegar base out for a beer base, and you’ve got a unique boozy twist on a condiment flavor!

Looking for some mustard-based recipes for your next cookout? Our friends at have shared some must-try recipes including a delicious Beer and Mustard Marinade, a Mustard Molasses BBQ Sauce, and a Chicken Mustard Marsala recipe!

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