Massachusetts-based Kayem is one of the largest meat processors in New England, and they produce a huge variety of national and regional brands. Now, if you think that they simply make a bunch of franks and stick different labels on them, you'd be wrong. Kayem gathered these brands through years of mergers and acquisitions, and each branded product is made according to the recipes that came with the acquired companies.
Old Tyme Beef and Pork Franks has been a staple of the Kayem line for years, and tasting one now for me is like taking a bite of my childhood. Kayem is one of the three frank brands my mom used to buy for us when we were kids, and the flavor is just as good now as it was then. Slightly soft in texture with a rich and meaty flavor, Kayems are great for the grill or the griddle but not as good when steamed - the casings, while snappy, are thin and tender and don't steam well without splitting. Lightly browned on the grill, however, the dogs are perfect.