Usually when Hotdoggers encounter a brightly colored, round object floating above the rest of the crowd, we see the perfectly toasted yellow and orange of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile smiling back at us. On a recent trip to Albuquerque, NM, however, Jess Grillin’ and I took the scenic-kraut for a stop at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum where the objects floating in the sky were beautiful hot air balloons. After a bunderful afternoon speaking with balloon and Wienermobile enthusiasts, I am proposing to hot dog headquarters that the newest addition to the Wienermobile fleet be a 27-foot-long hot air balloon hot dog meant to float across the sunny skies. Be sure to check above you for the Oscar Mayer hot dog full of hot air!
Life Inside the Wienermobile Vehicle
Stories from the road
When you think of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and the word ‘link’ a few puns popular with Hotdoggers come to my mind. Two Wienermobile vehicles can link up and cruise the hot dog highways together, we have the always adorable and unique Lil’ Link Mini-Cooper Wienermobile, and when two hot dog enthusiasts tie the knot we might as well call it getting linked. On a recent day in beautiful Ontario, CA, Jess Grillin’ and I invited Wienermobile visitors to hit the links with us for a little bun in the sun!
Across the hot dog highways, bacon is in the air. Whether is it is crumbled and crispy and on pizza, a perfect strip paired with a maple donut, or classically served with your weekend breakfast, bacon is a crowd pleaser. While visiting family in Cincinnati, I was happy to see a package of Oscar Mayer Selects Bacon in my parent’s fridge. Check out this basket weave of bacon, perfect for pairing with toast and eggs or tomato and lettuce for a lunch-time BLT.
A special bond links twelve Hotdoggers each year, but the hot high highways have been shorter for the East and Midwest teams these past few months. The two teams of ‘Doggers left home-sweet-hot dog Madison, Wisconsin together where we relished the 200 miles where we traveled the same route and I could see a Wienermobile in the rear view mirror. Later we were able to meat up for a little hamming around in October. Instead of Beefelicious Ben and I spreading miles of smiles and taking the big dog to see the sights in town, we doubled our efforts with our Midwest team counterparts for an added does of frankfurter-loving fun!
A few things simply scream of fall. Pumpkin flavored everything, Halloween activities, fall treats, and weekends watching football are a few that come to my mind. Another great thing about fall is how perfectly the Wienermobile fits right in with all these fun activites. When the little ones are decked out in their costumes or when the gang is gathering around the table at Thanksgiving, memories with those special in our lives come easily. And though it may not seem like it the time where you stumble upon the Wienermobile while running your weekly errands is another great time to share a smile and a moment to savor with someone special.
As a Hotdogger, I have made many memories that involve the big dog. If you cross paths with one of the 27-foot-long hot dogs sometime this season, I encourage you to take an extra few minutes and make another memory to relish.
Have you ever wondered through a parking lot continually clicking your automatic lock for the welcoming “beep beep” of your nearby vehicle, only to have your call go unanswered? I can tell you from experience that I used to have this problem. Now with the help of a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels, I no longer experience this challenge. The Wienermobile is perfectly toasted to a bright hue, hungers for attention, and on its hind legs, sits 11 feet high. This is one vehicle that does not get lost in the pack!
It has happened: the first snow of the year has fallen on the Wienermobile! One crisp day in Connecticut, Beefelicious Ben and I set out to cross the river and roll through the woods. Once we arrived near grandmother’s house, WNRMBLE was ready for its toasted buns to go from hot dog to chili dog, all in the matter of a hours! The big dog always looks beautiful, but the first snowfall of the year has a way of bringing a special glow to everything around it.
Beefelicious Ben and I have been the lucky dogs traveling the East Coast this past summer. During our off time, we made a trip to Newport, Rhode Island to bring the big dog to see some of the beautiful scenery. The beach and setting sun was the perfect condiment to the toasted fiberglass buns of the Wienermobile vehicle.
How many family vacations did you spend while growing up visiting places mentioned in your middle school history classes? Hopefully a few! Though we see everything over the dasch-dog of the 27-foot-long hot dog, our love for history and learning is only enhanced with one of man’s best friend along for the ride.
One of these unique learning experiences was on a drive day leaving the Baltimore-area and heading west. We saw a sign along the hot dog highway and took a detour! We then got to take the Wienermobile on an 8-mile driving tour of the Antietam battlefield. WNRMBLE stood out against the back drop of history, like only a giant, fiberglass frankfurter could.
Grease a cupcake tin (makes 12 muffins)
Cut up 8 hot dogs (4 of both the New York Style and Chicago Recipe Selects hot dogs) into bite sized pieces.
Keeping the varieteies separate, divide among 12 cupcake tins.
Whisk together milk and eggs (per directions on corn muffin mix)
In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and corn muffin mix.
Combine the wet and dry components and pour over the hot dog pieces placed in the bottom of greased cupcake pans.
Bake for 14-17 minutes, or as directed on corn muffin mix, at 350 degrees.
Time to enjoy a fun and new way to serve hot dogs! I like mine with mustard.