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It’s A Crime That Modern In-Car Hot Dog Sizzling Solutions Are Not More Common

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There’s no question that modern cars are pretty amazing. Say what you will about the character-laden, viscerally mechanical cars of old, but modern cars are fast, fuel efficient, almost too easy to drive, have more full-color screens than Times Square in 2002, and you can drive them full speed into an abandoned ginseng mine and walk away without a scratch. Despite all of these remarkable innovations, the sad truth is that if you enter your car with a full pack of uncooked hot dogs, you’re still condemned to the brutal, miserable fate of choking down cold frankfurters, tears of regret streaming down your face, because cars, even here in the Year of Our Ford 2022, offer no effective integrated means to cook hot dogs. This didn’t have to be like this; there was a time when the future seemed different — when bold, world-altering dreamers sought to improve humankind’s situation via remarkable tools like Thomas Manufacturing’s Mickey’s Hot Dog Sizzler.

Yes, in the 1950s, the dream of freshly-sizzled hot dogs while tearing ass down an open, two-lane highway was no longer a dream, but a reality, thanks to a dozen volts of electrical power and genuine American innovation.

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That newspaper clipping on the left pops up on sites all over the internet, but so far I haven’t located the original source paper. Sometimes there’s a different headline, so I suspect this was a syndicated story from a wire service that ran as filler in many papers.

Understandably excited news reports of the era breathlessly reported on what was likely hoped to be the start of a new era, one where piping-hot hot dogs were available at all times, regardless of where you happened to be or what your velocity was.

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Some articles showed the single-barrel Thomas Manufacturing device, while others, like the one on the right up there, appear to show an even more advanced twin-barrel hot dog cooker. Also, is the guy in the car Mickey, the name that appears on the Hot Dog Sizzler package? Maybe.

The ease of use of these devices is quite clear just by looking at those photos. The caulk-gun sized-and-shaped device seems to be precariously placed on the open glove box door; the driver simply slides out the Frankfurter receiving unit and then slides the dog into the electrically-heated cooking tube. You can see the cooked dogs and buns resting on the seat next to the guy in the left article there, ready to be assembled into delicious, life-enhancing hot dogs within moments.

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That twin-barrel one was known as the Car-B-Cue, and appears to be a significant upgrade over the Hot Dog Sizzler. Just look at what it offers:

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Not only do you get twice as much cooked hot dog output, but the Car-B-Cue has an integrated bun warmer, right there on the outer hull of the unit! This was state-of-the-art in mobile hot dog preparation, people, and I demand you look upon it and give it the respect it deserves. Imagine pulling up to pick up a date in your Nash and you have one of these going on the dash, sizzling and popping, filling up the car with the heady aroma of perfectly-electrocuted sausage and bun.

Your date opens the door, the smell of hot dog caresses their face, and they see those glorious dogs sizzling away on the dash – friend, you’re getting laid, no question, a guarantee of a night of erotic bliss, fueled by the dense calories provided by those dash-cooked hot dogs.

I’m certain you could do this while driving at 70 mph in a big, wallowy DeSoto or Hudson or whatever, steering with your knees, your left hand forcing a sizzling hot dog into your eager, hungry mouth while your right hand jams the next one into the searingly-hot metal tube.

Go ahead and copy-and-paste that paragraph up there onto a picture of a soaring eagle or something, because I’ve just described heaven for you.

As much as I hate to do so, I must drag you back to the grim, drab reality we all find ourselves trapped in, a reality where even if you scour the otherwise quite expansive set of 12V cooking appliances at sites like RoadTrucker.com, there isn’t a dashboard hot dog cooking solution to be found.

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What the hell? How can this be? How can there be a 12V car-seat slow cooker and no hot dog sizzle-loutions? Have we really lost our way so? Are we this lost, this bereft of the only things that keep life dazzling and glorious, like cooking a hot dog in a tube on your dashboard?

I hope not.

 

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Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 year ago

I must defend the honor of the single tube design, as the ad copy clearly states it also makes two dogs at once. Casting aspersions upon it will not be tolerated!

I would threaten to organize the readership to pelt you with handfuls of flaccid weiners, but suspect that may be something you don’t view as a punishment. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

M K
M K
1 year ago

I’m on Ebay right now looking for a Car-B-Cue!!!
I’m tired of wrapping up hot dogs in foil and cooking them on the exhaust manifold.

CRX89
CRX89
1 year ago

Imagine the smell

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago
Reply to  CRX89

Imagine the greasy crap on the floor after a dozen or so of them babies cooked in there

SquareTaillight2002
SquareTaillight2002
1 year ago

It is unclear how these actually work but when I was growing up, shortly after the invention of electricity, we actually had a weenie cooking appliance with prongs for each end of the dog. Then you plugged it in and it electrocuted the wiener from the inside out! Yes, we cooked our sausages in an electric chair. And it smelled exactly like you think it would. My mother thought it was a great invention until the fatty fluids invaded the plastic nether-regions and created a permanent reek.

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
1 year ago

A tractor guy I knew had heard about an accessory for Farmall tractors called the Pipin’ Hot that was a cabinet that bolted onto the muffler to keep a thermos of coffee hot. He spent years trying to find one and I don’t think he ever did. I would love to find one but I can’t even find an old brochure or ad for one.

Bwood
Bwood
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Metcalf

I was literally rolling on the floor. Well done, Torch!

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
1 year ago

We need this and a bacon cooker in our cars. Not as a subscription service, just we need it.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
1 year ago
10001010
10001010
1 year ago

While The Autopian is touting weiner warmers The Drive is going the opposite direction:
https://www.thedrive.com/news/its-time-for-a-c-crotch-vents-in-cars-to-make-a-comeback

Do these two articles cancel each other out?

Justin Grady
Justin Grady
1 year ago
Reply to  10001010

Look closely at who wrote the crotch vents article…. it’s a conspiracy! Of temperatures…..

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
1 year ago

On the old site they featured an in-development device for fully self driving cars called the Automoblow. I won’t go into the details, but you can probably guess the service it provides.

I cannot stress this enough- Never have your Hot Dog Sizzler and your Automoblow in the car with you at the same time. It’s not worth the risk.

Data
Data
1 year ago

“…ready to be assembled into delicious, life-enhancing hot dogs within moments.”

I hate to break it to you, but science says every hot dog you eat subtracts 36 minutes from your life. Thankfully, that’s most likely from the end of your life anyway, when your body is all old and decrepit from eating to many hot dogs.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/health/hot-dog-could-shorten-life-trnd-wellness-scn/index.html

I don’t know about you, but I could easily cook some hot dogs on the exterior of my car over the past few weeks.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
1 year ago
Reply to  Data

Joey Chestnut must have died in 1972 by now.

Erik Hancock
Erik Hancock
1 year ago
Reply to  Data

Ugh. These sensational headlines really annoy me – this sort of secondary-source science journalism is part of the reason why people don’t trust science. The title of the original journal article was “Small targeted dietary changes can yield substantial gains for human health and the environment” – a bit less catchy than “Eating a hot dog could take 36 minutes off your life.” Specifically, the study references something called the Health Nutritional Index that quantifies “marginal health effects in minutes of healthy life gained or lost.” It’s not about adding or subtracting actual minutes of your life, which is patently ridiculous because then you should be able to show that you just eat all the healthy foods and literally live forever. The index describes “healthy minutes” – in other words, the hot dog that leaves you with that not-so-fresh feeling immediately afterwards? That’s about half-an-hour of punishment for your GI tract thanks to all that processed meat. It’s actually a logical assessment that got twisted into this every-hot-dog-shortens-your-life argument.

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
1 year ago

I just can’t believe that it was acceptable for one to to stick their wiener in such a contraption. 😉

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
1 year ago
Reply to  Shooting Brake

Perhaps my post has been misconstrued?

(It’s times like this that I wish there was a “delete” function! )

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago

“you can drive them full speed into an abandoned ginseng mine and walk away without a scratch”
Citation, and photos, needed.

“because cars, even here in the Year of Our Ford 2022, offer no effective integrated means to cook hot dogs.”
I beg to differ. I believe that if you stuff a hot dog (which, like a human being, is basically a sack of salty meat) directly into a cigarette lighter socket, enough electricity would flow through it to heat up that dawg. Sure, you might have to swap it end for end to get it fully hot but I think it would work. And what is a heated seat if not a bun warmer and failing that, the windshield defroster vents should do a fine job when turned on high heat. My friend, modern cars DO have all the necessary components for a hotdog-a-palooza on the road.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
1 year ago

Boy, after a while, your car is gonna really smell bad

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
1 year ago

“Seat belts? Why do we need those?”

“Some yutz choked on a hot dog and crashed his DeSoto. His wife was impaled and partially cooked by their in-car weenie roaster.”

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

In more ways than one, brother. I’m willing to bet that the bizarre but predictable sex-related disasters that probably occurred with these devices caused the companies to go out of business due to liability costs.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

Augh… I meant to reply to the “your car is really gonna smell bad” comment from Icouldntfindaclevername.

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

“Jenny! get your brother’s foot out of that hot dog sizzler right now! “

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago
Reply to  DysLexus

lol’ing these replies are gold.

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

hahahhaah

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas
1 year ago

Before I saw even the packaging label I just KNEW that shit was straight out of Chicago…

John M
John M
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael Thomas

My brother in law lives in Chicago, (Lincoln Square) and even though they closed the nearby Brauhaus years ago the air still smells like hot dogs whenever we visit. Must be tough to get 52 years of sausage-boiling water stink out of the drains.

Chris Hoffpauir
Chris Hoffpauir
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael Thomas

Mickey’s Hot Dog Sizzler, endorsed by Abe Froman, The Sausage King of Chicago.

Last Pants
Last Pants
1 year ago

“Hold it right there mister or I’ll sizzle yer dog” I said to the would be carjacker.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Last Pants

As you angrily gestured with your Lucky Strike…

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
1 year ago

I learned two things today, the phrase ‘Year of our Ford’ and another level of the lunacy of in-car additions. I’m a little surprised there isn’t a cheap Amazon knockoff.. that said, maybe it’s time to offer an Autopian branded ‘Weiner Warmer’ for sale? That definitely won’t get any negative attention.

Last Pants
Last Pants
1 year ago
Reply to  Cool Dave

“Brave New World” is definitely worth a read! Take about half of the world controlling techniques out of “Brave New World” and about half out of “1984” and you pretty much get the picture.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Last Pants

100% this – excellent novel, and Huxley even had the U.S. specifically in mind when he conceived the style and feel of his unique dystopia.

And don’t forget Zamyatin’s “We”, which inspired both of them.

Last Pants
Last Pants
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Huh. Never read it. I’ll have to give it a go. Although for some reason I don’t really like translated books. There’s so much nuance in language and in the back of my head I always wonder how the sentence I’m reading would hit in the original.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Last Pants

I think you’d like it – the imagery is the big draw so the translation issues you mention (which is a good concern to point out) are mitigated. The society depicted is very futuristic and abstracted.

IIRC Orwell himself spent a ton of time and money trying to get it published in the west originally, and for a sci-fi novel written in the 1920s, it still holds up and feels almost post-modern at times. And would make an amazing movie.

Vic Vinegar
Vic Vinegar
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

There have been several Brave New World movies, but it seems they were all made for TV. One had Leonard Nimoy in it playing Mustafa Mond.

Then fairly recently there was a series on a streaming service, that I think that only made it one season. I didn’t think it was very good, and I’ve enjoyed the book enough to read it several times.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I read Brave New World when I was in sixth grade and my associations with the word pneumatic have never recovered.

From what I heard my sixth grade teacher never recovered either.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

“This is not an edit button”

Ha, wrote that before I clicked that link. I guess I am not alone in pneumatic making an impression, but I didn’t think it was that big a deal.

Nils Petter Bakken
Nils Petter Bakken
1 year ago

I think you can get a barbeque as a option on a Rivian. (David tested one)
Your backseat passenger would do the turning of the dogs, and you have to watch out for oncoming trafic

Jacob Rippey
Jacob Rippey
1 year ago

Torch, this content is why I come to The Autopian.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacob Rippey

I finally mustard up the strength to reply with my own bad pun.

kingRidiculous
kingRidiculous
1 year ago

This would pair well with an empty Gatorade bottle for those long runs between fill ups in modern high-mileage cars.

Urambo Tauro
Urambo Tauro
1 year ago

Neat! I never sausage a thing.

Duke of Kent
Duke of Kent
1 year ago
Reply to  Urambo Tauro

I relish the thought of something like this!

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago
Reply to  Urambo Tauro

Took me a moment to ketchup with you on this.

Boulevard_Yachtsman
Boulevard_Yachtsman
1 year ago
Reply to  Urambo Tauro

Beef me to it.

Chris with bad opinions
Chris with bad opinions
1 year ago
Reply to  Urambo Tauro

This comment is a real wiener.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago
Reply to  Urambo Tauro

I finally mustard up the strength to join in the fun with my own bad pun that belongs in the bun.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
1 year ago

My love of hot dogs knows no bounds. This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen since I saw a weeniesauras at CVS.

But why does the box say 110 volt “home model” while the plug is clearly 12 volts?

Phuzz
Phuzz
1 year ago

I’m guessing they sold the exact same device for both 120V AC and 12V DC, only changing the plugs. It might have a different cooking time, but I guess it probably wouldn’t burn down your house/car. Probably.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 year ago

I wonder how hot the outside of it got

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
1 year ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

We’re talking about 1950’s safety standards, so…

s0crates82
s0crates82
1 year ago

I’d imagine it’s on par with the Cornballer. 2nd degree burns minimum, guaranteed.

Ea Gregory
Ea Gregory
1 year ago

Great find – it’s…amazing…visions of a Mad Max world with Nightrider chowing down through V8 powered madness “I’m a fuel injected sizzlin’ machine!”

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Ea Gregory

“As long as the grating is clean, you boys can do what you like out there!”

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

deep cut, nicely done..

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
1 year ago

“Sizzle-lutions” is what a Snoop Dogg-endorsed version of this product would be called. I feel like this needs to happen.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
1 year ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

“Fo-sizzle My Hot-Dizzle”

Yeah, I could see that.

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