Libby’s Zesty Barbecue Vienna Sausage

I’ve always been told that one of the most important things one can do in life is make a good first impression. Unfortunately, I tend to ignore people I deem stupid so most advice goes way over my head. I once took a girl out on a first date and audibly complained that getting another slice of cheese on my burger costs an extra 30 cents. Later on, I mused about “really thinking about buying war bonds” and “striking it rich with Pog collecting.” After I finished explaining that “I’m not a stalker,” she seemed visibly disgusted.

Oh, the witty thought bubbles Blind Date would’ve put over our heads!

Alas, it was not meant to be.

But something I’ve learned from television is that no matter how badly you screw up, you can always dye your hair and move to a different state. This is why back in the 90′s I looked like an Asian Dennis Rodman. Not exactly a pretty sight, but that’s the sacrifice I had to make. All of that’s in the past and now I’m here with all you fine folks reviewing everything America has to offer: the good, the bad, and the Libby’s Zesty Barbecue Vienna Sausages.

Vienna sausages never made a good first impression with me. They were limp, soft, and devoid of any flavor except for perhaps urine and pig intestines. Looking like flaccid hot dogs didn’t help their case either. The fact that they even call it a Vienna sausage is obscene. It’s like inventing a “Luxembourg Sandwich” and making it with bologna and chicken gravy. Granted, that sounds absolutely delicious, but it doesn’t make it accurate.

Vienna is supposed to be a city rich with culture, history, and from what I gathered from the movie Hostel, hot and easy Euro chicks. These sausages have none of that.

Actually, I might be shortchanging them a bit — they might contain Euro chicks, since they’re already made with chicken, beef, and pork. Throw in some tuna and they could make a formidable basketball team down at the local YMCA.

Vienna sausages are life’s “fuck you” waiting in the cabinet when you’re hung over and depressed; heart welling with anguish after a long night of binge drinking because you’re wondering why Gordon Ramsey has to be so darn mean on Hell’s Kitchen. All you have left after that are these crimes against nature, which are mysteriously cheaper than cat food and come in disturbingly similar packaging. I’m not one to turn down a good can of Fancy Feast, but it’s not exactly something I’m proud of. There is a saving light, however! The sausages now come with a zesty barbecue sauce.

The makers of the sausage would like to believe that the addition of an awful sauce would make their product suitable for human consumption. My rebuttal would be a Lex Luthor-style WROOOONG!!!

Damn, where do I start?

The sausages have a distinct metallic aftertaste. I’m not sure if this is because they’ve been in a can since the first world war, but it is not exactly pleasing to the palette. The barbecue sauce is just regular Vienna sausage sauce mixed with some ketchup and brown sugar. It makes for a viscous disaster of a condiment. I tried them on a hot dog bun and barely got through two bites. I wouldn’t even feed it to my worst enemy, for I fear that upon consumption he would be stricken with so much rage that I would be immediately eviscerated.

Maybe it was stupidity or maybe it was morbid curiosity, but I was drawn to these things. For that, I am ashamed. I hope Libby’s enjoy their 48 cents, because it is safe to say that I will not be making this purchase again unless I am attempting suicide and need some extra incentive.

Item: Libby’s Zesty Barbecue Vienna Sausage
Price: 48 cents
Purchased at: Wal-Mart
Rating: 1 out of 5
Pros: Knowing that the production of this stuff at least gives people jobs.
Cons: Barbecue sauce on a god damn vienna sausage. Distinct metallic aftertaste. Complaining about the price of cheese on dates. Look like flaccid hot dogs. An Asian Dennis Rodman. Gordon Ramsey’s temper.

29 thoughts on “Libby’s Zesty Barbecue Vienna Sausage

  1. Noelle – The same reason I do anything in life: for the amusement of people on the internet.

    miss petite america – I don’t mind regular Vienna Sausages every once in a long while, but these just take it to another level of repulsion.

    Marvo – I was in elementary school the last time you had one, something tells me you didn’t like them THAT much.

    tanya – I used to eat them packed with that tomato sauce on French bread. It’s like tuna…with edible bones. Yum.

    ultradave – If I was one to anthropomorphize my food, I’d be pretty damn depressed every time I popped one of these cans open and imagined that the sausage brine was made of tears.

    Brie – I used to drink those little cups of half-and-half when I didn’t have milk. I feel your pain all too well.

    sara – Another good snack is raw ramen with the seasoning packet for flavor. However, I’m not sure what’s worse: the 13,000 milligrams of sodium and MSG, or the fact that I consider this a viable thing to eat.

  2. @Ace, wow… I’m not the only who’s eaten uncooked Ramen and dumped the salty ass seasoning on it for taste… Small world.

    You guys crack me up. I hope I never have to eat these things by choice. You’ve helped me make up my mind…

  3. Oh gawd, I’ve tried one of these before, my friend brought a vienna sausage sandwich to school when I was in 2d or 3rd grade, it was repulsive…Good on ya for trying one of these, Marvo. Hope you don’t get trichinosis.

  4. I took one bite, swallowed and puked all over the others. Disgusting taste. Great review Ace. Not as good as Marvin, but you have it too.

  5. Would you totally believe that these terrible excuses for ‘food product’ are considered a staple in the Philippines? My grandma and mom used to make me eat them with rice and egg. YUCK on a stick. A chopstick that is.

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