Snappy Dogs in Hopkinton, MA

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Day 13 brought the National Hot Dog Month 2012 Tour to Hopkinton, Massachusetts to a cute little trailer called Snappy Dogs. I promised the ladies some goodies, so I brought them each a National Hot Dog Month Tour tee shirt, graciously provided by the nice folks at DreamMaker Hot Dog Carts.

DreamMaker Hot Dog Carts National Hot Dog Month Tour Tee Shirt

A few weeks ago, I stopped at the Snappy Dogs trailer to issue Lisa and Teresa a challenge: create a Friday the 13th Special with Pearl Jalapeno Franks, Colman’s Prepared Mustard, and Onion Crunch.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light inspiration

The ladies, as usual, did not disappoint. They came up with a special dog called Paradise by the Dashboard Light. The ingredients were: a slice of meatloaf (hence the title of the Special) which had smoked mozzarella cheese and sun dried tomatoes baked in, a grilled jalapeno Pearl, beer based honey mustard made with Colman’s, zucchini slaw, and Onion Crunch. What an amazing creation. When I read about the special on the Snappy Dogs Facebook Page last night, I couldn’t get that song out of my mind! It was THE song of the summer of 1977.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light dog

I enjoy going to Snappy Dogs, just like I enjoy the other two “Boston Pearls” we visited this week. It isn’t just the juicy, grilled Pearl franks (don’t those jalapeno franks look good on the grill), it’s also the vibe around the trailer.

Jalapeno Pearl Franks

Snappy Dogs always seems to have a festive atmosphere around what Lisa calls their “cute, little trailer.” Part of the atmosphere is the ladies themselves; they have a smile and a story for everyone who stops by. They like joking around with the Hotdogman too.

Sharing a laugh with Lisa and Teresa of Snappy Dogs

Andrew Bennett, from the Benspark blog, and I hung out and shot our footage. Drew will  put his pictures (which are much better than mine) up on the Hot Dog Stories Facebook Page. We shot a bunch of footage, then it was time to chow down.

Chowing Down at Snappy Dogs

Drew had to leave at noon sharp to get ready for work- he does the night shift thing, so he missed one of the more interesting developments of the day. As I was packing up to go, Lisa’s phone rang. Her 18 year old was in a fender bender (she’s OK but the car isn’t), so Lisa had to go “rescue” her. They asked if I could fill in on the trailer for an hour or two. I have worked at Snappy Dogs in the past, filling in a day or two here and there, so I was ready to make the transformation from The Hotdogman to hot dog man.

Hotdogman working at Snappy Dogs

I helped Teresa get through a very busy lunch rush and held the fort until Lisa’s return. If you haven’t made the trek to Snappy Dogs, you should make it a point to stop by sometime- particularly on a Friday for the special of the week. Make sure you tell the gals, “the Hotdogman sent me!”

Enjoy the Video!

Happy National Hot Dog Month!

Happy National Hot Dog Month from Teresa and Lisa at Snappy Dogs!

The National Hot Dog Month 2012 Tour is brought to you by:
DreamMaker Hot Dog Carts
Onion Crunch
Pearl Meats

About hotdogman

I enjoy traveling and eating hot dogs wherever I am. I like to sample the local variations of America's favorite encased meat and discovering the stories behind the hot dog, the vendor, and the regional preferences. I also write about How to Start a Hot Dog Business, The Hot Dog Truck, The Shark Tank, and I have a personal blog, RobMerlinodotCom


  1. Good job. Great looking hot dogs. And and amazing shirt.

  2. Oh man, I totally missed all the hubub. sadly my Friday excursions get cut short because of sleep. I did have a great time before that though. Snappy Dogs is wonderful. The Snappy Girls are awesome! That dog today was terrific!

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