Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage | Junk Food Blog

06 June, 2006

Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage

As far as junk food goes, this pickled sausage from Penrose is about a junky as junk food can get. Penrose is a brand of pickled snack foods that's been around for 40 years, and is the industry leader in sales of pickled sausages.

Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage

I picked this up at my local AM/PM convenience store. It was sitting right by the check out counter, with the Slim Jims and the travel-sized packs of beef jerky. I decided to try it on for size. The store clerk shuddered in disbelief that I would actually want one of these.

In short, this like a "red hot" but pickled. The ingredients list on this thing says it's made with "mechanically separated chicken", pork, pork hearts, and beef, among the list of flavorings and chemicals.

It was kinda difficult removing this sausage from its package without damaging it. The thing wanted to crumble apart.

Once it was removed, the aroma (or should I say "odor") that permeated from this potent weenie was easily apparent within seconds. It didn't attack your nostrils the same way that a gob of wasabi might do, but it was enough to make you pull your head back.

Taste

The first thing that hits you is the potent and pungent flavor of the pickling juice. It's the same pickling juice they use with pickled eggs, mostly just vinegar and salt, and some paprika, according to the ingredients list.

It's hard to differentiate the taste of the sausage from the taste of the pickling juice. I'm not sure I can taste the sausage.

The label says that this is "300% Hotter". Compared to what? I don't know. These are definitely hot. The first bite won't burn you, it's after the fifth or sixth bite that'll have you waving your hand across your mouth. After eating half the weenie, my tongue is burning, my eyes are getting misty, and my scalp is starting to itch. But I can still eat more.

Quality

If you like pickles with extreme flavor, this has Extreme Flavor. If you like pickled eggs, you'll like this too, it's the same flavor.

The sausage leaves a thick film in the back of your throat, probably mucus as a natural defense against the hot spiciness.

I found it difficult to eat mainly because it kept crumbling apart. It's probably better to tear a hole at the top of the package, and squeeze the weenie out a bite at a time. Otherwise, you'll want a fork because it'll leave an oily-orange residue on your fingers.

Summary

This is definitely not something you'd want to eat on an empty stomach. I actually ate this just having finished a couple burritos from Del Taco. This is probably best as an after-meal snack.

On the snackability factor, one might desire to eat one of these things, but not several of them one right after another. I'd rather just eat one-half, and save the rest for another day. It's kinda like Kim Chi, you want to eat it, but you can only eat a little bit at a time.

I think this will be great in a bowl of chili, but crumbled up into pieces. It's got such intense flavor, that it'll give each spoonful a real kick.

Particulars

Where purchased: AM/PM convenience store
Cost: $1.29 each
Buy it online: JerkySupermarket.com

72 comments:

Lesley on 6/07/2006 04:20:00 AM said...

That is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen...and I live in the South! So much for breakfast this morning. I may not eat again for a while.

AKfilmguy on 6/16/2006 03:44:00 PM said...

MMMMMMM-MMMMM!!!! That Goood Sausage!

Jay on 8/02/2006 12:04:00 PM said...

I just had my first Tijuana Mama about 3 minutes ago. A coworker recommended it highly for it's delicios spice. I too enjoy spicy treats and I must say this one satisfies.

The "meat" was consistent and wasn't plagued with the overabundance of fat or gristly particles that often plague other snack sausages. That is a huge plus for me.

As I write this the heat and flavor (mostly the heat) are lingering in my mouth in a pleasant way.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Jon's B-World on 9/05/2006 06:42:00 PM said...

That is too funny. Just goes to show you can pickle just about anything, I may have to try doing that myself. If I do I will post the results at my website.

How To Pickle

Anonymous said...

Good quality 'mamas dont fall apart, your store probably handled or stored it wrong, allowing it to freeze ruins the texture, so will storing it in sunlight

Anonymous said...

i love these thing ive been eating them since i was 4 but when u buy them choose carefully because alot of the stores handle them wrong and they go bad. and what the bloody hell is wrong with the one in that pic up there ive never seen 1 look that bad iether its rotten or u microwaved it whatever u did please god never do again seriously man thats gross!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I eat at least one a day, and have for years, YEP, there is something wrong with the one in the picture, normally they are easy to get out of package, and Man O' Man are they good with Adult Refreshment.

Anonymous said...

I invented the Tijuana Mama in April 1987 at the Acme Packing Company in Baltimore, MD. The 300% Hotter claim is in relative to the regular Big Mama product. The soft texture is the aicd in the vinegar dissolving the protein bonds that hold the sausage together - a defect that can be caused in manufacuring, pickling, high storage temperature (>85F), or time (mushiness is one of the limits to shelf life). The product has changed through the years, especially since ConAgra bought the operation. Regular users were probably be happier with the quality of the Mexicana Hannah brand produced by Knauss Snack Foods/American Foods Group where there's still respect for the product you're offering consumers.

Anonymous said...

ok, what the writer said was BS. this pickled sausage is a beast. i love getting it from the icecream truck, and alot of the time after coming from my local convenience store. i think you opened the package WRONG, wtf were u doing.. seriously.. i havent ever had a tijuana hot sausage come out the package like that. seems like it cut up and smashed on purpose. but yea these things are definitely one of the best. it kicks hot mama's butt. you notice that it has way less noticeable fat than a hot mama has. lol, some ppl on my bus say it stinks, but i think they are just retarded. while, on the other hand, the more "smart" people would beg for a piece.. i prefer to eat it as slow as possible.. like the smallest bite u can take.. makes it o so worth it. i would recommend it.

Anonymous said...

OK For that to look that bad it appears to me by your comments that you do not like the Tijuana Mama and in ordered to make your story more better you took a pic of a badly mutalated sausage. This sausage did not end up looking that way on it's own it was helped along in some way. You should be ashamed of yourself distroying such a great piece of meat like that. I eat at least two of these a day and love love love them.

robert on 10/24/2007 02:28:00 AM said...

I work at a convince store and for one, what did you do to that poor sausage !! I agree if you eat it with your fingers then yes they get oily and orange. but that is why you push it through and even when pushing it through it keeps its shape. When Posting a blog you should think to get a product that is IN DATE because if it looked like that and you ate it! UGH poor thing! I buy those for my husband BOXES at a time! He Loves them SOO MUCH ! I have never bought any snack in Quantity as much as the Tijuana mama pickled sausages .
Tasha

David on 11/12/2007 06:02:00 PM said...

I agree that the Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage is a delicious snack that I sometimes crave. You might even go as far to say that I have a mild addiction to the spicy pickled sausage treat. I have been eating the Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage on and off for at least a duration of one year now. My comments on the pickled sausage in the photograph that is displayed above has clearly been tampered with in some sort of merciless way. My reason for the previous statement to be true is that I have never seen a Tijuana Mama in the condition like the one displayed in the image above. My final thoughts on this matter are thoughts of glee and happiness once I chomp in to this delightfully satisfying snack.

Anonymous said...

i ate one of those last night after about 10 beers at the local roadhouse. i damn near vomited.

Anna on 2/18/2008 02:05:00 AM said...

i saw this for sale in walmart when i was visiting the usa. i bought one and ate it in the carpark and had to go back for more.
i'm so sad they don't sell pickled sausages in australia.
mmmm, i can taste it now! oh the memories.

Anonymous said...

maybe you should give this one the "best 2 out of 3" trial, eh?

Anonymous said...

this is on of my favorite snacks! i only know one other person that enjoys these hot pickled sausage...i even drink the 'juice' in the bottom of the packaging. i've tried every hot sausage i can find and prefer tijuana mama's.
you should give it another try. the one in your description either seems old or stored in too high of a temperature.

Senor Doctaire said...

I want to pack a fatty at just the thought.

Anonymous said...

That is one damn good snack!

The photo is wrong - my mama was solid, not crumbly at all. I must admit that i am a TM rookie, but can say emphatically that i will be back 4 more.

giddy up.

BlazingBritches said...

Just had 6th mama of my life. The previous 5 are memorable not so much for the snack itself ( although they are tasty ), but more for the bathroom event that follows. Like a bad hangover, I always promise myself.. Never again. Then a few years go by, and I'm back on the toilet.

Woot !

Anonymous said...

I just had one today, it didn't taste really spicy since I eat spicy food everyday. The liquids at the bottom of the wrapping spilled on me

Anonymous said...

This snack is absoutly amazing. I ate this the entire time I was pregnant with my son. Of course the after math of coming out is not pleasant, but it didn't stop me from have 2 a day.

Defintely recommend this sausage to anyone! As a matter of fact, I'm going to stop and get me one after work..


MMMM!

Anonymous said...

I normally like the Penrose pickled sausages...Having said that I bought one this morning in my local grocery store and I just opened it and it was firm not like the picture but it tased horrible!!!

Anonymous said...

I never knew pickled sausage could be so comedic. THe post by blazing britches had me rolling with tears in my eyes.I to am addicted to these snacks. long live TM!!!!

Anonymous said...

I had a similar sausage at a bar in wisconsin, it was kind of like rubber and extreamly hot. I threw it down and it bounced off the pool table right into the biggest biker in the bars beer. Needless to say I bought the man another beer and got the hell out of there.Havent craved one since.

Anonymous said...

I found it kind of nauseating on an empty stomach, but at least I'm not hungry anymore.

Anonymous said...

dude I have one every other day after school and they're GREAT but I must admit the packages are sometimes cut open a little, but the picture that you did is screwed up, you must've done something to it because you didn't like it. 5 out of 5, you MUST try it

Anonymous said...

You definitely messed up that sausage in the picture. I eat about 4 a week and they never look like that. I love these things. They make you pucker up with a sour, hot taste. It's not for everyone, just like some don't like hot wings, slim jims, hot salsa, etc. If you like hot and sour stuff that makes you pucker up, enjoy as I do.

Anonymous said...

I tried a Lakeside Red Hot Pickled Sausage at a bar in NE WI, they are fantastic. Much better than the Tijuna Mama sausages.

Anonymous said...

they make your ass so hot you have to take a dump for hours

Anonymous said...

I just finished one for my breakfast. i go through phases of eating them but then my ass needs a break for a few months. I personally like the taste if Penrose's Firecracker better, but the 300% hotter gets me every time. MM MM good!!

Kay said...

man i these all day.. and i even buy the ones in the jar and just snack on them .. mmmmmm so good.. so satifying. I love pickly taste and i love spicy snacks!!!! this is perfect for my cravings.. has nothing to do with where you're from. I'm from manhattan.. this is my favorite snack in the WORLD

Anonymous said...

I eat these all of the time here in Texas. I have never had one that tasted horrible or looked like the one in the pic. TM sausages are one of those snacks that I crave from time to time. I think just after I am done typing this comment, I am gonna go and get me a few.......

Anonymous said...

i had just finished a two hour workout and drank some weight lifting stuff called anabolic switch my boy dared me to eat 2 of them so i did not 15 minutes had passed i could feel it sliding down my empty stomach it didnt burn so much goin down but the burps comin up burned like the pits of hell and that was just the beginning. i managed to make it home and use the rest of the roll of toilet paper and 3 socks my toilet bowl look like one of those scenes from kill bill movies i think its permanantly stained. i thought i was good so i decided to go see a local band that night and had a couple drinks (ok alot)tijuana mamas and jaeger bombs do not mix.i had to leave early due to the pungant odor coming from my backside that smelled like wet garbage and burnt hair. damn u tijuana mama

Anonymous said...

Tear an opening from the top and squeeze from the bottom. Eat it kind of like a pushup pop. Eat the top then push another bite up. No mess no mutilation.

These are good, but I actually prefer the "Big Mama". I think they are better refrigerated.

I haven't seen the Mexicana Hannah. I am anxious to try it.

Anonymous said...

I love the Tijuana Mama's. I eat them all the time, they are my favorite snack. I don't suggest eating them alone or after alcohol because like any spicy food, it doesn't mix well. I bought one at a gas station once and it was old...I really wanted it and thought it would be fine, but it was hard and didn't taste right. As long as the store takes care of them and it's not past the experation date they are the best spicy snack ever!

Anonymous said...

I am eating one right now... It isn’t bad at all. In fact I could go for another... I just don’t think my bowels are as excited.

Anonymous said...

Ive been eating these since I was 4 also. It started with the fircracker at the qwik shop down the street. Then it went to jars of Resers pickled polish sausages in glass jars. Yes tijuanna mamas are good so are screaming demon,fire cracker,hot head, big mammas etc. The best is still Resers in the jar. They don't have them on their web site and the only little store that sells them have to special order them, I don't know why????? They are the best.
And I agree the tijuana don't crumble. Choose firm and red not brown and smooshed!!

Michael on 3/28/2009 01:36:00 PM said...

Sinfully addictive, these things! And for those who can't take the heat, there's the "Big Mama" in the yellow package.

Say what you wat about junk food, and just be warned: They're addictive.

GasmasQ on 3/29/2009 01:20:00 AM said...

OMG These facking sausages are the best drunk snack on the planet! As has been stated profusely, you destroyed that sausage. I first had a TM at a party about a week ago, and regardless of the fact that I was quite inebriated, I still walked the 6 blocks in the 25 degree weather to get another two. I am quite addicted to Mama's now, and am thoroughly displeased that you did not enjoy the one you purchased. Please reconsider trying them again!

Anonymous said...

I love pickeled sausages. I tried this one before and it didn't fall apart as the one in the pic did. I liked the fact that it was a spicy sausage. However, I did not like the flavor of the hard film around it which tasted like a rubber tire.

Anonymous said...

I eat one of these babys once a week for the long drive home for work. The first 6 bits are ok, but after that the heat increases until its finished. The after burn lasts about 20 minutes after you finish it, but its a good burn/pain. There great and always have great texture. Try one please!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I'm posting on a 2 1/2 year old story. We all need our minutes of fame I guess. Anyway, when I lived and worked in Mississippi, Penrose hot sausage was always in a gallon jar on the bar counter next to a gallon of dill pickles. When the jars were empty the owners wife boiled a couple dozen eggs and put them in the gallon jar. She poured Half the sausage juice and Half the pickle juice over the peeled boiled eggs. They sat right there on the bar next to the sausage and eggs, We sold alot of them, with a side of individually wrapped saltines. mmm...good. Oh the things we'll eat when we are drunk and hungry and not ready to go home. lol I actually found this blog looking for a recipe for deviled eggs. oh the irony.

Anonymous said...

bucking dankalicious. bout to grub on one

Anonymous said...

i put one of these in my babys crib to shut him up at night..he gets real sick

Anonymous said...

I love TJ MAMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i love those i eat them in tha morning b4 school, or otha types. i love the hottness it dnt botha me i love spicy food!!

Anonymous said...

No one mentioned that shortly after eating one of these you will have to shit in a bad way. The shitting isn't so bad as the burning asshole which will make you think twice about buyin another one of these tasty treats.

Anonymous said...

It's 300% hotter than the ones in the yellow wrapper. I love these, they're my favorite, I don't know why people think they're so hot, i eat them with no drink.

Drake Gein said...

You obviously got a bad one, because I have never had a Tijuana Mama like the one you have described.
I usually eat 2 & they're not really even hot enough for me.

Anonymous said...

i ate one of these last night before bed. horrible idea. my ass is destroyed right now. i got a cappucino from starbucks this morning and now i feel like my innards are boiling inside me. oh god. the pickled sausage is good though. i like the strong flavor but it has wrecked my ass and im at work and just want to go home and sit on the toilet for the rest of the day.

Ryoko Katsuya on 8/21/2009 08:55:00 PM said...

I love these things.
Having my face turn red and my mouth feeling like its going to burn off is the best part.
I love pickles so I find these so DELICIOUS.

Anonymous said...

I dont know what you did to it for the picture but ive never bought one that looked like that.

Anonymous said...

You got a bad one, they should be pretty much the same consistency as a red hot or "hot dog" even . If it's that soft you shouldn't have eaten it. It had been sitting a looooooong time, and was at that point just waiting for a victim. I bet your rectum was rect after that one.

Anonymous said...

These things are great, and you can't help but crave them. You definitely messed up the one in the picture. Also, after having tried about 10 different brands, nothing beats the Tijuana mama.

Anonymous said...

I'm crapping one out right now. I ate it about 8 hours ago. I'm sitting here reading these posts and laughing. That helps the poop come out! I googled Tijuana Momma burns ass, and found this post.

Jason Martin on 3/17/2010 01:03:00 PM said...

I love me some Tijuana Mamas!

Anonymous said...

Spicy on the way in..and spicy on the way out. I buy these 2 at a time at 7-11 with a Coke Slurpee.

Stephen on 6/09/2010 08:32:00 PM said...

I discovered these while traveling across the country. They taste better when they are fresh, but that's not saying much. You either like them or you don't.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. These comments are so funny! I'm looking for Reser's Hot Mama's for my husband for Father's Day. Stumbled onto this blog...trying to laugh quietly so hubby won't ask. Think I'll settle for these. Hope they don't inflame his hemrroids:)

Anonymous said...

Used to get these -when they weren't sold out- when I was in the Army... I liked them.

Anonymous said...

try enjoying one of these when its on its way out..

Anonymous said...

These things are fantastic for a bit of "spring cleaning". No joke: they WILL give you the squirts

Anonymous said...

They're not that hot on the way out, nor are they all that spicy. Anybody who considers themselves a regular consumer of legitimately "hot" level food should be fine.

Too much Tabasco or spicy Indian curry will produce that result in me, but never a single Tijuana Mama. It's just not "stupid" hot like the kind that burns your o-ring.

Note: If you think ranch dressing goes on baked chicken wings or all chili comes with beans, you might have a sore butthole from this. That is the least of your problems, however...

Anonymous said...

Seriously, there’s no reason in the world anyone would ever want to eat one of these things after reading the label, but for some reason I’m hooked on them, they’re incredible. They fulfill a previously neglected craving or something. The photo above is an anomaly; I’ve never seen a Tijuana Mama that wasn’t perfect.

Anonymous said...

Once while traveling I ate to on a empty stomach and all h*ll broke loose, I was crapping blood for a week, it was too hot to taste, the jaccuzzi at our hotel was a special treat to my a**hole as the pain sent me to the moon several times! Good and hot , yep, dangerous , yep, needed medication to heal my burt out anus!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yummy. It burns but awesome

Anonymous said...

tijuana mama's are my favorite meat snack... so delicious. the guy that wrote the review is an 1diot

Anonymous said...

I also googled, "Tijuana Mamma burned my asshole," and got here. It was good, cost $1.39 at 7-11 at 4am. Do not eat this on an empty stomach. Very good heat, enough to get you high from the pain (which is why people are so addicted to hot stuff, it makes your brain release happy chemicals if its hot enough) If you put one of them in a blender, you get an idea of what it comes out as. Scissors are the best way to open it, then push it out bite at a time leaving the juice in bottom of wrapper.

Personally, I would much rather a spicey big bite. Which 7-11 no longer offers. Probably because of complaints about the bathroom experience also.

ownershipx on 8/17/2011 11:29:00 AM said...

You are retarded. First of all you cant remove a wiener from a package without mutilating it.. second.. it means 300% hotter than the original flavor.. third of all.. why the hell are you trying something that you think is disgusting. Someone who likes pickled products should write a review on this.. not you.

Anonymous said...

FYI the best pickled sausage on the face of the planet are Glazier's. They used to sell them in the bars up in the northeast. Check em out at www.shop.glazierhotdog.com

Anonymous said...

I once had my girlfriend drive me to 5 different stores to fix my craving. Very good with a few beers. I guess i have a cast iron stomach cuz i've never had prob passing this one.Love it or hate it I think they're great.

Anonymous said...

how the hell do you ppl eat them ? i went to go bathroom this morning, and lets just say i was in there for a good 30 minutes. my bum hole was burning like idk what!!!

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