A Short drive to Beautiful Big Bay Michigan, and a hot, easy (and HOPEFULLY FOOL-PROOF) Family Friendly meal will travel with you, as you drive to Big Bay Michigan for this weeks Redneck Roadtrip Recipe. It’s a short 30 minute drive on Picturesque County Road 550 from Marquette to Big Bay, and here’s a pretty easy and inexpensive meal for those who have never cooked on a car engine before.
- CAR (DUH!!)
- HOT DOGS (ANY BRAND)
- CAN OF BAKED BEANS (AGAIN, YOUR CHOICE)
- TIN FOIL (LOTS OF TIN FOIL)
- A PAIR OF HEAT RESISTANT GLOVES
- A SMALL BOTTLE OF WATER
- PAPER PLATES, NAPKINS
- THE USUAL PICNIC SUPPLIES AND CONDIMENTS
- SOME FREE TIME
The recipe is quite Simple; Take a package or two of hot fogs and place them in tin foil, add a small amount of water, then TIGHTLY wrap the hot dogs in the tinfoil. Then wrap with Another layer of tin foil. A Third layer is fine if you like, since we added a small amount of water, the double wrapping will keep the moisture in – you won’t be boiling the hotdogs; they will actually steam in the foil wrapper.
Next, find a nice secure spot on your engine. Now generally, engines aren’t the cleanest surface, but don’t worry, it WILL NOT effect the taste of your engine….or the food when wrapped tightly. Just try to find a relatively clean spot that you can place the package, somewhere so it doesn’t slip out while driving.
Next, take a double or triple layer of tinfoil and make a small shaped bowl, put the can of beans in the foil container, and again, wrap it and seal it TIGHTLY. Feel free to add another layer or two if you wish, then place in in a relatively clean and secure area on the engine. If in doubt, invest in some fireproof bungee cords to secure your packages to the motor.
REMEMBER: The packs WILL EXPAND, just like Jiffy Pop popcorn does on the heat, so make sure it’s not TOO tightly snugged down, but secure enough to keep from sliding around.
NEXT, gather the family or friends, load up the car and take a short 1/2 hour drive from Marquette up County Road 550 to Historic Big Bay Michigan. Take your time. Enjoy the scenery. Don’t speed; It’s the Journey, not the Destination.
When you get to Cram’s General store in Big Bay, stop and grab a pack of hot dog buns, take them out to the car, take them out of the plastic wrapper and put then in a double wrap of tin-foil with only a drop or two of water; Again, seal tightly and place on the engine.
Now, Perkins Park is right across the street from Cram’s; Pay the dollar park fee and find yourself a spot on the beach with a picnic table. Shut off the car, put on your gloves, and removes the buns first (so they don’t burn), then carefully remove the hot dogs and beans from the engine. THEY WILL BE HOT!! THE TINFOIL PACKAGES ARE FILLED WITH STEAM SO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU OPEN THE PACKAGES!
At this point, you should be able to figure out the rest….If not, then you shouldn’t be driving and the previous instructions were a waste of time anyhow. Ask someone else to drive you back to Marquette. (Just Kidding…sort of)
The tinfoil might be discolored but the contents should be steamed and cooked to a nicely done temperature, ready to plate up and enjoy on the shores of Lake Independence….A nice drive, and hot meal, a beautiful location, and now your car is a multi-tasking cooking machine. OF course, the beans & weenies were used so you can get used to prepping the foods, and seeing how hot your individual engine gets. You can always substitute Brats & Spaghetti, Stews, you get the idea…if Not, refer to paragraph above.
Next week, we’ll travel to a different location and come up with another menu for you to travel and enjoy in our next installment of Redneck Roadtrip Recipes. If you try this, LOVE to see a picture as the meal and trip progresses. Send your email and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org