HUNTINGTON - Walk into Hillbilly Hot Dogs and you'll most likely be greeted with "Come on in y'all" or the sound of the Weenie Song.
For more than a decade, Sonny and Sharie Knight have been serving up tasty all-beef hot dogs at their locations in Huntington and Lesage.
Their famous wieners have been featured in the Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, as well as on the Travel Channel, Food Network and the popular television show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri."
As of last week, Hillbilly Hot Dogs added another item to their menu. If their 15-inch Homewrecker wasn't enough to fill you up, maybe their 4.5-pound, 24-inch Widow Maker will do the trick.
That's right. Hillbilly Hot Dogs is now home to a two-foot-long weenie. The Knights claim it is the longest hot dog that is commercially available in the U.S.
"We got an email from someone and was informed that our Homewrecker could not take claim of being the longest hot dog," Sharie said. "We were told that Alice Cooper's Cooperstown restaurant in Arizona had a 22-inch hot dog named 'The Big Unit.'
We had to see it for ourselves so we took a little road trip."
The Knights headed west to California, which is Sharie's home state. They made a pit stop at Cooperstown in Phoenix and ate lunch. The two ordered "The Big Unit" to go and hauled it back to West Virginia to show their staff.
"We wanted to show our employees what we were up against," Sharie said. "We had a dilemma on our hands so we took the hot dog to Buddy Logan and asked if he could help us with getting a 24-inch weenie."
Buddy Logan, of Logan's Meat Packing Company in Huntington, has been supplying Hillbilly Hot Dogs with meat since they opened in 1999. He worked his magic and was able to make a 24-inch hot dog.
Brunetti's Italian Bakery in Kenova took on the challenge of making a bun that would fit the wiener.
Once the Knights knew they could pull it off, they needed to come up with a name for the hot dog.
"We didn't want to name it the Homewrecker 2 so we decided to have our customers name it by participating in a social media competition," Sharie said. "We had hundreds of names that we had to choose from. We narrowed it down to 20 names and then down to 10."
The Widow Maker beat out nine other names for the top spot. The other choices that were submitted included The Double Dog Dare Ya, The Boss Hog, The Boss Dog, The Mobile Home Wrecker, The Two Timer, The Appalachian Palpitation, The National Debt, All Knight Long and The Hillbilly Wrecker.
Steve Alley, 37, of Chesapeake, Ohio, was one of the customers that submitted the Widow Maker name. In the last few hours of the competition, he asked his Facebook friends to vote for his submission.