Meat straws are a thing, and your Sunday brunch needs them

Jun 2, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Attention, bloody mary-loving carnivores: I have just learned that meat straws exist, and my mind is officially blown.

Recently there has been a trend of garnishing bloody marys in the most absurd way possible. It seems the more over-the-top, the better.

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

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As much as I love over-the-top food, I have to admit I'm not a big fan of this trend. I mean, really, nobody needs an entire fried chicken with their cocktail. A chicken wing, maybe, but that's where I draw the line.

However, if you give me a straw made out of meat through which I can sip my bloody mary, I will hail you a genius. Because meat straws are infinitely better than fried chickens or crustaceans, obviously. (Plus, it kind of looks like a Slim Jim and seems like a good excuse to revisit that snack from my childhood that I would otherwise feel really guilty about eating.)

bloody mary with a meat straw

Image: Benny's Original Meat Straws

So, Ben Hirko, creator of these glorious straws, I salute you and your meaty ingenuity. You have just managed to make the best part of Sunday brunch even better. You can order your own stash at Benny's Original Meat Straws. Your brunch guests will thank you.

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