A Vienna sausage (German: Wiener Würstchen, Wiener, Viennese/Austrian German: Frankfurter
|Würstl, virsli or European vienna sausage|
The ingredients, preparation, size and taste can vary widely by both manufacturer and region of sale.
In some European countries, cooked and often smoked wieners bought fresh from supermarkets,
|Smoked Vienna sausages|
In North America, the term "vienna sausage" has most often come to mean only smaller and much
|North American Vienna sausage in tomato sauce|
In some regions (especially the American South) these canned versions of Vienna Sausages are colloquially referred to as "Veye-EEnna" or "Vie-ee-nee" (vɑI-iː-nə / vɑI-iː-ni) sausages, or simply "vie-ee-nees." They are a common staple in lunches for those working in the skilled trades (such as construction trades) due to their ability to be eaten without being heated, their portability, and stable shelf life in hot climates. They are often paired with saltine or Ritz Crackers.
Homer Simpson professed his love for canned Vienna sausages in the season three episode of The Simpsons titled "Black Widower". Homer said: "You can't go wrong with cocktail weenies. They taste as good as they look, and they come with this delicious red sauce, it looks like ketchup, it tastes like ketchup, but brother, it ain’t ketchup."