Call it a sizzling testament to the healing power of bacon.
The station had reported on Cantrell's love of bacon a few weeks earlier, and Oscar Mayer heard about it. The rest is center-cut, thick-sliced, hickory-smoked history.
"I could eat bacon for every meal. And I do!" Cantrell told KRBC/KTAB.
The Wienermobile rolled into tiny Richland Springs, population 338, over the weekend to give Pearl a ride around town and a cooler filled with bacon, with the promise of more bacon to come. The Wienermobile's driver called Cantrell "an inspiration for the community and her friends and family."
But she's so much more than that. Pearl Cantrell is a bacon beacon, a hero to anyone who loves meat candy and isn't shy about proclaiming it. What better ammunition could there be against good-natured warnings about saturated fat and clogged arteries, than a 105-year-old woman who eats bacon every chance she gets?
"I want other people to eat bacon. I tell them, too," Cantrell told KBRC/KTAB.
Bravo, Pearl. Bravo.