May 2, 2012
The Big Taste Grill is ready to cook thousands of bratwurst

Thumbnail image for download.jpgThe Johnsonville Big Taste Grill gets around, having made appearances at the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, the Kentucky Derby, even the Pentagon.

It sure won't fit in your back yard, but it is coming to our area to host what could be the biggest tailgate parties ever.

The world's largest touring grill was built by the Johnsonville Sausage Co. of Wisconsin in 1995 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Now three Godzilla-size grills tour the country, cooking and selling bratwurst to raise money for local and national charities - $3 million so far.

The grill's numbers are impressive:
- Weight: 53,000 pounds. Diameter: six feet. Height: 20 feet. Length: 65 feet.
- The lid weighs 6,000 pounds.
- Grilling power is 440,000 BTUs.
- The onboard refrigerator stores 1,000 pounds of brats.
- The grill cooks 750 brats at once - about 2,500 per hour.

If you think you can handle all that, here's the Big Taste Grill's schedule of upcoming events:

May 12-13: The grill will be smokin' at the Roseville Berry Fest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd.; (916) 786-2023.

May 15: Safeway supermarket, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8640 Sierra College Blvd., Roseville; (916) 783-2225.

May 17: Food Maxx, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1845 Countryside Drive, Turlock; (209) 632-0825.

May 19-20: Galt Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m. 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively, 900 Carolina Ave., Galt; (209) 745-2529.

For more information about the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, go to While you're at the website, check out the rules to enter the No Ordinary Burger Contest, good for $10,000.

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