For the Reporter
The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill is no ordinary backyard barbecue.
The world’s largest touring grill will be at Emerald Downs in Auburn from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 3 and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
Weighing more than 53,000 pounds and measuring 65 feet long, this giant grill requires its own semi-truck to haul it from one location to another. It is equipped with hot and cold running water, a prep station, and a refrigeration unit.
The grill has the capacity to cook more than 750 brats at a time — approximately 2,500 per hour — and can accommodate more than a dozen grillmasters.
Proceeds from sales at the grill benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. To date, the Big Taste Grill has raised more than $2 million for charities across the United States and Canada.
“People who see the Big Taste Grill for the first time are awestruck because of its enormity and uniqueness,” says Cory Bouck of Johnsonville. “We think it’s a memorable way for people to try the great taste of Johnsonville bratwurst while supporting their favorite charities.”