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Johnsonville – Make the Best of the Wurst Tailgate

Posted by Brandon On January - 31 - 2014

As much as we love them, sports tend to come with their frustrations.  Being a fan of some franchises that haven’t  seen championship glory in a few years, if at all, this is nothing new for me. However I can say with some amount of pride, that my Buffalo Bills did not finish dead last this year.  That unenviable distinction went to the Houston Texans.

Even though their team fell short of expectations, Texans fans were still rewarded for their loyalty when Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill showed up at a local shopping mall for one last tailgate party.   If there was ever a silver lining to be had from such a miserable season, the arrival of a tractor trailer size grill loaded with premier sausage would definitely be it.  If that wasn’t enough donations were accepted for a local charity that specializes in helping people who have fallen on hard times.

Below you can see a couple of pictures from the event, and you can click here and here for some videos that the local news station produced.   After those be sure to check out a super easy recipe that I found on Johnsonville‘s page for a sandwich that should be right at home for whatever festivities you may be planning for this weekend’s big game.


Reuben Brat Hoagie

(Originally found at http://www.johnsonville.com/recipe/reuben-brat-hoagie.html)

What you need

  • 1 package (19 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Original Bratwurst
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/3 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup coarse ground mustard
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, drained
  • 12 slicesSwiss cheese, thinly sliced


  • 1 Grill brats according to package directions. When cool enough to handle, cut into ¼-inch bias slices.
  • 2 In a skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine salad dressing and mustard.
  • 3 Slice French bread lengthwise and transfer to a baking sheet.
  • 4 Spread salad dressing mixture on the inside of bread. Layer bottom of bread with six slices of cheese, brats, onions, sauerkraut and cheese.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut hoagie and serve hot.
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