Next time your trucking charity is having a cookout, maybe you should give OOIDA Life Member Bill Perregaux a call.
Perregaux, of Waukesha, Wis., is one of the skippers for the Johnsonville Brats Big Taste Grill, a sight that’s sure to bring a tear to the eye of any grillmaster (and probably a hearty rumble in the stomach too).
The grill itself is 20 feet tall, 65 feet long, and 6 feet in diameter. The lid alone weighs 6,000 lbs., and is opened via a hydraulic system. Underneath all that is a 440,000-BTU grilling area that (with enough volunteers) can turn out 2,500 perfectly cooked brats in an hour, or 750 in a single sitting on more than 40 square feet of grill. A 4-foot aluminum walkway surrounds the grilling area, giving cooks and volunteers room to maneuver.