There is nothing like a grilled meal and now that winter is over, it’s time to start the season by firing up your grills. Did you know the over 80% of “mature millennials” – millennials between 25-33 – rank grilling as one of their favorite summer activities? It is one of the good things of summer. But why wait until summer? People who love to grill can’t wait to grill – and these extreme grillers may even do it when it’s not quite time yet.
To kick off grilling season, Johnsonville sponsored the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge, so shivering participants could warm up with piping hot Johnsonville #FirstBrats of the season, fresh off the burners of the Big Taste Grill. The Big Taste Grill is a 20-foot tall, 65-foot long grill, which cooks 2,500 brats an hour or 750 bratwurst at a time on its 40 square feet of grilling surface. Wow! That is a lot of brats!!! Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher helped Johnsonville grill and serve bratwursts at Sunday’s Chicago Polar Plunge on March 5, 2017, in Chicago.
The Plunge was hosted and benefits Special Olympics Chicago, which aligns directly with the charitable mission of the Big Taste Grill. If these extreme plungers were willing to jump in freezing water for a good cause, Johnsonville wanted to be a part of it, as they don’t let the weather get in the way of what they love – grilling brats.
You might have missed this fun event and not have quite as big of a grill but you can still start grilling some brats yourself and start grilling season! I personally love the Johnsonville Chicken sausages. YUM!
You also can enter to win the Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats Contest and the Grand Prize is snow removal or lawn care for a year, a value of $1,500. The Contest begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time on March 8, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on May 15, 2017.
There are two (2) ways to enter:
Online: During the Contest Period, an entrant may visit www.FirstBratsContest.com, enter his/her email address, and follow the instructions to register by entering all information requested on the registration form. After an entrant has registered, he/she may follow the instructions to upload one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season”.
Social Media: During the Contest Period, an entrant may (a) log in to his/her Twitter or Instagram account, follow @Johnsonville on Twitter or @jvillesausage on Instagram (if he/she does not already), and post a Tweet/post that includes one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest” or (b) log in to his/her Facebook account, visit Sponsor’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnsonville/, and post a comment responding to Sponsor’s Invitation Post that includes a photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest.
Following the Contest period, all eligible entries received during the Contest period will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Johnsonville. The judges will score the entries according to the following weighted criteria: creativity, photo quality and relevance to the Contest theme (e.g., entry captures the passion for grilling even if the weather is not ideal for grilling).
Limit one (1) prize per person
There is a limit of one (1) entry per entry method per person per calendar day during the Contest period (i.e., an entrant may receive one entry each via www.FirstBratsContest.com, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for a total of five (5) entries per day.
Official Contest rules can be found at www.FirstBratsContest.com.
Let the grilling season begin!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.