Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst?
About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst. But they had to be careful. They couldn't burn it or break it.
A practice run was held to prepare for the city's 200th anniversary. That's when the volunteers will attempt to grill a 200-foot-long bratwurst, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. The Bicentennial Oktoberfest Weekend Celebration is Sept. 19-21.
Larry Schubert, who made the 60-pound sausage, led the effort. He unrolled it onto a specially made 100-foot metal trough, where the brat will be cooked. Volunteers used caution after practicing in August with a 50-foot bratwurst. That one broke in several places. It was turned too quickly and the grill was too hot.
A baking company will make a 200-foot-long bun to go with the bratwurst on Sept. 21. Donations will be collected from those who want to eat a piece. Proceeds will benefit food pantries that provide food to people who don't have enough food.
On Tuesday, after volunteers shoveled a layer of burning coal onto the grill, Schubert gingerly unrolled the brat. The group put on gloves and tried to rotate the brat. They wanted to cook it until the whole thing was 160 degrees and safe to eat.
At one point, Bob Schweiger, who was in the middle of the line, said: "We need a Band-Aid." But all was well.
A 50-foot bratwurst broke in several places when volunteers practiced in August. That's because they turned too quickly and the grill was too hot.
Schubert also will make the 200-foot brat to be grilled Sept. 21. The bun will be made at the bakery that morning. Then it will be carried down Main Street by the Lindenwood University band to where the brat will be grille