Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst?
Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst? Mabel and Larry Schubert help lay out a 100 foot-long bratwurst on a grill at the Silver Creek Saloon in Belleville, Ill. At left, President Obama bites a brat in Milwaukee (AP photo / Reuters)
Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst?
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About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it.

Silver Creek Saloon hosted a practice run Tuesday to prepare for the city's 200th anniversary celebration Sept 19-21, where the volunteers will attempt to grill a 200-foot-long bratwurst, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

On Tuesday, Larry Schubert, who made the 60-pound sausage, led the effort to unroll it onto a specially made 100-foot metal trough. Volunteers exercised more caution after practicing in August with a 50-foot bratwurst, which broke in several places because 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 of the bratwurst, with proceeds to benefit food pantries.

On Tuesday, volunteers shoveled a layer of burning coal onto the trough before Schubert gingerly unrolled the 60 pounds of brat he made onto the grill. Then the group put on gloves and tried to rotate the brat, gently and at the same time, 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," as organizers walked by to inspect the damage, according to News-Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.

"It's not a break," decided Amy Bouvet, of the Belleville 200 Committee. "It's just a split."

A 50-foot bratwurst broke in several places when volunteers practiced in August because volunteers turned too quickly and the grill was too hot.

Schubert also said he decided to make the brat's casing a day ahead this time, instead of the morning of the practice. He also will make the 200-foot brat to be grilled Sept. 21 and the bun will be made at the bakery that morning before the whole thing is carried down Main Street to where the bratwurst will be grilled. The Lindenwood University football team will carry the bun and grill.

Teresa Hessel, of the Belleville 200 Committee, said event organizers initially wanted to break a world record for the longest grilled bratwurst but now the event will be unofficial because organizers do not wish to pay the fee to have the record be recognized by the World Record Academy, she said.

"We need to put all the money we have toward the festival," Hessel said."

Critical thinking challenge: Why is the football team carrying the bun? Why is a football team better qualified for this task than a basketball team?

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  • cm2001KING
    9/12/2014 - 08:36 a.m.

    The football team is longer then a basketball team that's why they are carrying the bun and a football team is better prepared for this then a basketball team because football they eat more stuff to gain weight but basketball u have to maintain your weight

  • r2000soccer
    9/12/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    because football players hold ball very carefully they know how to hold ball they use the same trick to hold bun that's why they choose football team to hold bun

  • sailormars89
    9/12/2014 - 10:32 a.m.

    I would not eat a 200 foot long bratwurst no way I would eat it no I wouldn't eat it no I can't eat it

  • ws2001wrex
    9/12/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    Because an football team has more players and can lift up heavy objects with ease,. The football team is better qualified to do this because their stronger and have better teamwork than a basketball team. (This is my opinion, this is NOT a fact.)

    9/12/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    Because football players hold a ball very carefully so they will know how to hold the bun. They will have a very good grip on the football. Basketball players wouldn't hold it as safely as the football players.

  • evanbu-Mil
    9/12/2014 - 01:58 p.m.

    I enjoyed this article about a 100 foot brat. It was very entertaining. Those people must be very skilled to make the brat without cracking or turning it to soon. I think they will be able to make the 200 foot brat. Thanks for reading my comment.

  • icegits
    9/12/2014 - 02:13 p.m.

    I like the fact that all of these people came together to do something fun and good for the community (by donating the money). As for the brat, All i can say is I want to see one.

  • jordynt-Mil
    9/12/2014 - 03:36 p.m.

    I really enjoyed this article about the 100 ft long bratwurst. This is hard to believe because they had to have been very careful with the brat to make sure they did not break it like they did with the 50 ft long brat. I wonder what they would have done if they would have broken the brat. Do you think that they would have made a whole other brat? I bet that they will want to pay the extra money to put their story in the World Record Academy.

  • NashMcComsey-Ste
    9/15/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    To answer the title question, no, and emphatically no. Nevertheless, watching proper grilling would be entertaining. It must take a lot of skill and perseverance to be able to grill such a monster meat.

  • tybreland
    9/15/2014 - 05:30 p.m.

    Cool that there will be something similar to a hot dog. Well for me i wouldn't want to eat it because you don't know if its done or not. Then how do you know the person did not turn the heat up a little. Yet If you are a meat person then I say to you have at It. Just don't try to eat it all at once.

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