Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst?
About 50 people volunteered this week to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst - without burning or breaking it. And this was just for practice.
Belleville, Illinois, is about to celebrate its 200th anniversary. During the festivities, volunteers will attempt to grill a brat that's even twice as long as the one they worked with Tuesday, 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 Tuesday to unroll it onto a specially made 100-foot metal trough, where it will be grilled. Volunteers were cautious because in August, a 50-foot bratwurst broke in several places. It was turned too quickly and the grill was too hot. This time, organizers walked around to inspect and fix splits in the meat.
A baking company will make a 200-foot-long bun to go with the bratwurst on Sept. 21. That bun will be so big that the Lindenwood University football team will carry it down Main Street.
Donations will be collected from those who want to eat a piece of the bratwurst. Proceeds will benefit food pantries.
On Tuesday, after volunteers shoveled a layer of burning coal onto the trough, Schubert gingerly unrolled the meat. Then the volunteer 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." That's when organizers walked by to inspect for damage, according to News-Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
There was a fortunate result.
"It's not a break," decided Amy Bouvet, of the Belleville 200 Committee. "It's just a split."
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?