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World's largest touring grill visits Fort Irwin
FORT IRWIN • The largest touring grill in the world made a stop at Fort Irwin on Sunday as part of the Big Taste Grill tour.
The grill weighs 27 tons, is 65 feet long and has a 6-foot diameter. It has the capacity to grill 750 bratwursts at one time and can cook 2,500 in one hour, according to Johnsonville Sausage spokesperson Brookes May.
May estimated 650 people attended the tour’s stop at the Fort Irwin Commissary and said approximately 800 brats were sold. All the proceeds of the event went toward Post Family Readiness Groups to help support programs for soldiers.
According to May, Johnsonville has always felt a duty to give back through volunteerism or financial support.
“The Fort Irwin Commissary sponsored the visit as a way of showing it’s appreciation to the soldiers and their family members,” Fort Irwin spokesman Guy Volb said. “The grill was supporting another local base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, on Oct. 19, so our commissary team sold them on the idea of providing the same for soldiers here. The folks at Johnsonville agreed that the sacrifices our soldiers and family members make out here in the desert was worth the long trip.”
May said the Big Taste Grill has raised more than $3 million for charitable groups throughout North America since its launch in 1995 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. It has traveled throughout the country to fairs, festivals, sporting events and other types of events to raise money for local charities and organizations.
Grill master Ryan Allison was honored to stop in Fort Irwin.
“It feels really great having a job where I'm able to give back to service members and their families,” Allison said. “And to be able to give back in such a big way with the Big Taste Grill is really wonderful.”