Grilling Season is almost here! (+ an Inside Peak into the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge!)

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Even though many parts of the country are still getting snow and freezing weather, the south is warming up.  The trees are putting out new green buds and the bluebonnets are shooting up all throughout the Texas hill country. Outdoor activities are starting to ramp up; camping, spring sports leagues and most importantly, the start of grilling season!

The short days and cold weather of winter is on its way out and it’s time to spark the season by firing up our grills.  That’s right, it’s time to stock up on burgers and brats and brisket and get our grill on!   (Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out how you can enter to win free snow removal or lawn care for a year. Prize is valued at $1,500.00.)    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

To kick off the 2017 grilling season, Johnsonville has partnered with former pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and is sponsoring the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge, benefiting the Special Olympics!

The way Johnsonville sees it, if people are willing to jump in freezing water for a good cause, Johnsonville should be a part of it, as they don’t let a little bit of cold weather get in the way of what they love – grilling brats.  Brian Urlacher passed out piping hot Johnsonville Brats, fresh off the burners of the Big Taste Grill so the freezing participants can of the Polar Plunge could warm up! (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!)


I have a friend who participates in our local polar plunge every year.  She always adds the event photos to Facebook for us to see and I am always amazed! (No polar plunge for me – I’m a heated pool kinda girl, lol.)

To celebrate the start of grilling season, you can enter to win Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats Contest.  There are two ways to enter:  1. Online at (follow the instructions to register.) OR  2. You can also follow @Johnsonville on Twitter or @jvillesausage on Instagram or facebook and share a photo of your “first grill of the season” with the hashtag #FirstBratsContest!

One Grand Prize winner will receive free snow removal or lawn care for a year. (Prize is valued at $1,500.00.)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Shannon Gurnee says:

    We love Johnsonville in our home! Sounds like that was a fun event!