The great Aussie sausage sizzle

the great aussie sausage sizzle

There is something about a sausage sizzle that makes people happy. It could be the name, or it could just be the fact that most people know when to get one on their Saturday mornings. Bunnings, we’re looking at you!

However, what most people do not know is the humble sausage sizzle was not always considered an Australian food. In fact, in the late 19th or early 20th century, a sausage sandwich was deemed a German or Italian style of food. Which was due to the type of sausage used to make the sandwich.

Yet as time goes on Australia adopted the sausage sandwich and made it our own. Aside from being a staple at almost every home BBQ, the humble sausage sizzle is more synonymous with Election Days and Bunnings than anything else.

Yet the humble sausage sizzle has taken its time to become a custom on Election Day since the term was first reported in newspapers in 1940s. And in 1989, Mr Dowding was forced to deny accusations the Labor Party was bribing voters with free sausages and drinks before the state election in February of that year.

In recent history the Election Day sausage sizzle, or #democracysausage, has become such an important part of the voting process, that a site has been created to help voters find a school near them that has a sausage sizzle. The site is called https://www.electionsausagesizzle.com.au/, which contains maps that are state specific, along with the location of places where you can pick up a sausage sizzle after casting your vote. Schools and community groups can register their stalls and locations with the site, who will update their maps and share through social media.

But if you are one of those people that likes a little more regular access to a sausage sizzle than having to wait for a local or national election, then Bunnings is your place to visit.

Almost every Saturday and Sunday you can find a group of volunteers manning a BBQ and cooking rows of sausages and piles of onions, while their loaves of white bread (types may vary) stand sentry to greet the hungry masses. These volunteers generally stem from local community groups trying to raise money for their sporting teams, schools or charity.

Aside from the main ingredients, the main thing that all sausage sizzles have in common, and what differentiates them from a regular BBQ, is their objective. Which is to raise money for community groups. Therefore a sausage sizzle is about more than just food, it’s about community spirit. It’s about helping others raise critical funds through a mutual love of sausages and bread.

Therefore, if your school, community group or fundraiser is looking for some top quality white bread to nestle a piping hot sausage in, and then smother it in onions and sauce (tomato or BBQ, we’re neutral in this debate), then you need to look no further than our pre-sliced gluten free large white bread, which you can find here.


If you have any further enquiries regarding any of our products, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1800 300 220, or feel free to use our online enquiry form here, and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

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