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Tailgate Throwdown Finalists Take the Stage

Two SEC Fans Battle for the Johnsonville’s Tailgate Throwdown Champion Title in Atlanta

Sheboygan Falls, Wis. – Two Tiger fans – but from two different SEC schools – took the stage for the final Johnsonville Tailgate Recipe Throwdown hours before the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, on Sat., Dec. 7.

In a 2-1 vote, Missouri fan Christian Henshaw took home the championship sausage belt with her Blindside Sweet & Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Brats. She competed against LSU fan Sherri Williams who had also advanced as finalist in the 2019 Johnsonville Tailgate Throwdown recipe contest held in October. A panel of Johnsonville judges deemed their recipes the best among 31 eligible entries and sent the two finalists to Atlanta to prepare their sausage recipes in a head-to-head cook-off for school bragging rights, championship game tickets and the title of Johnsonville Tailgate Throwdown Champion.

The final throwdown took place at 10:30 am ET in front of the Mercedez-Benz Stadium, host of the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

Christian Henshaw of Leavenworth, Kansas, described her Blindside Sweet & Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Brats as one that features an “out-of-the-pocket experience with a caramelized sweetness and savory smokiness. Then you’re ‘blind-sided’ by that spicy kick you didn’t even see coming!”

Sherri Williams of Crestview, Florida, used Johnsonville’s Original Brats as the star in her Apple Bacon Man-Eater Brats with Truffle Hot Sauce recipe, but says the black truffle hot sauce adds the extra point of flavor in this handheld delight.

Joining Johnsonville as the official Tailgate Throwdown judges were: legendary SEC running back, former NFL player and grill master, Shaun Alexander; American Cornhole League Pro Trevor Morris; and Bleacher Report’s Stick to Football podcast host Mello.

“There’s no match when it comes to tailgates in the SEC,” said Alexander. “Each school has its own original foods and flavors, but no southern tailgate is complete without sausage. Johnsonville and I are on a mission to declare once and for all who has the best sausage recipe in the Southeast.”

Ultimate Fan Favorite Winner:

John P. of Texas won the title of “Ultimate Fan Favorite” in the Tailgate Throwdown contest, with his Beer Brat & Sauerkraut Chili recipe capturing the most votes out of 2,600 cast. John won a prize package valued at $450 that includes: a one-year supply of sausage, a Sizzling Sausage Grill, an official Johnsonville cornhole board set and Johnsonville swag pack.

About Johnsonville, LLC

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville is the No. 1 national brand of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links, and the official sausage of the SEC. Johnsonville employs approximately 2,000 members. Each member takes ownership of product quality to ensure the excellence and “Big Flavor” of Johnsonville. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company remains privately owned today.

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