“All one needs on a Saturday is fine sausage, an icebox full of good beer and a hand-forged pair of grilling tongs.”
— Grover Cleveland
Welcome Tongsmen. We see you. We smell you. You have heeded The Call of the Tongsman and so here, we heed you. As a Tongsman, the proudest of the proud carnivores, you never forget sausage. And for that, Johnsonville owes you plenty. Starting with this, a woefully incomplete reservior of Tongsman truths and half-truth. We merely hope that you find this additional sau-sage wisdom herein affirming, if not downright useful.
Perhaps the most criminally overlooked meat on the grill? Sausage. If this fact makes no sense to you whatsoever, you are a true Tongsman. A Tongsman knows no grill grate is complete, no tailgate smokeshow worth putting on without putting on the Johnsonville sausage. And “side meat”? What’s that? Ask anyone who has waited all week to sink their teeth into that slow-smoked, savory bundle of sausage bliss if it is a “side meat.”
Tongsmen Know Johnsonville. Do You?
Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links
Oh yeah. On the outside, smoked sausage made with 100% premium pork. On the inside, these bad bad boys are socked with chunks of real cheddar from only the finest cheddar cheeseries around. Over 7 – call it 8 -- grams of protein per serving, no trans fat, and zero artificial anything. Cheese in. Game on.
Amateur hour is over. The original and still the grandaddy of all brats. Made with only premium cuts of pork and seasoned with an undisclosed family recipe blend of herbs and spices delivering a juicy, robust brat flavor. No artificial colors or flavors, nitrates, nitrites or nitrusions of any kind. Eat right off the grill or in all favorite recipes. Clack your tongs twice when they’re ready.
Smoked Rope Sausage
The flagship of the rope sausage fleet. These fully-cooked and fully smoked ropes contain nothing but premium pork. Zero fillers, zero MSG, zero gluten, zero artificial colors, zero artificial flavors, and zero reason not to be part of your backyard smokeshow. Add oomph to all kinds of recipes, soups, beans, you name it.
The Titanium Tongs
Because true Tongsmen let the bounty of their hibachi do the bragging for them, it falls on us at Johnsonville, as The Official Sausage Of The Southeastern Conference, to bring these humble servants from behind the grill and into the light. Behold: The Johnsonville Titanium Tongsman Contest, where all-seeing, all-knowing, all-smelling Tongsmen shall be recognized and lionized.
Once the contest concludes on Oct. 23 and all submissions have been entered, Johnsonville will select two finalists to go head to head in a live cook-off event before the 2022 SEC Champisonship Game in Atlanta, GA on Dec 3! The two qualifiers will team up with 7-time world BBQ champ Melissa Cookston or a Houston-based home chef, Top Chef Amateur contestant and popular foodie on TikTok Kolby Cash Chandler CHEF KOLBY KASH, to compete in the ultimate grilling showdown! Being selected to compete comes with high praise, but there can only be one Top Tongsman. Let's grill!
Take a peek at how the 2021Tongsman contest went down in Atlanta between finalists Brent Little and Angelia Howard here.
HOW TO ENTER
Show us how you make room for Johnsonville sausage on the grill! Tag us in a photo or video on Instagram, TikTok or Twitter with #JohnsonvilleTongsmanContest to prove you belong under the bright lights of the Tongsman stage. Unique recipes, tong-flipping skills, or even just throwing your favorite kind of Johnsonville on the grill - don't hold back. The world must know why the Tongsman is the most coveted title in the BBQ game.
Sept. 15 - Oct. 23
A true Tongsman never reveals his secrets. However, there are some skills that are more Tongsmanian than others.
• Multiple flavors of Johnsonville sausages grilled at once.
• Tong tricks. It’s all in the feel. Show us your touch.
• How crazy can you go? Toppings? Buns? Neither? Both? What's your sausage version of the 'cherry on top' that brings your dish to the next level?
Finalist Prize Includes:
• 2 tickets to the 2022 Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta on Saturday, December 3
• A $1200 travel voucher
• Lodging for two nights
• Tongsman swag bag
• A visit to the Finalists' hometown by the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, for a community grilling event and fundraiser for the local nonprofit of the Finalists' choice.
Grand Prize includes:
• A new Pit Boss® Grill
• A year's suppy of Johnsonville sausage
• Tongsman-approved grilling accessories and official Johnsonville Tongsman swag
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL RULES AND COMPLETE PRIZE DETAILS.
The Tongsman Life
Signature Tastes Of The Tongsman
Beer Can Sausage Wrapped Brat Burger
Grab a favorite beer to craft the juiciest brat burgers. Yep, they’re wrapped in Johnsonville Sausage Strips and stuffed with beer braised onions and cheddar cheese. Never forget to drink a beer while crafting.
Foil Pack Sausage Dinner
Foil pack dinners chock full of Johnsonville Smoked Sausage – easy to devour, even easier to clean up.
No Bun Sausage Sandwich
Never let folded bread keep you from hitting the Johnsonville links hard. Low in carbs but high in flavor, top this “sandwich” with all your favorites like red onions and pickled jalapeños.
Johnsonville Brat Hot Tub
Ah yes. Football playing, beers flowing and original Johnsonville brats frolicking in their very own hot tub meat party.
Peachy Sausage Kabobs
We’re sorry, but a football field is no “gridiron”. Through smoke of their own making, the Tongsman throws skewers onto an actual grid of iron. Mmm. Skillfully grilled Johnsonville sausage and peaches? Now that is how the game before the game is won.
Smoked Sausage Piggy Sliders
Grill Johnsonville Smoked Rope Sausage and slice it thin to layer with bacon jam and Havarti cheese for the slider sandwich of your ever-loving dreams.
Southern Greens and Sausage Hot Tub
As The Official Sausage of the Southeastern Conference, Johnsonville offers a truly Southern way to tackle your next tailgate smokeshow.
WHERE TO FIND JOHNSONVILLE
Fresh out of sausage? Because we know you didn't forget — a Tongsman never forgets the sausage. Enter your zip code here to find the closest grocers who proudly carry the J'ville. Go. Go now.