Johnsonville travels to Lexington, Georgetown for goodwill grilling


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill is a semi-turned-grill that tours the country doing what they call Goodwill Grilling. The truck is 53,000 pounds and can cook hundreds of brats at a time and up to 2,000 per hour.

The traveling grill is in Central Kentucky this week making a stop in Georgetown on Friday and at tailgate festivities Saturday in Lexington.

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Grillmaster Jay Whetsel says it’s, “Always good to celebrate tailgating and college football, SEC, and of course we’re out here doing it for a good cause.”

Whetsel says they bring charities on-board and train them to work on the grill. In turn, 100% of donations will go back to the charity. This week, God’s Pantry Food Bank is the recipient.

Whetsel says they’re asking for a $3 donation when you stop by.

The public is invited to see them in Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 13 from 3-7 p.m. at the Kroger located at 106 Marketplace Circle.

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 14 they’ll be stationed from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kroger on 3175 Beaumont Centre Circle in Lexington.

For more information and their tour schedule, click HERE.

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