What is an Aussie Sausage Sizzle?

Sausage Sizzles are a big part of growing up in Australia. Last voting day, I timed the visit to the local school around lunch time because I knew there would be a sausage sizzle there, and I could fed the kids lunch for a few dollars. You think everyone in the WORLD would know what it is, but apparently not. Then I found this classic explanation of the sausage sizzle form imperator-spewriosa on Tumblr and it made me laugh.

Sausages in bread - IT Grand Final Sausage Sizzle

What’s a sausage sizzle? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn about a key element of Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days (so all year round). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with margarine. You can choose from two kinds of sauces, tomato or barbecue. Most of the time you can also get fried onion too, if you like it. 

It is against the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to charge extra for sauce, margarine or onion, however if you are offering fancy extras like bacon or fried mushroom, charging an extra 50c/$1 is okay. 

It is WITHIN the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to provide inclusive alternatives – vegan/halal/kosher – depending on the local community. Sausage sizzles are for all Australians.

Sausage Sizzles are part of all important Australian cultural activities, like going to Bunnings to buy hardware on the weekend, and voting in public elections.The latter is known as a “democracy sausage” and is considered a fundamental civic right. If you are unable to consume a democracy sausage on Election Day, you have been disenfranchised and are eligible for compensation. 


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    November 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Sausage sizzles aren’t an election day thing for us (although we do enjoy them almost everywhere else). I feel ripped off!

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