Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

Bunnings, New Lynn - Photo: RNZ / Maja Burry.

Bread, banger, onion, sauce.

It's the natural order any Kiwi has grown up with, served by community groups looking to raise money outside the local store.

But Bunnings Warehouse chief operating officer Debbie Poole has left some sausage specialists sour over her suggestion to reorder the summer speciality.

She says safety is the top priority for Bunnings stores in Australia, and the safest way to run a sausage sizzle is to place onion underneath the snag, not over it.

It's the risk of slipping which is the problem, with sloppy eaters sending onions tumbling to the ground when they aren't safely secured by their accompanying sausage.

Australians aren't happy with the suggestion, saying it's a form of barbecue blasphemy.

Ms Poole confirmed the serving suggestion extends to New Zealand community groups using Bunnings barbecues this summer.

In a statement, she said the suggestion is provided to community groups within fundraising sausage sizzle welcome packs.

"Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard," says Debbie.

"Regardless of how you like your onion and snag, we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group."


this side up

Posted on 17-11-2018 19:45 | By Rinkles

I guess we also need to have serviettes printed "this side up" to stop people turning them over the the onion will be back on top !!

Yeah nah Groutby

Posted on 16-11-2018 09:17 | By Slim Shady

I work at what the hellers in sausages in the recipe department. You’d be amazed at what you can get in them.

health and safety

Posted on 15-11-2018 20:53 | By OAP

When working as a builder years ago I re-christened them The department of Harassment and Stupidity !

Just maybe...........

Posted on 15-11-2018 20:47 | By groutby

....Slim works for...ahem....Mitre10...just sayin’ think the comments are well OTT here........geez!


Posted on 15-11-2018 15:40 | By dumbkof2

In reply to slim shady I would like to say that our club has had sausage sizzles at bunnings. Every one involoved has to wear food grade gloves at all times. We always make sure that the cooking plate is cleaned before cooking. Where you get the last clean 1983 from i dont know. Besides the heat from the plate will destroy most germs. At no stage does anyone handling food or coins not wear gloves. Each person in the team has one job so they are not handling any other job. I think anyone doing these sausage sizzles knows the health rules, so i think you dont know what you are talking about. If you like to give me a contact number i can let you know when our next one is so you can see for yourself.


Posted on 15-11-2018 14:06 | By Slim Shady

Apart from ‘who knows what’ in the snags, then there is the hygiene of those serving it and what they’re cooking it on. The BBQ was last cleaned in 1983 so all sorts of germs will be covering the sizzling snags as the ‘meat’ is cooking. Then we have the bread which has been beautifully buttered and stacked, before being handled by yet another less than sparkling pair of hands, as the ensemble is prepared. Hand over the $2 coin which is covered in more germs than you can shake a stick at, including your own. The sizzler takes this from you to top up their germ level before moving swiftly to the next slice of bread. Slipping on an onion might be doing us a favour. Enjoy.

Gimmick surely

Posted on 15-11-2018 13:58 | By googdod

just like they say is right up there with banning golliwog dolls for kids


Posted on 15-11-2018 13:52 | By Slim Shady

Surely the biggest health risk is what goes into those snags?

There's no

Posted on 15-11-2018 12:54 | By SML

they’re all grinches.....

Here's a solution

Posted on 15-11-2018 12:45 | By Bay Citizen

Since I’m not that keen on the onion anyway, perhaps I should open up the bun, pick the onion out from under the sausage and just throw it on the ground in contempt of both the onion and Bunnings nit-picking rules.

World Going Mad.......

Posted on 15-11-2018 12:25 | By The Professor

This Health & Safety or should I say Elf & Safety is going beyond pathetic. Where is it all going to end!!!

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