I used to buy them often before I stopped eating red meat some 12 years ago - I was always drawn by the smell of them which I still love.
However nowadays I just walk past even though I like the smell! They smell was always actually better than the taste as usually there was a huge white roll that was a large part of what I could taste.
They are not exactly healthy so it is one thing I do not mind foregoing even though the Charity does not receive money from me.
I am a member of the local Lions Club and we have sausage sizzles from time to time. I usually have a sausage for lunch when I am working, as it is either that, or starve. I don't really like sausages, but if we are busy, thats all we have time for. We count on the smell bringing people in, and it usually works.It takes a very hardy soul to walk past. It is my job to do all the running around ordering and picking up the sausages, bread and onions. We have found a great butcher who supplies excellent sausages which are nice and thick, and have very little fat. They keep their shape pretty well too. We get lots of compliments about them . I don't mind driving further for them, and the price can't be matched by any other supermarket or butcher
Bryony - it is as p[er the picture - friend onions on a long roll, with a sausage and tomato sauce - and yes, it is an Australian thing, I guess. They are on all round the shopping centres etc to raise money for charities on weekends.
Himself always gets two so I don't feel bad about not wanting to eat the sausages of strangers. *ahem* Also, I prefer carefully vetted sausages if I am going to eat one at all and I like butter on my bread, so sausage sizzles are not going to make much off me, sadly :(
I've only had them once to twice from outside Bunnings. They raise monies for different charities each week-end. The sausage is between 1 slice of bread, which I'd rather have than a bun, I like mine with butter, fried onions, mustard & sweet chilli sauce & or tomato sauce. As they are so messy to eat, I prefer to eat mine, sitting in the car with 1/2 a dozen paper napkins where no-one can see me eating it!
Much as I love the ida that these do raise a huge amount of money for various charities, I do not like sausages, so I do not buy them!! Here in Qld , they are not done with a roll, but a slice of fresh bread so that does seem to make them easier to make a profit from. One group here actually does them with bacon and cheese as extras, so I have sometimes, spoilt myself and simply had a Bacon and Cheese Sizzle which is so bad for me, but SO delicious!!! I have often seen others forgo the suasage as well with this charity group!
Not only do I buy them but I've often gone to Bunnings Warehouse on a Sunday just for the charity sausage sizzle at the door. Sometimes I don't even go into the store. I just enjoy my sausage and onion in bread. Mmmm ...mmm - what a relaxing Sunday lunch!