How to Win

It's quick and easy to take your shot at the $15,000 in prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize, a $3,000 Second Prize and a $2,000 Third Prize.

Start with any familiar recipe – or develop a new one – and use delicious Johnsonville Italian Sausage, instead of ground beef, chicken or another protein, to add great flavor. We're looking for your spin on a traditional favorite, or something YOU love to make, which can be even more delicious with Johnsonville Sweet, Mild or Hot Italian.

Feel free to submit lots of recipes to increase your chances of winning! Read on below for more helpful hints. Good luck!


Does it cost anything to enter?

It is completely free to enter the contest. No purchase is necessary. Making a purchase of any kind will not increase your chance of winning. For all the details, read the Official Rules.

How can I fix a problem registering, logging in, or navigating around this site?

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I can't remember my password to login. What should I do?

Click here to reset your password.

Where can I report an error or bug I found?

Oooh, we hate those too! Please submit all tech–related questions or suggestions to If you can use PRINT SCREEN to copy and paste an image of your error into your e–mail, we would appreciate it.

What if I have another question?

We invite you to look through the information below and be sure to visit our Facebook Page for more helpful answers and other tips. If you can't find what you're looking for, just contact us here. We'll be sure to respond quickly and will probably post the answer on our Facebook Page, as well, to help others who may be encountering the same issue.


Who can participate?

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 13 or older at the time of entry. Void in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited by law.

Do I have to use Johnsonville Italian Sausage as one of the ingredients in my recipe?


Can my recipe contain other proteins in addition to Johnsonville Italian Sausage?


Can I take a recipe that I know by heart that uses ground beef or another protein besides sausage, substitute Johnsonville Italian Sausage, and submit it?


Can I enter more than one recipe?

Absolutely. The more you enter, the better. You can create different variations of the same recipe or get creative and submit different and unique recipes.

Can I use a recipe that is already published in a book, magazine, website, etc.?

Your recipe submission must be original. Typically, the directions and not the ingredients list in published recipes are copywritten and thus cannot be submitted. Be sure to put your own spin onto any recipe by adding or subtracting ingredients and especially by writing original step–by–step instructions.

What if I take an already published recipe from a book, magazine, Web site, etc., that has sausage listed as an ingredient and change that to Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Does that make it unique enough that I can submit it into this contest?

No. See the explanation above. It's easy to make any recipe and make it original by giving it your own twists. Go for it and have fun!

How will the three winners be determined?

Entries will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Overall appeal and perceived taste of the recipe (33%)
  • Originality and presentation including optional uploaded photos and video (33%)
  • Ease of lay person in following steps described in the recipe (33%)

Six finalist recipes will then be professionally prepared and judged using the following criteria:

  • Visual appeal of the recipe (20%)
  • Ease of lay person in following steps described in the recipe (20%)
  • Taste (60%)

Do I have to upload recipe photos and/or a video?

No. Submitting one–to–three allowed photos and/or a video with your entry is not required but is encouraged, since these will enhance the visual appeal of the recipe, which is a judging criteria. And, we would love for visitors to the site to be able to see your creation and be enticed to make it and share it with their family!

Can I mention other brands in my recipe or show other logos in my photos or video?

No. Your recipe may not show any trademark or logo (other than Johnsonville Sausage, LLC trademarks) and may not violate or infringe on any copyrights, including music. For all the details, read the Official Rules.

I created and submitted my recipe, but it wasn't accepted. Why?

We reserve the right to reject any submission which we deem inappropriate or which does not comply with the Official Rules, such as the presence of other clearly visible brands/trademarks, the inclusion of a photo or video that you didn't shoot or music or sounds you didn't create. To modify a submission that has been denied, log into the site, click the My Recipes link at the top, edit the recipe and resubmit.

What if I want to edit my recipe video before I submit it?

Contestants are welcome to use the free editing tools at or a similar Web site. Microsoft Movie Maker or another basic editing program which they have access to may also be an option. All trademarks, service marks and individual names are the property of their respective owners and no sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation is implied by their use in this Web site, the Official Rules or in the Promotion.

How can I tell my Facebook friends about my submissions or others that I enjoyed?

When viewing an individual recipe, click on the Facebook "Like" button at the upper right–hand section of the page to share the recipe with your friends on Facebook. Additionally if you have a Twitter account, you can click on the Twitter ReTweet button at the top right of the Web site page to share information with your followers on Twitter.


Where can I find a store near me that carries Johnsonville products?

Click here to find Johnsonville and visit our corporate Web site for more information on all our products.

Where can I connect with Johnsonville?

"Like" us at and follow us on Twitter @JvilleSausage for more special content like coupons and recipes.

Where can I find out about employment opportunities?

Want to be a part of our team? Visit our careers page.

Where else can I get help?

Visit our Facebook Page for more helpful answers and other tips. If you can't find what you're looking for – just contact us here. We'll be sure to respond quickly and will probably post the answer on our Facebook Page as well to help others.