Four-year-old ‘Aussie hero’ creates Bunnings sausage sizzle at home

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A four-year-old ‘Aussie hero’ has gone viral on Twitter after taking it upon himself to get the iconic Bunnings sausage sizzle back up and running - in his own home.

Dad Paul Colgan shared the adorable images online and Ted’s snags were an instant hit - despite the $2 price tag.

“So Mr 4 has, like many Australians, been very upset about the absence of Bunnings sausage sizzles,” Paul wrote. “Boiled over this afternoon... And tonight, this happened.”

Young Ted was serving Bunnings snags from home. Photo: Twitter/Paul Colgan

Mum Kat says Ted has been upset for weeks that they haven’t had their regular weekend Bunnings sausage sizzle.

“When I told him yesterday that we had to pop in there, he declared there was no point going if he couldn’t get a sausage,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

A visit from his aunt and uncle inspired the tot, from Sydney’s Inner West to simple hold his own sausage sizzle instead.

“He insisted he have a Bunnings sign and wear his Bunnings apron,” Kat explains. “We used his Target puppet show stand and simply stuck the sign on. He also requested the aluminium trays as ‘thats how Bunnings does it’.”

And despite some comments online, she clarified the onions were not forgotten, just left out.

“He simply refused to have them as he doesn’t like them! He’s not at all fussed by the fact his customers were left wanting,” she says.

Of course, Ted instantly had fellow lovers of the sausage sizzle singing his praises online.

“Is he on Uber Eats?” one person commented.

“This is ridiculously adorable,” another said, while a third agreed: “That is THE BEST thing today on Twitter.”

One person even said Ted should be a contender for ‘Australian of the year’.

He became an instant hit online. Photo: Twitter/Paul Colgan

Bunnings Australia was forced to cancel the iconic sausage sizzles due to the coronavirus pandemic in early March.

At the time Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said it made the tough decision after listening closely to community groups and the challenges they face finding volunteers and supplies.

“We absolutely understand the important role these sausage sizzles play for thousands of local community groups and charities and that finding alternative fundraising opportunities at short notice isn’t easy,” he said.

He knew the decision would disappoint some people and was looking forward to bringing the sausage sizzles back.

Understandably, Aussies were vocal about losing their beloved sausage sizzles, with some dubbing it “un-Australian”.

“This is single most devastating news since this pandemic started. Devastating news,” one joked in a tweet.

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