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Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers

Add some spice into your next barbecue with quick and delicious Italian sausage!  Just light the grill, throw on a few sausages.  What could be easier?  There is an art to it though and Bill has it down pat!

The problem is they may burn easily.  I used to parboil them in water before Bill grilled them and then realized that even if a little beer is added to the water, all the parboiling did was pull the flavor out of the sausages and make flavored water in the pot.

Now they go straight from the refrigerator to the grill.  Bill’s secret to grilling the Italian sausage is to grill them on low heat.  It keeps the flavor in and cooks the middle perfectly.  And he uses tongs, no forks!  Once the skin is pierced, you’re in for some flare ups which leads to burnt sausages.  It takes a while longer to grill them this way but, the appearance is great and they’re packed with delicious flavors. 

Of course, sautéed red peppers are almost mandatory for topping Italian sausage sandwiches!  I go for hot Italian sausage, Bill likes the mild.  They’re great and grill them up Bill’s way for the best Italian sausage and pepper sandwich!

Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers


6 Italian sausages
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 large white onion, sliced
1 small tomato, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


Slow-cook the sausages over low grill heat.
In a skillet, heat olive oil.
Add peppers and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Place onions in with peppers.
Add remaining ingredients and sauté for about 3 minutes.
Cook until onions are limp.
Assemble Italian sausage on a bun, adding pepper mixture.
Top with horseradish sauce or mustard.

Ummmm, gooood!

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  1. Good info and great looking sandwich

  2. my husbands FAVORITE!!! Looks like something that he gets from Dover Speedway ~ Yummo.

    Happy Monday PaM

  3. This is a staple!! Italian Sausage and Peppers- YUM!!!

  4. Ever since getting pregnant, I can't get enough Italian sausage. I could literally eat it at every meal. Thanks for reminding me of another great way to cook them up.

  5. LOVE the onions and peppers on this!!! This is my kind of barbecue!!

  6. I love Italian sausage and, while I don't grill, I make them on the stovetop grill from time to time. As my mother would have said, "You got my appetite wet" for a sausage and pepper sandwich.

  7. Que buenas salchichas, me encanta este plato. Saludos

  8. just YUM! I always go for the hot one as well. And yes, the red pepper topping is a must! :)
    Have a great day. Michael

  9. They look so good! Sausage and peppers are a big favorite at my house!

  10. Yummy!! I like to slice mine and add to pasta instead of putting the sausage on a roll. Personally, I think sausage and peppers is a good meal any way you eat it!!! Take care.

  11. Thanks for Bill's Tip. We do love these, but we always burn them. And then the kids then refuse to eat them. The peppers look wonderful.

  12. I love all the vegetables you used. This would be a hit recipe in my family.

  13. Oh I am drooling over this gorgeous looking sausage bun! Salivating already. Yummm..... Love the grilled veggies on that as well.
    Regards, Kristy

  14. Mmmm one of my favorite ways to prepare italian sausage! Everything can go on the grill! I am so hungry from reading this now!

  15. It's official: my father wants to marry you. You make some of his favorite dishes!

  16. This is one of my favorite dinners! I am starving now!

  17. I do love all those tasty peppers on a sandwich with a good spicy sausage.

  18. This is perfect meal, love the combination Pam. It makes me drooling!

  19. Wow, this is my kind of sandwich. Why haven't I made these at home???

  20. I love Italian sausage & peppers, in fact, plan to grill some on Labor Day!

  21. This would be perfect for the holiday weekend

  22. Now dang, if I don't have the pork chops thawed out and marinated 'cause I'm salivatin' all over the keyboard here. I could really sink my chompers into this sandwich. MMmmmm, there's always tomorrow!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday!!!

  23. Hi Pam! I love Italian sausages. These might be some of the most mouth watering I've ever seen!

  24. Hummm... I really love italian sausages!!! And, with all these colors, it's THE perfect match!

  25. Hola Pam,

    This looks super delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  26. Yes...I am going to make that tonight : ) thanks My lady! my husband will much appricate...if it turns out lol!!!

    happy monday!

  27. Big Dude, thanks!

    Leslie, great! It's yummy for sure!

    pup, I hear ya!

    Sunshine, funny with those cravings! My pregnant DIL is that way with fish tacos!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, yes! It works for me also!

    StephenC, start cooking those sausages! What time's dinner?

    jose manuel, gracias! Me gusta las salchichas!

    Michael Toa, good with the heat!

    Dishesdone, bet yours are good too!

    Sheila, that sounds good to me with the pasta! About any way...

    Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom}, try them this way, beats burnt! ;)

    Katerina, thanks! The veggies are a must have!

    My Little Space, thanks! Glad you like it Kristy. Love that spicy food!

    Sommer J, right! It makes it easy!

    TKW, lol. I'll be checking with my hubby about that and see what he has to say.

    Clements Family, time to make some!

    Cathy, the spicier, the better!

    elra, glad you like it!

    Karen, maybe it's time to try it!

    Louanne, it's a perfect thing for Labor Day weekend. Too bad summer's about over.

    Emmalene, thanks! It is!

    Jennifurla, you're right! Have a good evening!

    Nezzy, I like your attitude! What time is your pork chop dinner?

    Daisy, thanks! Have a good evening!

    Victoria, thanks! I love red peppers!

    Mar, you're welcome and thanks for the visit!

    BusyB, yours will be fine, I'm sure! Enjoy! Have a good evening!

  28. you cant get any better sandwich that this in my book I can eat this for breakfast wow!

  29. Hi Pam, This looks really good! I love italian sausages with onion and peppers. I make this sometimes and my husband likes it also. I like eating this dish with some rice. It is good!

  30. Happy week, Pam; kisses to your M/M babies!

  31. Thanks Pam- I do have problems not scorching sausages on the outside, I usually leave to the boyfriend to do it but will try on a much lower heat and not stabbing the sausages.

  32. Geez...and here I thought all along that I was doing the right thing by pre-boiling them in beer and water.

    The kids are coming this weekend and I'm going to try the slow cooking method.

    You're always so full of helpful information. That's why I love your blog!

  33. They serve up something similar at our local farmers market.And yes the peppers are essential:D

  34. Looks scrumptious! Thanks for the tips and for the great recipe!

  35. The Italian in me is DROOLING over that right now. I haven't made sausage and peppers in a very long time. That plate looks so very appetizing...!!!

  36. You can't go wrong with sausage and peppers! That looks SO GOOD!

  37. now that is a classic sandwich, served the way sausage should be!
    Wow, its been too many years since I had one of those!

  38. Perfect for these last weeks of summer!!

  39. What a great post! I don't eat meat anymore, but this is awfully tempting...I don't think I would be able to pass it up!

  40. i love sausage bun, looks so inviting!

  41. Thanks so much to all of you! Glad you liked it!

  42. One of my absolute all-time favorite treats! If I am at a fair or carnival, and I smell the aroma, I must have one (or two, or three.) One of life's tremendously perfect combinations of ingredients.

  43. great looking!j love very much!!!!!it's favolous!

  44. Great looking hotdog with all those grilled vegetables!

  45. You are an Illinois gal - boy do I miss food like that here. Sandie

  46. This is often our Saturday night meal; raelly good stuff.

  47. Pam, why don't you enter this beautiful sandwich into my sandwich contest. You still have time to win.

    Either way, it looks amazing.


  48. State fairs and carnivals always mean the smell of grilling sausages to me. I love those.

    The soft peppers and onions and spicy sausages rock my taste buds.


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