Grilled Marinated Medley

We were both blown away by just how wonderfully tasty this grilled marinated medley was. The perfect dish for a nice (but kinda warm) spring day here in Indiana, it couldn’t have been any easier. We just grilled a few vegetables and a little smoked sausage, tossed them all into a pan along with some broth and balsamic vinegar, and in no time we had a complete dinner. And yes, like us you’ll want to drink the juices out of the bottom of the pan. They’re divine.
Grilled Marinated Medley
There aren’t any rules to making a grilled marinated medley. Use whatever meat and vegetables you desire or can find fresh. I went with a no-thrills smoked sausage ring, sliced into rings, and then just grilled a few of our favorite vegetables. Zucchini would also be great in it, along with squash (I love grilled squash¬†and grilled Tuscan vegetables).

Grilled Marinated Medley

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 0
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 ears corn on the cob husked
  • 1 large sweet onion quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 quart vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Grill the sausage then cut into rounds.
  • Toss the potatoes with just a splash of oil and grill (I use a grill basket) until just starting to get soft. Remove.
  • Also place the corn onto the grill. Rotating often, cook until starting to char.
  • In a large deep disposable aluminum pan combine all ingredients.
  • Place back onto the grill over indirect heat and let cook another 30 minutes-1 hour or until the potatoes are completely done and the onions are softened. You don't want the broth to boil, but a light simmer is ok.
  • Serve hot with plenty of the broth from the bottom of the pan.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches

I love grilled fresh sausages, done directly on the grates or even on a cedar plank. This time, I decided to smoke a few different kinds of fresh-made sausages low-and-slow. And boy, was I ever happy with the results. Great smoky flavor. Tender and juicy. Topped with the most incredible pepper and onion mix ever. These messy smoked sausage sandwiches were a great treat.
Smoked Sausage SandiwichesIf you don’t want to take the few hours it takes to smoke the sausages, you can grill them. But the topping, that you have to do. No short-cutting that. It’s not only great on sandwiches but also takes the ever-humble hot dog to new heights. Also try my smoked sausage sandwiches with beer-braised onions.

The round things in the middle of my smoker? Those are smoked Scotch eggs.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

For the smoked sausages

  • 6 bratwurst Italian sausage, whatever you prefer
  • 6 hoagie buns
  • Spicy mustard if desired

For the topping

  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper sliced
  • 2 medium sweet onions sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

For the smoked sausages

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225 F. You can also cook the sausages on a gas or charcoal grill.
  • Add the sausages and smoke for 2 hours or until the internal temperature is 155 F.
  • Toast the buns, if desired.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by adding the sausages to the buns and loading up on the topping. Add a bit of spicy mustard too, if desired.

For the topping

  • Note: I prefer to make this topping on a griddle insert on my grill since I'm already outside smoking the sausage. You can also make it in a large skillet on your stovetop.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat.
  • Add onions and peppers and saute until tender and golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, beer, and BBQ sauce.
  • Cook for 5 minutes then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be nice and thick. If it gets too thick add a bit more beer or some water.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

Properly braised onions take a little bit of time to make, but oh how they are so worth the effort. They turn smoked sausage sandwiches with beer-braised onions into a fantastic sandwich. The onions are soft, tender, moist and even a bit sweet. You’ll want some crunchy dill pickles to kind of temper the sweetness a bit. Or you could add a pinch or two of red pepper flake or a few shakes of hot sauce to the onions if you want a bit of kick.
Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised OnionsThese beer-braised onions aren’t just for smoked sausage sandwiches. They’re great on regular ole hot dogs too. Or meatball sandwiches. Heck, I’d even pile them up on a Philly cheese steak. They also make for a great replacement for sauerkraut on a Reuben sandwich. Trust me.

If you prefer to smoke your sausages and make your own sandwiches, also try my classic smoked sausage sandwiches.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced onion I used 4 medium Vidalia onions
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces of your favorite American lager beer such as Budweiser
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Creole mustard or substitute your favorite
  • 8 slices Muenster cheese
  • Dill pickle slices

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and toss to coat in the butter. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Saute the onions for 10 minutes or until they start to brown and have softened.
  • Add the beer and continue to saute for another 20-25 minutes or until the beer is mostly gone, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  • Grill the sausage until done. Cut it into thirds, then cut each third horizontally, leaving you with 12 slices of sausage.
  • Toast the buns on the grill if desired.
  • Slather one side of each bun with mayonnaise. Slather the other with mustard.
  • Add the sausage slices to the bun bottoms.
  • Top with the cheese and the onion mixture. Add pickles and serve.