Nothing quite screams summer like grilled or roasted hotdogs, smokies and sausages.
With two of us celebrating birthdays during the summer, we think it’s the perfect time to have friends and family gather and celebrate with a Grilled Sausage Bar.
A sausage, hotdog or smokie is a blank canvas. Sure you can add mustard and ketchup – maybe even relish. This is how most of us grew up eating our dogs and smokies.
But what about taking your sausages to the next level?!
A grilled sausage bar offers exactly that, new flavours of smokies and sausages to try and new toppings to love.
To celebrate summer, birthdays and local products, we are sharing our spin on a grilled sausage and smokie bar to create a memorable summer gathering.
Sunterra Market and Valbella Smokies and Sausages
If you are going camping or out for a picnic and want to keep it simple, Sunterra Market offers smokie packs that include buns, bbq sauce, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard, making it a one stop shop.
If you want more control of your options you can buy each item separately: smokie or sausages package, buns, toppings and a delicious dinner awaits.
We grilled our sausages. Played with our toppings. Tried a few different things. Added our own chili to a few of them and here’s our fun topping creations for this summers Grilled Sausage Bar.
The Grilled Sausages and Smokies
Bison Whiskey – Shallot & Pancetta
Peel and slice shallots into rings. Mix together 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Heat oil in large saucepan to 350F. Dip rings in batter, shake off excess, fry battered rings until browned turning carefully as needed. Transfer to paper towel lined sheet. Add to sausage with ketchup, diced fried pancetta even some bacon jam if you have on hand.
Cheese Smokie – Chicago Style after the Bar Smokie
Here we’ve gone back to our dance hall days when we would leave the bar only to find a hot dog cart cooking up some sausages outside. We’d load them up with diced white onion, relish, sauerkraut, relish, spicy banana peppers and mustard. Sometimes even a queso cheese sauce.
Smokie: Taco Dogs
These dogs are delicious wrapped up in a tortilla or pita. For photo purposes they wouldn’t stay together but when eating, there is no judging. Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, spicy banana peppers, diced onion, sliced avocado and salsa or pico de gallo to top these smokies. Ole!
Chicken & Apple Sausage – Jalapeno Apple Slaw
Mix together 1 cup sliced cabbage and 1/2 gala or green apple sliced into matchsticks. Whisk together 1/2 jalapeno mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin. Mix cabbage and olive oil dressing together. Moisten buns with a little mayo. Add sausage. Add slaw. Hits all the sweet and spicy notes.
Turkey Honey Garlic – Chili Cheese
Make up a batch of your favourite chili, Like our Bacon Turkey Chili, grate some old cheddar for the top and prepare for a messy meal. Knife and fork optional.
Tuscany – spicy, balsamic or gourmet ketchup
Why be ordinary and use plain old ketchup when you can be extraordinary and go gourmet. With a small variety of unique ketchups available, this is the time to change up your ketchup game and try something new.
What Kind of Buns for your Sausage Bar
It’s ok to think outside of the box here. It’s also ok to add your favourite buns to the mix. We suggest:
- baguette cut to size
- soft tortillas
- pretzel buns
- naan bread
- French rolls
- oval crusty buns
- thin waffles
What to serve with your Grilled Sausage Bar
Chips, because chips are delicious on smokies. Salads, watermelon, fresh vegetables, a variety of shredded cheese, pickles, different kinds of mustard’s, baked beans, french fries even corn on the cob.
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We are working in collaboration with Sunterra Market to promote Valbella Smokies and Sausages. All opinions remain my own.