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Grilling Recipes: Sausage Hot Dog

A simple homemade “ketchup” takes juicy lower-sodium chicken sausages to the next level — and packs in fiber and vitamin C.

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Serves 4


The sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for grill
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of sugar

The dogs:

  • 4 links Italian-style
  • chicken sausage
  • 8 assorted sweet mini peppers
  • 4 hot dog buns


1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add onion; sauté until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar to taste; set aside.

2. Preheat grill to medium high; lightly oil grate. Arrange sausages on grill; cook, turning occasionally, until done, about 12 minutes. Add peppers during the last 5 minutes. Grill, turning occasionally, until charred in spots. Remove peppers to a cutting board and slice into rounds.

3. Tuck each sausage into a bun. Top with a spoonful of the prepared sauce and grilled peppers.

More grilling recipes:
Shrimp Pizza
Chicken Drumsticks
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Steak with Wedge Fries

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