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How to Grill Lobster Tails

Learning how to grill lobster tails is easy, frankly there aren’t to many things that are this simple to grill. Don’t be hesitant to try this just because they are expensive. With very little prep and just a few minutes of grilling you can have a perfectly grilled lobster tail. To begin if your tails are frozen let them thaw for at least a day maybe two depending on the size.

After the lobster tails are fully thawed get a large sharp kitchen knife and chop them in half, lengthwise. Place the point of your knife into the tin tail section and rock that knife back hard and fast to crack the shell. If at first you don’t succeed, Hold the knife level across the back and give it a whack to finish the job. Then fold the tail open, the lower part of the shell keeps it attached, and season to taste. We simply use salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder on ours.

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How to Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

How to Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

Looking for something delicious and simple to grill? Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is your answer. They grill up very well, and require no preparation. Grilling these rope sausages is easy and really hard to screw up.

A Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is fully cooked. What this means to you:  you are just heating it up, it can not be under cooked but should be heated through.

How to Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage:

Short version from the package and their website:

Grill over medium-high heat for 12-14 minutes, turning frequently.

Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

How to Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage:

Long version, our take:

Pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat. Remove the smoked sausage from the package and rinse.

Place the whole Hillshire Farm smoked sausage rope on the grill directly over the heat. Turn with tongs  every 4 to 5 minutes until the smooth outer layer bursts revealing the inside. Then remove from the grill. This will give you a tender and juicy inside with a firm bite through outer layer.

Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage DONE

Cut into bun length sections and serve on a sausage bun with a whole grain mustard.

This is far from the only way to grill these but it is our favorite way and we believe that this gives you a better result than the other methods.

Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage with a Butterfly cut:

Remove the smoked sausage rope form the package, rinse. Then cut the sausage into bun length sections. To butterfly cut the sausage: cut the sausage lengthwise about 3/4 of the way deep being careful not to cut all the way through the sausage. Hold each side of the sliced section and carefully pry it open (cut a little deeper if needed) so that the inside can lay flat on the grill. Set each finished section aside and repeat as needed. You can get 3 to 4 bun length cuts out of each of these rope sausages.

Pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat.

Place the sausage cut side down on your grill grates directly above the heat. You total cooking time will be cut in half around 6 to 8 minutes total. Keeping the cut side of the sausage down move slightly on the grill after about 3 minutes and turn after another 2 minutes. The inside of the sausage should be fully caramelized but not burnt when you turn them. Once full caramelization has been achieved grill on the other side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

This method will give you a different texture and slightly different taste but you are sacrificing the juices. This is a great technique if your loading your sausages with toppings though.

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This article has not been endorsed or approved by the good people at Hillshire Farms nor has any type of compensation been received for publishing it. I would be open to receiving free sausages though, the 2nd best kind of food is the free kind.

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Italian Sausages on the Grill

Italian Sausages on the Grill

To make our Italian sausages on the grill we will be grilling everything so this will require an arsenal of grilling gadgets. These Italian sausages will be served on buns toasted with garlic butter and served with grilled peppers onions and pasta sauce. There is no prep to speak of but the grilling itself is labor intensive. The end result will be a restaurant quality Italian sausage sandwich.

Italian Sausages on the Grill

As easy as Italian sausages on the grill sounds the process we are taking you through here requires a high skill set. You will be tending to 3 different things at the same time on the grill. If you think it is too much for you pre make the peppers, onions and sauce in the kitchen first.

If I haven’t scared you off yet, let’s get into Italian sausages on the grill.

What you need: Food:

Italian Sausages

Pasta or Marinara sauce

Hot Dog or Sausage Buns

Peppers and Onions a frozen bag or fresh

Butter 1/4 Stick

Minced Garlic 2 heaping tablespoons

What you need: Grill Gadgets:

We have chosen to use the DiRusso’s Italian sausages. They are a good quality uncured sausage with a great flavor. They come frozen and the grilling instructions on the back of the package say to grill them for 25 to 30 minutes over a medium heat.

We will be grilling on our trusty Weber Kettle set up with 2 heat zones. The direct heat is set up to be a high to medium high heat, this is for grilling our peppers and onions.

Once our grill is heated we place the DiRusso’s Italian sausages over the no heat section of our grill and close the lid for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes we turn and rotate the sausages and set the lid of our grill aside. From here on out we will not be covering it.

We place our wire mesh grilling skillet directly over the hot coals to allow it to get hot. We then pour our pasta sauce (Ragu Roasted Garlic) into a small sauce pot and place it onto the grill away from the heat, stir this every few minutes while you roast your peppers.

Once our skillet is hot we dump our bag of frozen peppers and onions into it. Fresh will grill up better and provide a bolder flavor but we want this to be as easy possible. Let the peppers sit for a minute or two and then stir. Repeat until you see some char developing on the vegetables. This may take 10 to 15 minutes. If you are using frozen there will be a point where you see all the water leaving the peppers and onions. Do not worry it’s not going to turn into soup, just keep going in a few minutes the char will begin to develop. Once the peppers are charred to your liking remove them from the grill and cover to keep warm.

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Move your sauce pot with you pasta sauce close to the heat and continue to stir every few minutes.

By now your sausages should be fully cooked, you can remove them from the grill or push them to the coolest part of the grill to keep them warm.

The final and maybe most important step of Italian sausages on the grill:

Garlic butter toasted buns

Take 2 heaping spoonful’s of minced garlic and a quarter of a stick of butter and place into a sauce pan over the heat stirring frequently until the butter is at a boil and there is garlic in the air. Then move it to the cool side of the grill. Open your buns and coat the inside with garlic butter then place face down on the grill over the heat. Then coat the back of the bun with garlic butter. Depending on how hot your grill is your buns can be fully toasted in 30 seconds or 2 minutes so check the first one frequently. Repeat this step for all your buns.

Assemble and enjoy your grilled Italian sausage sandwiches.

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Mike

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I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.

“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”