Bourbon Sausage

Lisa Schlager of Nani’s Cucina at the West Shore Farmer’s Market says this has been her go-to party favorite for years. You can use it for tailgate, holiday, and birthday parties or have it for dinner with a little cous-cous. Warning: once this starts to simmer, everyone around you will come running.

Ingredients: (serves 10-12)

2 lbs. sausage, smoked sausage, kielbasa, chorizo (sliced, ¼ to ½ inch)
1 ½ cups bourbon of choice (Lisa uses a cheaper one to cook it and then a nicer one to “top off” right before serving)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce or 1 Tbsp. of tomato paste
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 Tbsp. garlic gloves, minced
Optional: Your favorite hot sauce, vinegar to “cut it” if it’s too sweet.


1. Cut meat into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices. Cook in aluminum pan on grill or in saute pan on a stove.

2. Cook for about 10 minutes to get a nice sear on the meats.

3. Combine rest of ingredients in a saucepan for the stove, then add meats, or just add all remaining ingredients to meats in grill pan. Stir all together and simmer on stove, or turn grill to low for about 45 minutes. You may cook it down longer if you’d like a thicker sauce.

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