Fourth of July is our time to celebrate the birth of this nation by blowing things up with cheap, foreign made miniature explosives! Just kidding, it’s about baseball, apple pie and good old hot dog or sausage (depending on what part of the country you come from). Except that last part is a little boring. Not anymore. I’ve got a new way to dress up my bratwurst, and I think I know just how the Beefer can help with one word: BACON! Let’s face it. EVERYTHING is better with bacon, and the Beefer cooks bacon absolutely PERFECT with its high heat and multi-level cooking area.
• 4 spicy mango chicken sausages
• 4 slices applewood smoked bacon
• 4 brioche hot dog buns
• 1 large mango, diced
• 1 large avocado, diced
• 1 large cucumber, diced
• 1 cup (about 16) grape tomatoes, quartered
• 3 green onions, chopped
• 1 medium jalapeno, diced
• 1 medium clove of garlic, minced or pressed
• 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
• Juice of 1 lime
• 1 tsp. Cooper Duper Smoke Salt
1. Heat the Beefer to high heat.
2. Wrap a slice of bacon around each sausage and secure the tops and bottoms with a toothpick. Place a Beefer Gastro Tray on the bottom of the Beefer. Place the sausages on a Beefer Grill Grate and place them on top of the Gastro Tray. Allow the sausages and bacon to cook on high heat for about 2 minutes on each side, until the bacon is crispy and the sausages are heated throughout. Remove the sausages and allow them to cool before removing the toothpicks and serving.
3. To make the salsa: In a large mixing bowl combine the mango, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Season with the Cooper’s Provisions Smoked Sea Salt & Pepper. Stir to combine.
4. To build the sausages: Place a bacon wrapped sausage into one of the Brioche buns. Top with salsa and serve.
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 8 minutes
I wrapped some spicy mango chicken sausages (substitute your favorite sausage or wiener) in just one slice of bacon and secured the top and bottom with a toothpick:
Servings: 4 sausages
The toothpicks were really handy here because they not only held the bacon in place while the sausages were cooking, but also gave the sausages some stability, which made it easy to get all four sides of the sausage just the right amount of heat while sizzling it up in the Beefer:
I found some fresh brioche buns at the grocery store which made these rich and decadent, but I still wanted a little something more to dress up these sausages to make them summery and refreshing. Enter the salsa:
I’m a big fan of putting tons of fresh ingredients in any kind of relish or salsa, and when summer hits, all those colorful things are enough to make anyone want to eat their fruits and veggies! Since we’re eating some mango sausages, I thought some fresh mango and cucumber would lighten up our dish a bit. I also added some avocado to pair well with the bacon, and the usual salsa ingredients tied it all together: