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Premio Sausage Review

Posted by Dave On August - 28 - 2013

Premio Foods LogoSausages and brats are a staple at any tailgate party. Inferior and poor tasting sausages at a tailgate is a major tailgating faux pas. That’s why you should strive to not just bring the run of the mill meats to your next tailgate but to seek out the kind that will have your tailgate party guests hovering around the grill waiting for the next batch to come off.

The folks at Premio Foods contacted us and asked if we had ever had their sausage. Sadly, we had to answer no. They offered to send us some samples to test out and give some honest feedback on what we thought. Who are we to turn down an offer of some free meat in the interest of helping tailgaters make an educated choice as what to serve while tailgating?

(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of Premio sausage for free. The fact these samples were provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

We were sent samples of the Premio Sweet/Mild Italian Sausage and the Premio Hot Italian Sausage. Both came in a package with five sausages in each. We grilled both kinds for dinner and placed them in rolls with some marinara sauce on the sweet/mild sausages and just some shredded cheese on the hot sausages.

The sweet/mild Italian sausages had very good flavor and were complimented well by the marinara sauce. The hot Italian sausage was very good as well. The spiciness of the sausage wasn’t overwhelming and you could tell the Premio folks weren’t trying to use shock and awe to try and cover up the flavor with a bunch of spices. Sometimes sausages that are over the top spicy do so because they are trying to mask the flavor and we all know spices are much cheaper than using quality cuts of meat.

Premio is a family owned, Italian sausage manufacturer, based in northern New Jersey. Premio sausage, both pork and chicken, is available throughout the USA in grocery stores and other locations, such as Wal-Mart and Costco.

In addition to the two flavors of sausage we tried, they have all kinds of sausage including bratwurst, kielbassa, chorizo and breakfast sausages. As mentioned before, they even have chicken sausage for those that do not eat pork or are a little more health conscience.

We tried the Premio sausages on the grill because many of you while tailgating would probably prepare them on a grill while out tailgating. In learning more about Premio’s sausages, a few recipes jumped out that looked really good. I will share two with you here but if you are looking for more, check out the Premio recipe section for more ideas.

Bacon Wrapped Sausage
Bacon Wrapped Sausage Coins with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
• 1 Tablespoon water
• 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
• 2 teaspoons soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
• 1 package of Premio Sausage, any variety, cut into 1/3-inch rounds
• 1 1/2 pounds bacon, each slice cut in half

How to make Bacon Wrapped Sausage Coins with Pineapple Dipping Sauce:

Combine the preserves, the water, the lime juice, the soy sauce, the mustard and the pepper flakes in a blender or food processor. Puree until all the ingredients are blended and the mixture is smooth. Pour sauce into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed. (Sauce can be made 5 days in advance).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet, with sides, with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Wrap each sausage round with a slice of bacon, secure with a wooden pick, and set on prepared baking sheet. Bake until bacon is brown and crisp, about 20 – 25 minutes per side. Remove baking sheet from oven, transfer bacon wrapped sausage coins to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat.

Spoon sauce into a small bowl and set in the center of a large serving platter. Arrange bacon wrapped sausage coins around sauce bowl.

Serve immediately.

Serves 8 – 10 for appetizers

Italian Sausage Sub SandwichItalian Sausage Subs

Ingredients:

• 1 pkg Premio mild Italian sausage
• 1 16 oz can spaghetti sauce
• 1 8 oz can of Italian style diced tomatoes
• 1 small bell pepper sliced
• 1 small can sliced mushrooms optional
• 6 rolls

How to make Italian Sausage Subs:

Cook Premio Sweet/Mild Italian Sausage on stove medium heat until no longer pink in middle. Then add sauce, tomatoes, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Simmer for 30 min or longer. Season to taste. Serve on roll with Mozzarella cheese melted on the sausage. Serves 6.

Johnsonville Brat Poppers and Music Video Contest

Posted by Brandon On July - 29 - 2013

If you’ve been watching Johnsonville’s social media pages and/or their Big Taste Grill blog, which is written by the team traveling with the grill, you have probably seen their take on a jalapeno popper. Since they hooked me up with some of their smoked brats to play around with I decided to give this recipe a go.

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What makes these different from other poppers I’ve tried is that instead of a creamy cheesy filling they have diced up smoked brats in them. What you end up with is a really meaty popper that could almost serve as a meal in itself. Katie, my official taste tester/wife, had some and seemed to like them pretty well so I think I can safely recommend them to you all.

Brat Poppers
(Taken from Johnsonville.com)

What you need

  • 18 Jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (14 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Smoked Brats
  • 1 package (16 ounces) bacon, cut into thirds
  1. Using a sharp knife, slice 1/4 inch off the stem end of the peppers, discard the stem.
  2. Using a small knife or vegetable peeler, remove seeds and spines of the peppers, discard.
  3. Dice the sausages into small pieces and stuff the peppers with the sausage.
  4. Cover the sausage with a 1/3 strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Grill the brat bullets over medium heat until evenly roasted and the bacon is crisp.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to let you all know about a contest that Johnsonville is running. They’re calling on all grillmasters to produce their version of a music video entitled “Don’t Pierce the Brat.” I’ve embedded their version below so you can hear the song. The winner will get $5,000 and a year supply of Johnsonville Brats. For more info you can go here to get the tools you’ll need and to see the official rules.  Looks like the deadline for submission is August, 30.  We would love to see your videos if you do make one.

BLT Dip

Posted by Dave On July - 16 - 2013

BLT dip

Here at Tailgating Ideas it is no secret we love the bacon. And what is better than a good old fashioned BLT sandwich? Now comes along the BLT Dip for tailgating.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Iceberg lettuce
  • pepper an salt to taste

Toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 11⁄2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside 3/4 cup crumbled bacon.

In a large bowl, combine remaining bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce over hot dip. Serve immediately with toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Tailgating Hint:
If you are taking this BLT Dip to the tailgating parking lot, we suggest placing the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce in a ziploc bag and transporting separate from the dip. When you are ready to serve while tailgating, add the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce at that time.

Because this is a hot dip, in order to keep it hot during transport to the tailgating site, we would suggest using the Tailgate HotBag, that keeps hot foods hot up to 170 degrees for as long as you like. We would suggest the Tailgate Hotbag Side Loading model for this particular recipe.

Horseradish BBQ Sauce

Posted by Dave On May - 22 - 2013

Ingredients

    • 1 cup butter, melted
    • Juice of 2 lemons
    • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 or 4 drops hot sauce
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Horseradish
    • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool.

Original recipe by The BBQ Grail can be found HERE.

Larry Gaian is the founder of The BBQ Grail. Follow him on Twitter @BBQGrail.

Sam’s Cole Slaw

Posted by Larry On May - 13 - 2013

Ingredients

  • 4 cups finely shredded WHITE cabbage
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and marinate in refrigerator overnight. Drain off excess liquid before serving.

Original recipe by The BBQ Grail can be found HERE.

Larry Gaian is the founder of The BBQ Grail. Follow him on Twitter @BBQGrail.

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