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Beer Braised Sausages with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Smoke-braise is combining braising and smoking.  Braising is cooking in a liquid that covers the side of the meat, but not the top. Braising in a smoker will impart smoke flavor and keep the sausages from drying out.

  • 6 Servings
  • 15 mins Prep Time
  • 45 mins Total Time


  • Beer Braised Sausages
  • 1 package Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
  • or 1 package Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 cans light beer
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili lime seasoning
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • Cilantro Lime Slaw
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili lime seasoning
  • 1 lime (juice and zest)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeno
  • Step 1

    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Step 2

    Place an aluminum foil pan on grill and add onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and beer.
  • Step 3

    Heat braising mixture to a simmer and add sausages. Braise for 20 minutes. Remove sausages and pat dry with a paper towel. Preheat grill to high heat.
  • Step 4

    Combine cumin and chili lime seasoning in a small bowl. Brush sausage with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub with seasoning mixture.
  • Step 5

    Place sausages on grill and grill until the skin is crisp.
  • Step 6

    Cilantro Lime Slaw - Servings: 6 Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 15 mins
  • Step 7

    For the Cilantro Lime Slaw, combine cumin, chili lime seasoning, lime juice and zest, honey, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Step 8

    Add cabbage, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno and toss to combine.
  • Step 9

    Let coleslaw rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Beer Braised Sausages.
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