Sweet and Spicy Sausage Subs

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Subs
From www.foodfanatic.com, by Tanya Schroeder

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I cannot eat another hot dog. We have eaten so many hotdogs while sitting at the ball parks, watching my son’s baseball team play. Every game seems to span a meal time, and even if it didn’t, my bored girls would ask for a hot dog anyway. Every trip to the shoddy concession stand gives them a few minutes away from the tedium of baseball.

The girls would come back with limp hot dogs and smooshed buns. Condiments were always forgotten, which was a shame, as a blob of mustard would have been the only way to redeem those sorry looking hot dogs.

This summer I have purposely avoided grilling one single hot dog. My kids are sick of them, and so am I. Smoked sausage is a much better choice than a hot dog anyway, right? Smoked sausage is thick and juicer, and features so much more flavor than a hot dog. It is substantial, know what I mean? You can sink your teeth into a smoked sausage.

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Savory and sweet is one of my favorite food combos. Just look at these cherry Kahlua drumsticks or this chipotle peach chicken sandwich.

These sausage subs start with grilled sausage that is cut on the bias so it fits neatly in a sub roll. It is topped with sweet pineapple cubes, cool cucumbers, fresh and spicy jalapeño slices, and a sprinkling of cilantro.

But the best part is the sriracha ranch dressing that is drizzled on top. You get hit with so many flavors in each bite, you get a little smoke, a little sweet, a lot of spicy and cool crispness from the cucumber.

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This sub beats the pants off any hot dog any day.

I think what I may have to do next season is skip the concession stand. It’s sort of rip off anyway. Next year I’ll invest in a little portable grill and bring a cooler full of all the fixings to make this easy sausage sub. No matter happens on the field, these subs will bring home the win!


Sweet and Spicy Sausage Subs Recipe



  • 1 7-ounce package smoked sausage
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 8 cucumber slicess, halved
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce
  • fresh cilantro
  • 4 sub rolls


  1. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Add sausage to grill and cook for 5 minutes or until marks appear.
  3. Remove and cut sausage on the bias into 8 equal parts.
  4. Place two pieces of sausage into 4 hot dog buns.
  5. Top each sausage with pineapple chunks and four cucumber halves.
  6. In a small bowl combine ranch dressing and Sriracha.
  7. Drizzle mixture over sausage subs.
  8. Garnish with cilantro if desired.


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