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.
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.
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!