Saturday, 20 August 2011

002 - Chipolata Catherine Wheels

Hello again barbecue fans :-) Number 2 on the list of 100 things to barbecue is really simple, but oh so tasty. The perfect accompaniment to a roast chicken - chipolata sausages, done on the barbecue. 

As you'll see from the photo below, I did these sausages as a little extra when I was doing one of my favourites... beer can chicken. Another blog coming up soon on that soon. But first, the sausages.

My tip of the day with these this sausages would be to curl them up into a wheel ,about six at a time, and skewer them with 1 or 2 bamboo skewers (be sure to soak the skewers in water first). This helps with two things:

  1. They won't fall through your cooking grate (chipolata sausages are very thin)
  2. It becomes a lot easier to turn them over very quickly all at once.
When I cook beer can chicken, I arrange the coals at either side of the barbecue. Which means after about an hour, I have two zones of low direct heat - the  perfect space to put a few sausages to go with the chicken!

Although not pictured, these go really well with a lovely glaze. Mix equal amounts of balsamic vinegar and runny honey and baste the sausage wheels in-between turns. It gives them an amazing, sweet and sticky crust that really compliments the mild spicy taste inside.

Please try it yourself and let me know what you think.


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