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How to Cook Italian Sausage on the Grill

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jul 12, 2018 9:02:00 AM



Let’s face it. Sausages are amazing. Versatile. Flavorful throughout. And don’t require much work. Grilling sausages is literally as easy as picking up a pack and slapping them down (carefully, of course) on your backyard grill. Or rather, it can be that easy, once you know the best-kept secret of grilling sausages. Sausages eliminate the need for precision butchering, excessive cleaning, tenderizing, and tenacious seasoning, making them a perfect staple on any dinner table.


(Or breakfast nook.)

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Topics: Grilling Season, Italian Sausage, Grilled Sausage

3 Ways Not to Grill a Sausage

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Sep 4, 2017 9:33:00 AM

Grilling a sausage should be simple, right?

Open the package, crank up the heat, then pop that delicious meat on the grill until it’s juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Unfortunately, grilling sausage properly takes a bit of nuance. The internet is chock-full of “recipes” and “techniques” for grilling everything from brats to bangers, but some of these tricks can leave you with less than you desire.

Trust us. We’re the sausage experts – we’ve tried it all! – and there are few ways you definitely do NOT want to go about grilling your sausage...

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Topics: Grilling Season, Italian Sausage

What Makes a Bratwurst a Bratwurst?

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Aug 28, 2017 9:29:00 AM

Nothing says summer like Bratwurst.

For us here at Papa Cantella’s, there’s no meal more satisfying than a perfectly-grilled Bratwurst nestled in a well-toasted bun, topped with grilled onions and peppers and just a smidge of brown mustard. Mmmmm!

As so many of our friends and family look to us as the “sausage experts,” we get questions all the time about Bratwurst. The most common? “What makes a Bratwurst a Bratwurst?

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Topics: Grilling Season

3 Tricks to Use Your Stovetop Grill Pan

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Aug 18, 2017 10:31:00 AM

We’re big proponents of grilled sausage, as you know. But sometimes outdoor grilling just isn’t in the cards…maybe it’s raining cats and dogs or maybe you live in an apartment that doesn’t allow grills. Whatever the case, a stovetop grill pan can give you almost exactly the same results as an outdoor grill if you know how to use it correctly!

Here are some tips from your friends at Papa Cantella’s on how to get the best results from your stovetop grill pan.

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Topics: Grilling Season, Tips and Tricks

4 Sausage Grilling Hacks

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Aug 3, 2017 9:26:00 AM

If you ask us, grilled sausage is the Official Meat of Summer. Grilling sausage links – both precooked and fresh – is about as easy as grilling gets. Whether you’re using charcoal, gas, or electric, your sausage is bound to turn out just right.

Looking to perfect your sausage grilling game? Papa Cantella’s has been making delicious, premium sausages for over 35 years, so we know a thing or two about how to grill them well. Here are our four best sausage grilling hacks.

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Topics: Grilling Season, Tips and Tricks

"Is My Fresh Sausage Cooked All the Way Through?"

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jul 11, 2017 10:08:00 AM

A question we get a lot is, “How can I tell when my fresh sausage is cooked all the way through?” Sausage is a little trickier to detect “doneness” than some other meats; you can’t always use color or touch to tell whether a sausage has been cooked enough to eat safely. Colors imparted by spices and herbs can hide the color of the meat itself, and the level to which the sausage is “stuffed” can make a finger-touch test impossible to stand by.

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Topics: Grilling Season, Tips and Tricks

5 Foods You Didn't Know You Could Grill

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 27, 2017 9:22:00 AM

You already know your grill is a perfect match for succulent Beer Bratwurst and the tastiest Italian Sausage kebab. But did you realize there are plenty of foods you never even considered grilling that taste great off the grates?

Here are five of our favorite foods to throw on the grill alongside some Smoked Chicken Andouille or Beef Hot Links!

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Topics: Grilling Season, Tips and Tricks

How to Get the Most Out of Your Charcoal Grill

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 21, 2017 9:09:00 AM

It’s grilling season!

Grilling is one of our absolute favorite ways to cook Papa Cantella’s premium sausage links. It imparts a smoky depth-of-flavor you can’t get through any other method, plus it takes the cooking process outside into the great outdoors.

We prefer charcoal; it’s inexpensive, easy-to-find, and quick to heat. Here’s how to get the most out of your charcoal grill when you’re cooking up some delicious sausage.

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Topics: Grilling Season, Tips and Tricks

5 Favorite Summer Sides to Serve with Sausage

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 7, 2017 9:29:00 AM

Is there anything more American than grilled sausage in the summertime?
We think not.

Papa Cantella’s has a long history in premium sausages, and there’s no time we feel more ourselves than summer. Whether you’re grilling (our preferred method!), baking, or stove-cooking, here are our favorite summer sides for sausage.

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Topics: Grilling Season

How to Please Everyone at Your Memorial Day Barbecue

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 26, 2017 10:46:54 AM

The perfect barbecue takes a pinch of planning, a dash of bug spray, and another spoonful of planning! Memorial Day barbecues are a time-honored tradition here in America, in part because they mark the unofficial start of summer.

Whether you’re hosting your first Memorial Day BBQ or you throw a backyard bash every year, take some tips from the barbecue experts at Papa Cantella’s on how to please everyone at your Memorial Day event.

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Topics: Memorial Day, Grilling Season