You’ve heard of Ice Fishing.  Drill a hole in the frozen surface of a lake and throw in a line.  Maybe have a shack over you to keep you warm.  Warm your insides with sufficient hard liquor.  Here is a picture from Capt DHD’s Blog last winter (February 15, 2010) of some of those shacks that were put up on thin ice.

So what does this have to do with Grilling.  For tonight’s Super Bowl party, we are bringing  Chicken/Apple Sausages from Costco prepared as you would prepare the Traditional Wisconsin Bratwurst.   My wife wanted them grilled.

When we re-built our home a couple of years ago, we made a special deck off the kitchen just for the grill.  It is hooked up to our natural gas line.  No question, it is a necessity and makes summer entertaining easy.   But – I looked out the window and there was four feet of snow covering the deck.  She headed for the store and I headed for the deck.  The first trick was getting there.  Just opening the door wide enough for me to slide out was a trick.  Then reality set in.  That’s not snow.  It’s ICE , thick ice covering a bit of snow.

Took me a half hour of chopping to clear a 6 foot long path to the grill and get the ice off the thing.  Surprise – it actually lit.  Pumped it up to high to melt off the rest.  When she got back it was ready for use – by me – with a storm coat on.   It was worth it.  Although they are pre cooked – the grill makes them look great.  Here’s the recipe for the sauce for 15 sausages:

  • 1-14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 bottles or cans beer – not the lite stuff – we are using up the real dark beer in the fridge – better taste.
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Splenda

Mix ingredients and bring to a low simmer until the vegetables are soft. Do not let sauce boil. Put grilled sausages in simmering sauce until ready to eat.  Serve with brown mustard, if you wish.

They turned out great.