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Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers

This post is proudly sponsored by Johnsonville. All recipes, opinions, and ideas are our own. #TailgateThrowdown

Time to throw it down at the tailgate party, y’all. In the SEC, victories can be hard to come by, the food sure isn’t. This recipe for Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers is no exception. Featuring Johnsonville® sausage and big, bold Tennessee flavor, this party appetizer is mouthwatering. Fast + easy, too!

BONUS: Enter for a chance to WIN Tickets + Trip to the SEC Championship Game! WHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat???

Johnsonville Smoked Sausage and Whiskey Glazed Appetizers

Yep, This is Happening: Whiskey Glazed Sausage + Peppers

Guys, this is good. I mean, really really good. And SOOOO easy, you’ll be able to throw this recipe together for all of your game day gatherings and tailgate parties. With the help of Johnsonville, we’re going to show you step-by-step how to get big, bold audacious flavor in this fun appetizer.

But first, let’s talk about Johnsonville’s Tailgate Throwdown so you can enter for a chance to win it all!

Johnsonville Smoked Sausage

Johnsonville Tailgate Throwdown Contest

Your favorite brand of sausage is on the search for the best sausage-inspired tailgating recipe in the SEC! All you have to do is share your recipe using Johnsonville sausage to be entered to win a shot at tickets and trip to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on December 7, 2019. That’s where the contest winner will be announced, too!

So exciting! I’m not going to lie, I am more than a little jealous. But crossing my fingers that one of my awesome readers wins the big prize. 🙂

Here’s the Tailgate Throwdown Contest details:

  • Visit www.TailgateThrowdownContest.com now through November 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Share your recipe and its ingredients, cooking instructions and a photo of the finished dish.
  • There will be two groups of winners: one (1) Ultimate Fan Favorite and two (2) Finalists. The Ultimate Fan Favorite will be determined by a public vote between the dates of Nov. 6-15. The Ultimate Fan Favorite will be awarded Johnsonville Sausage for one year (via 12 coupons) and a Sizzling Sausage Grill. (SWEET!)
  • Johnsonville will review the recipes and choose the two Finalists based on quality, originality, adherence to tailgating theme and visual representation. Johnsonville will notify the two Finalists the week of Nov. 18, in time for them to prepare a trip to the SEC Championship weekend in Atlanta.
  • The Finalists will showcase their recipe at a live Throwdown event with the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill the morning of the 2019 SEC Championship Game.
  • Plus, the Finalists will win two tickets to the 2019 SEC Championship Game, a two-night hotel stay, and a $1,000 gift card for travel and expenses.
  • Please click here for official rules and all the deets.
Johnsonville Cracked Black Pepper Beef Smoked Sausage

I know that all my readers know good food, and you’ve so got this! Please click here to submit your original tailgate recipe using Johnsonville sausage. I want to see you guys win the Tailgate Throwdown Contest and show your SEC Team Pride at the Championship Game in Atlanta.

sliced sausage and green bell pepper on a cutting board

Ingredients Needed to Make Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers:

  • Johnsonville Smoked Sausage Links – pick your favorite flavor, but I really love the Cracked Black Pepper
  • Bell peppers
  • Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Tennessee Whiskey – not going to play favorites, but pretty sure you know which one I’m referring to
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper
  • Chives – optional

There’s a lot of flavors going on in this recipe, and I love it. That’s one thing about a southern tailgate…we don’t play around, do we?

This sausage appetizer recipe is also flexible to your tastes. Want to go really bold? Swap out the bell peppers for jalapenos (warning, you might want to seed them first). Don’t have any apple cider vinegar? A splash of apple juice or plain vinegar will do. You can also use chopped green onions instead of chives if that is what you have on hand.

TIP: You can prep the whiskey glaze barbecue sauce ahead of time and take with you to the game. Or, make the whole recipe ahead of time and warm it up on the grill.

sliced smoked sausage browning in a skillet

The trick to great taste with this recipe is of course, Johnsonville Smoked Sausage. They are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is brown them well in oil for gorgeous sear and flavor. For the bell peppers, all you want to do is blister them until they are crisp-tender.

How to Make Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers:

  1. First, slice the Johsonville sausage into half-inch sized pieces. You don’t want them too small, but still keep them bite-sized for easy eating.
  2. Seed and chop the bell peppers. Keep them about the same size as the sausage.
  3. Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the sliced sausage and peppers.
  4. Cook and stir until the sausage is browned on both sides and the peppers are blistered. This takes about 6 – 8 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the whiskey with all other ingredients (except the chives). Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the whiskey glaze over the browned sausage and peppers. Reduce heat to low, stir, and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until the glaze has thickened and is slightly sticky.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle with chives and serve with toothpicks.
pouring whiskey into a bowl of homemade barbecue sauce

Too easy, right? This recipe makes 40+ bites. Based on about 4 bites per person, Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers will serve 10 people. Double or even triple this appetizer for a crowd.

TIP: Love that Tennessee whiskey? Add more to boost the flavor. Also, you can use molasses or honey in place of the brown sugar if desired for extra sticky glaze.

A cast iron skillet with peppers and smoked sausage in a whiskey bbq sauce

Johnsonville, I think we’ve got a game day winning recipe on our hands. So good, you’ll want to make them again and again.

You can also make this recipe on the grill. Just pop the skillet right onto the grill and go for it.

Close up shot of smoked sausage appetizers covered in whiskey glaze and sprinkled with chives

More Tailgate Faves to Try:

Death Valley Cajun Jambalaya

Nashville Hot Chicken Wraps

Mississippi Mud Chocolate Dessert Dip

vintage metal plate with saucy sausage and green peppers sprinkled with fresh, chopped chives

Do you have what it takes to win Johnsonville’s Tailgate Throwdown? ENTER NOW!!

Close up shot of smoked sausage appetizers covered in whiskey glaze and sprinkled with chives
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Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers

Little bites of big, bold flavor. Easy to make and a wow-worthy tailgate appetizer!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword sausage and peppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 44 Bites
Calories 79.31 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 24 ounces Johnsonville Smoked Sausage
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh chives chopped, optional for serving

Cook That

  1. First, slice the Johsonville sausage into half-inch sized pieces. You don’t want them too small, but still keep them bite-sized for easy eating.
  2. Seed and chop the bell peppers. Keep them about the same size as the sausage.
  3. Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the sliced sausage and peppers.
  4. Cook and stir until the sausage is browned on both sides and the peppers are blistered. This takes about 6 – 8 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the whiskey with all other ingredients (except the chives). Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the whiskey glaze over the browned sausage and peppers. Reduce heat to low, stir, and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until the glaze has thickened and is slightly sticky.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle with chives and serve with toothpicks.
Nutrition Facts
Whiskey Glazed Sausage and Peppers
Amount Per Serving (4 Bites)
Calories 79.31 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.77g7%
Saturated Fat 1.95g12%
Cholesterol 10.98mg4%
Sodium 204.78mg9%
Potassium 68.18mg2%
Carbohydrates 4.74g2%
Fiber 0.14g1%
Sugar 3.93g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 197.34IU4%
Vitamin C 7.67mg9%
Calcium 5.24mg1%
Iron 0.26mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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