Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs

Spicy Italian sausage dogs are a fantastic grilling recipe, perfect for summer grilling, tailgating parties, or just an easy weeknight dinner.

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If you are looking for the perfect meal to serve with a nice cold beer this summer, then look no further than these Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs. Spicy Italian Sausage is grilled to perfection then topped with shredded mozzarella, marinara and spicy pickled peppers.

What says summer more than grilling with friends and drinking a cold beer? Not many things that I can think of. That is why when the nice people at Heineken asked me to pair a summer grilling recipe with their beer, I had no problems saying yes. Any excuse to have a summer BBQ!

Before I got started on my recipe development, I had to stop by my local Kroger to pick up a 12 pack of Heineken, because what is a family summer BBQ without beer to quench the thirst? I also like the fact that Heineken is a light beer. In the summer, that is just what I am looking for. Something not too heavy and something that pairs well with anything you can toss on the grill. Heineken is just that.

Heineken beer

Heineken beer

Once I had that, it didn’t take long to figure out what I was going to grill to pair with the light beer: Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs. Why spicy? Well because for me, nothing goes better with an ice cold beer than something spicy. Some spicy barbecue chips or baked pita chips would be fantastic with this Italian sausage recipe, too.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs topped with mozzarella, marinara and spicy peppers are the perfect spicy grilled meal this summer.

I also wanted to make something easy. After all, during a backyard summer BBQ with friends, you don’t want to have to spend all of your time in front of the grill right?

These Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs are just that – super easy to make.

All you need is spicy Italian sausage links, some shredded mozzarella, marinara and some pickled hot peppers and you’re good to go.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs topped with mozzarella, marinara and spicy peppers are the perfect spicy grilled meal this summer.

Don’t forget the ice cold Heineken to go with these Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs though. It’s a must.

MSG 4 21+ Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs topped with mozzarella, marinara and spicy peppers are the perfect spicy grilled meal this summer

Spicy Italian Sausage Dogs Recipe

Serves 5 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 5 Hot Italian Sausage links
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup pickled spicy peppers



Heat grill to medium-high heat. Cook sausages until cooked through, 8 - 10 minutes.


Place hot sausages in buns and top with cheese, marinara and spicy peppers. Serve immediately.



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  • Reply
    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    July 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Spicy and on a bun – count me in!

  • Reply
    July 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    We love grilling Italian sausages and these toppings are ideal!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Reyes
    July 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love anything spicy! And these sausage are a must try for our next grilling!

  • Reply
    July 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    This is how to summer. Some seriously good looking dogs there!

  • Reply
    July 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Beer and sausages? Count me in! I love the Italian twist you put on these dogs.

  • Reply
    Jenny B @ Honey and Birch
    July 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

    My husband’s favorite beer is Heineken – he would be all over this pairing!!

  • Reply
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    July 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    You have a great man meal here! My dad is kind of picky but this is his kind of meal (and who does not like beer paired with their sausage?!)

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