Discover expert tips on how to barbecue sausages to achieve a perfect balance of softness, juiciness, and thorough cooking every time. It’s time to elevate your grilling game.

How to barbecue sausages perfectly every time

Take a look at the butcher’s cabinet or the supermarket aisles, and you’ll see endless varieties of snags.  The humble sausage has become a gourmet item, but these new varieties require a little more cooking care than the humble thin sausages like those you might find at a Bunning’s sausage sizzle.

Do your snags taste as good as they should on your plate? Do they live up to the promise of the butcher’s window?  Wondering what you are doing wrong when it comes to tossing a sausage on the barbecue?

Here are some sausage cooking tips from Errol, a trusted barbecue master cook who knows how to get the best out of a sausage. I met Errol when I was a judge at the Australian Meat Industry Council Queensland Sausage King Competition.

Errol’s top tips for perfect barbecue sausages

Make sure there’s a delicious sizzle coming from your barbecue, not the telltale aroma of burnt meat, with these tips.

  1. Always have the plate at a low temperature.
  2. Turn the sausage regularly to make sure it is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Keep the moisture inside your sausages cook them slowly so they are succulent.
  4. Don’t prick or cut them open, or you’ll end up with dry sausages.
  5. Cook over low heat for longer than you might think (10 to 15 minutes for a thick sausage).


How to buy the best sausages

Of course, it always helps to start with a great sausage. Here are my tips on buying sausages.

  1. Put quality ahead of price. Sausages are fairly inexpensive, so you can afford to buy the best available.
  2. Try unusual combinations. Pork and fennel are my favourites, but how about Moroccan lamb and raisin, pork apple and cinnamon, or sweet chicken and corn? Meat at Billy’s does a maple pork sausage that is totally delicious.
  3. Always read the ingredient list when buying pre-packaged sausages so you know what you are eating.
  4. Cook them well. There is nothing worse than an uncooked sausage. Not only does it not taste great, but it is not good to eat either.

Happy barbecuing!

What are the top 10 Iconic Aussie foods?

Well, sausages, of course, make the list, but there are nine others that you can add to any Aussie-themed menu with confidence.

Here are my top picks.