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Bourbon Sausage and Peppers

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, game day, Main Course
Keyword: bourbon, brownsugar, food for a crowd, game day food, sausage, sausage and peppers


  • 5 sweet Italian sausage links, sliced*
  • 5 hot Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 10 cloves crushed garlic
  • 3 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey, plus 1 tbsp
  • Hoagie/sub or club rolls, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease a 9x12 (or larger) glass, ceramic or metal baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    3. Slice sausage links, and place into a large mixing bowl (each link should yield about 5 even slices).
    4. Slice peppers into thin strips and onions into half-moon slices of even width and place into mixing bowl with the sausage. No need to worry about extra thin slices or perfection here- everything is going to be well and cooked down.
    5. Press 10 cloves of garlic with a garlic press and add to mixing bowl.
    6. Add in salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, ½ cup bourbon and ¾ cup brown sugar and mix all ingredients together. Transfer to greased dish and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, undisturbed.
    7. After 30 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and stir well. Place back into over and bake an additional 30 minutes.
    8. After baking an additional 30 minutes, remove from oven, add final 1 tbs of bourbon and stir well. Return to oven for final 20 minutes of baking.
    9. Remove dish from oven and serve on long or party size hoagie/sub rolls. Great for transferring to a crockpot set on warm, or a foil pan warmed with a Sterno for a great self-serve dish parties!