Grilling sausages on the BBQ


They’re an absolute BBQ classic – a staple, that everyone enjoys. But to ensure they stay as juicy and tasty as possible on the grill, there are a few do’s and don’ts that you need to know. For example, should you prick your bangers? How long do they take to cook? Do they need rotating?

Thankfully, this is our area of expertise.

As a leading online supplier of delicious (award-winning!) BBQ sausages, it’s fair to say, we know a thing or two about cooking them al fresco. And to help you master the tongs once and for all, here our in-house team offer a simple guide on how to cook BBQ sausages like a pro.


Grilling sausages – 5 steps to perfection

Step 1: Blanch your sausages

Before you cook sausages on a BBQ, we recommend that you blanch them first.

This isn’t an essential step in the cooking process. If you wish, you can put the sausages (from raw) straight onto the BBQ. But it is usually worthwhile. Not only does blanching remove the risk of undercooked meat, it prevents the sausages from shrinking or splitting on the grill – and, as such, will ensure they keep their full flavour and succulent texture.

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and then turn it down to simmering. Add the sausages and gently simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Once they’ve turned grey on the outside, take them out of the pan and allow them to cool at room temperature before refrigerating.


Step 2: Bring them up to room temperature

BBQ sausages should never be cooked as soon as they’re taken out of the fridge. If the meat is too cold in the centre, there’s a good chance the outside will burn before the inside is cooked – even if you blanched them previously. And nobody wants a burnt sausage that’s still raw in the middle! 

Our advice? Lift them out about 20 minutes before you wish to start grilling and leave them on the kitchen counter. In the meantime, you can pre-heat your barbie and chop up your side salad.


Step 3: Create two zones of heat

To ensure the best results, sausages should be grilled on a medium heat – and then finished on a higher heat to create that signature BBQ charring. Therefore, you’ll need to create two ‘heat zones’. If you have a gas grill, simply turn 1-2 burners onto the highest heat setting and 1-2 burners onto the lowest setting. Or, if you’re using a charcoal BBQ, arrange the charcoal on one side before lighting.

Blanching sausages and cooking sausages on the BBQ 

Step 4: Start sizzling

You’re now ready to start grilling sausage.

Pop the sausages onto the medium heat and grill for around 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. Never prick the casings, as this will lead to a loss of flavour and succulence. And try not to overcrowd the grill. In fact, no more than 60% of the cooking area should be covered at any one time.

When they’re almost ready for taking off, move the sausages onto the higher heat for a couple of minutes. This will ensure they’re thoroughly cooked and adds a smoky charring to the outside.


Step 5: Check the meat is cooked and allow it to restBBQ sausages available at Supreme Sausages

When cooked, BBQ sausages should be approximately 75-80°C in the centre. A cooking thermometer is the safest way to check this. But if you’ve got tongs in one hand and a cold beer in the other, you can simply cut one sausage in half. If it still looks pink, give it a few more minutes on the grill.  

Once you’re satisfied the meat is done, take it off the BBQ and leave it to rest for 5 minutes.

Cook the perfect BBQ sausages today

This is our tried-and-tested technique, here at Supreme Sausages. The one that we use ourselves, both at business events and home BBQs. And in our opinion, it almost always guarantees perfection!

So, why not have a go?

Browse our full online range, pick out a few tasty bangers and master the art of grilling sausage this summer. And remember, for more tips on how to cook BBQ sausages – and ensure they’re as yummy as possible – you’re always welcome to get in touch. Either give us a call on 01865 891 652 or send an email to and we’ll get back to you ASAP with further advice.