Chicago Style Sausage and Peppers

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Punky Julster

Source: West Town Tavern

Top Review by Mareesme

These were very good sandwiches. Maybe they are a specialty from a business in Chicago, but all the sausage sandwiches I've had at the stands use a garlicky marinara-type sauce rather than a sweeter sauce, as in the recipe. They still are very good, however.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 large red bell peppers, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 14 cup jack daniels sour mash whiskey
  • 14 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 hot Italian sausages
  • 8 good quality hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons reserved sausage pan drippings or 2 tablespoons soft butter


  1. Heat corn oil in large skillet and sauté the onions and peppers until tender and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add the bourbon and stir quickly until absorbed.
  3. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar melts.
  4. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. (Can be refrigerated for one week. Let come to room temperature before serving.).
  5. Char-grill the sausages until slightly blackened and cooked through.
  6. Brush the hot dog buns with a little sausage grease or butter and toast over the grill or under the broiler.
  7. Nestle a sausage in a bun and top with about 2 tablespoons of peppers and onions.

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