Linguica Con Queso (Cheese-Grilled Sausage)

"A popular Brazilian appetizer. Adapted from Planet Barbecue. Try to find the straightest sausage links possible. Other cooked sausage may be substituted; kielbasa is a good alternative."
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Ready In:


  • 1 12 lbs linguica sausage (or other cooked sausage)
  • 6 ounces coarsely grated cheese (mozzarella, jack, gouda or other soft cheese)


  • Slice the sausage in half lengthwise.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Brush and oil grill grate.
  • Grill sausage, cut side down, until sizzling and golden brown, 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn sausage over.
  • Thickly sprinkle cut side with cheese.
  • Close grill lid and continue grilling until sausage is browned on uncut side and cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 minutes more.
  • Using a spatula, carefully transfer the linguica to a cutting board, keeping the cheese on top.
  • Cut crosswise into 1" pieces.
  • Serve on toothpicks.

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  1. Yum! I don't think that I've ever had linguica before but will definitely have it again. This is so super simple and tasty. I grilled these up with some chicken wings for watching football today and they were gone in a flash. Wish I'd made more. Thanks Chocolatl for a great keeper and introducing me to a brand new treat. Made for Culinary Quest 2014.
  2. This was so yummy!! I used some linguica and some kielbasa (kielbasa was my fav) and I served it in buns as a main dish!
  3. What a great idea! I used regular smoked sweets for the sausage and cojito cheese. These were really really good. Made for ZWT 7.
  4. This was so easy to make and delicious. I used smoked turkey sausages. I didn't want to grill, so I broiled the sausages and then added a mixed of jack and cheddar cheeses. They came out crispy on the outside and very tasty with the cheese on top. A great quick-fix for dinner. Made for ZWT7 - Central/South America for the Hot Pink Ladies!
  5. I followed your recipe and instruction, I did not deviate on any matter. Because I purchased excellent linguica, there was a flavorful linguisa taste to me and my 88 year old uncle, who is from Fall River Mass, and his parents were immigrants from Sao Miguel in the Azores, and so we know well the unique taste of linguica, and this exemplified it, because I bought excellent linguica. Both of us tasted the strong garlic and paprika flavors that are found in a quality linguisa. Fortunately, it did not taste anything like a standard breakfast sausage, because I actually purchased a traditional, high quality linguica. No need to review your recipe and see if something is incorrect on the quantity of ingredients or in the procedure to prepare the linguica because this is perfect, if you start with excellent ingredients.



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