Search Recipes

The perfect barbecued sausage

Adam Liaw
Adam Liaw

Just about the only thing that all of us can take as given on Australia Day is that wherever we end up, there's going to be a barbecue happening. With that in mind, I want to give the good old barbecued snag a bit of a makeover. The reality is that sausages are not all that easy to cook. Too much sizzle and they're raw in the middle and burnt on the outside. Too little and the skin gets tough and wrinkled. Here's a foolproof solution; the sauce surrounding the sausages keeps them moist while they cook through on a foil tray. Then finish them directly on the grill for that true barbecue taste.

The secret is to cook the snag in sauce: Adam Liaw's perfect barbecued sausage in a bun.
The secret is to cook the snag in sauce: Adam Liaw's perfect barbecued sausage in a bun. Photo: William Meppem


12 thick pork or beef sausages (about 1kg)

12 rolls or 12 slices of bread, to serve

rocket leaves, to serve

Cook-in barbecue sauce

3 cups roughly chopped tomato

2 large brown onions, finely chopped

2 cups tomato sauce (ketchup)

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)


For the barbecue sauce, mix all the ingredients together and spread over the base of a disposable foil roasting tray (or a double layer of aluminium foil crumpled at the edges to form a lip). Press the sausages into the sauce and cover the tray loosely with foil.

Place the tray directly on a hot barbecue and allow to cook for 20 minutes, turning the sausages after 10 minutes.

Transfer the sausages from the tray directly onto the barbecue (keep the tray on the grill to reduce the sauce slightly) and grill for about 5 minutes, turning often until nicely browned and slightly charred.

Return the sausages to the tray while you lightly grill the rolls or bread slices. Serve the sausages in the bread with the barbecue sauce and some fresh rocket leaves.


Main ingredient:
Beef, Pork, Bread
Modern Australian
Main-course, Finger-food
Australia Day, Anzac Day, Barbecue, Family meals, Father's Day

More recipes like this...

Surf and turf burger with crumbed calamari.

Surf and turf beach burger

Jill Dupleix
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
46 Reader ratings
Frank Camorra beef and mushroom pie.

Pedro Ximenez braised beef and mushroom pie

Frank Camorra
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
114 Reader ratings
Classic hamburger

Classic hamburger

Caroline Velik
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
114 Reader ratings
Neil Perry's roast beef and gorgonzola.

Roast beef, gorgonzola and potato salad

Neil Perry
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
132 Reader ratings
BBQ Veal Cutlet Capers & Sage.

Barbecued veal cutlets with capers and sage

Neil Perry
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
5840 Reader ratings


Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies