Smoked Sausage with Chow Chow Slaw

 Grilled smoked sausage topped with the tangiest homemade chow chow slaw!

Grilled smoked sausage with a tangy sweet chow chow slaw!

One of my favorite local events is a big Oktoberfest in the city.  It happens every year in September.  Lots of cream puffs, draft beer, and the world’s largest chicken dance.  That right there is worth putting up with Portalets!  It wouldn’t be any German festival without lots of German sausage piled high with sauerkraut!  Sausage and kraut is about the only German food I really love!

Perfectly grilled smoked sausage covered in a tangy, homemade chow chow slaw!

While I love sauerkraut, it’s not for everyone.  It’s certainly not for my kids.  Any time I have sauerkraut within 10 feet of any one of my kids they hold their noses and cry out in despair.  So I was left wondering, if I couldn’t top my favorite sausage with kraut, then what could I top it with?  Enter chow chow slaw!

Perfectly grilled smoked sausage covered in a tangy, homemade chow chow slaw!


Chow is not German by any means, it’s origens are rooted in the south and eastern part of the country.  This pickled relish is made with cabbage, green tomatoes, carrots and a variety of other vegatables.  Having been raised on pickled green tomatoes I made my own chow chow simply with lots of green tomatoes cooked down in vinegar and tossed with cabbage slaw.  The hue comes from the Turmeric, the bite comes from the hint of ginger and the red pepper flakes.  I will say the aroma from the boiling vinegar can be strong, so open your windows!  But in the end it will be worth it!  This chow chow is piquant and the slaw is crisp.  The sausage was the perfect companion for this slaw!

Perfectly grilled smoked sausage covered in a tangy, homemade chow chow slaw!

I just might kick that old kraut to the curb, there’s a new topping in town!





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Smoked Sausage with Chow Chow Slaw
  • For the slaw:
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 2 large green tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs smoke sausage cut into fourths.
  1. To prepare slaw, combine vinegar, sugar and seasoning in a stockpot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and onions. Continue simmering on medium low heat for 25 minutes. Remove and cool. When tomatoes have cooled, combine slaw, tomatoes and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Toss to coat.
  2. Heat grill over medium heat. Grill smoked sausage 3-5 minutes per side or until done. Place sausage in a bun and top with slaw.
  3. Serves 4


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11 Responses

  1. WHAT THE WHAT? I’ve never had or heard of Chow Chow and now I’m dying. It sounds exactly like my new favorite type of food. :) Unfortunately, here in #freakingnebraska it’s about impossible to buy green tomatoes. I’m moving back to Illinois immediately. I can not live without this in my life.

    • I wish I could share this with you Kartly: chow chow for pancakes!!! I’ll bring it to #freakingnebraska!

  2. Oh I love this idea! While I am a fan of sauerkraut, I’d never pass up chow chow in pretty much any context. I’ll have to try this sometime!

    • I am a new chow chow fan. I think I actually like it more than kraut! Thanks Julie!

  3. This looks like a great recipe! I am a fan of German food and just had bratwurst with sauerkraut for dinner last night. I’ll have to give chow chow a try. Is there anything else you serve it with in addition to sausages? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • I think it would be great on its own or chicken would be good too.

  4. Beth

    These were delicious. I used regular red tomatoes because I didn’t have green and I added banana peppers because in the picture I originally thought that was what they were and they sounded good. Will definitely be making these again.

    • Yes banana peppers! I love banana peppers, these were a fun meal! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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