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Grilled Hot Links & Chow Chow

Author: Meiko Temple
This recipe for Chow Chow and Grilled Hotlinks is perfect for summer cookouts especially Juneteenth. Be prepared to pucker up to these juicy, red sausage links packed with spiced ground beef and served with a tangy-sweet chow-chow relish. Follow this recipe guide for easy preparation whether you are indoor or outdoor grilling.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Soul Food, Southern
Servings 6
Calories 704 kcal


Chow Chow

  • 1 large green tomato, chopped (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup about 2 1/2 ounces chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, about 2 1/2 ounces, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, about 2 1/2 ounces, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile pepper, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cups about 8 ounces chopped green cabbage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole or ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon yellow mustard powder
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Grilled Hot Links

  • 2 lbs hotlinks , such as Earl Campbell’s Beef Hot Links or Johnsonville
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 6 Hot dog buns
  • Additional toppings of your choice


Make the chow chow

  • In a food processor, combine the tomato, onion, green and red bell peppers, the serrano and celery and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the cabbage and salt and pulse 4 to 5 times, or until the cabbage is finely chopped. Add to a nonreactive bowl, such as glass, stir to combine, then cover with plastic wrap or a large plate and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Strain the mixture in a colander set over a bowl and reserve the excess liquid.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the mustard seeds, celery seeds, allspice, turmeric and mustard powder, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the vinegar with 1/2 cup of the reserved vegetable liquid and bring to a boil. Stir in the sugar and toasted spices until the sugar dissolves, bring to a boil and cook until the mixture reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture returns to a boil, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat as needed to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the mixture reduces by about a third, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let the chow-chow cool to the touch, about 15 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until needed.

Grill the hot links

  • If using a gas grill with two burner zones, preheat one zone to medium about 15 minutes before grilling. Leave the other zone off.
  • If using a charcoal grill, fill a chimney starter with charcoal, light it, and when the coals are red hot, dump them into your grill. Add more charcoal. When all the coals have turned gray but are still very hot, about 15 minutes, your grill should be medium hot. (Use a grill thermometer or test the heat by holding your hand, palm-down about 5 inches from the grill. If you can hold it there for 4 to 5 seconds, the heat should be medium heat, or about 350 degrees. Then, scoot the coals to one side, leaving the other side empty. Replace the cooking grate. Cover the grill.
  • Lightly brush or rub the hot links with the oil, place over indirect heat on the grill, cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of a hot link registers 150 degrees.
  • Once cooked through, move the links over to the direct-heat side and sear until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees, 1 to 2 minutes. Watch them closely, turning them so they don’t burn. Fat may drip into the coals causing flare-ups; be careful. Remove the links from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, brush the buns lightly with butter and place them cut-side down on the grill, directly over the coals, until toasted, a few seconds to 1 minute. Watch the buns closely so they don’t burn.
  • Add a hotlink to each warm bun, dress with the chow-chow and serve.


Calories: 704kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 29gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 2937mgPotassium: 674mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 868IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Hot Links, juneteenth, recipe for chow chow
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