- 4 raw Chicken Italian Sausages (5 ounces each)
- 4 slices bacon
- 8 toothpicks soaked in water
- Spicy BBQ sauce (see recipe below)
- 1 1/4 cup sweet white onion, thin julienne cut
- 2 Fresno chiles, seeded, thin julienne cut
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 4 whole wheat hot dog buns
- 1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, cut into 12 slices
For the Spicy BBQ Sauce:
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/8 cup orange juice concentrate
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.
Wrap each sausage with a slice of bacon and secure each end with a water-soaked toothpick. Grill over medium heat away from the direct flame for 30-40 minutes until done, turning several times to ensure even browning of the bacon.
Mix together the BBQ sauce, orange juice concentrate and cayenne pepper; set aside.
Just before the sausage is done, sauté the Fresno chili peppers and onions in vegetable oil until slightly limp.
Toast the whole wheat buns and spread 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce on each one.
Top each bun with a roasted bacon wrapped sausage (toothpicks removed), grilled chili peppers and onions, then three slices of Fresh California Avocado.
Oven Preparation: The sausages also may be roasted at 400°F for 30-40 minutes, until done, turning two times to assure even browning of the bacon.
Serving suggestion: Like it even hotter? Add whole Fresno chiles to the roasting pan during the last half of the cooking and enjoy them whole, with or without seeds. Serve with whole wheat honey pretzels and prepare extra spicy BBQ sauce for dipping.
Beverage Pairings: Cool the heat with orange juice mixed with sparkling water or an icy cold beer.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:Calories 480; Total Fat 22 g (Sat 5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1.5 g, Mono 5 g); Cholesterol 120 mg; Sodium 1550 mg; Potassium 360 mg; Total Carbohydrates 41 g; Dietary Fiber 5 g; Total Sugars 16 g; Protein 34 g; Vitamin A 224 (IU); Vitamin C 22 mg; Calcium 94 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 3 (IU); Folate 44 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.08 g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 35%; Calcium 10%; Iron 15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe provided by California Avocado Commission. Copyright @2013