It can't be a big secret that I love anything BBQ'd. I love smoky flavors, I love playing with fire, I love tender meats and anything dripping with sauce.
Many years ago, I used to eat at a Seattle restaurant known as "Dixie's BBQ
". It was an interesting place and the food was AMAZING. It is here that I discovered the "hot link". I would order a pound of BBQ'd beef brisket, with a hot link and a side of "The Man" (a north west sauce famous for its originator, as much as it will burn your face off).
A "Hot Link" is really just a fancy term for "Andouille" sausage, which is a spicy pork sausage brought to the US south, by French immigrants. It's usually smoked and generally has a bit of a kick. It's quite common in Cajun circles.
In the case of THIS recipe, I was aiming to take a relatively inexpensive cut of meat (a turkey thigh) and transform it into the kind of dish that could potentially bring world peace. It's really got all the parts! Pork, in two different ways, hot spices, turkey thighs, BBQ sauce and smoky goodness!
When shopping for the sausage, you want raw "Louisiana Hot Link" or "Andouille" sausage, in bulk, if you can find it. If you can't buy it by the pound, you can also buy raw sausage links, where you can snip the end off of them, then squeeze the meat out of the casing, like a big tube of toothpaste.