Sausage Kebabs Glazed with Balsamic and Fig Preserves


It’s grilling season! And it’s in high gear here at our house. There is something about the smell of the meat {or veggies} wafting off of the grill! You always know when someone is grilling {that can be a good or a bad thing LOL} And who doesn’t love food on sticks? I mean really, you put anything on a stick and voila instant hit! These spiedini {which is Italian for kebabs} are no exception! 


The nice folks from Johnsonville recently sent me a little care package with some goodies to use while grilling {disclosure ; )}. Hubs was pretty happy as he’s the grill master in our house and his grill tongs had seen better days. They also included a few coupons for some of their fantastic sausages! I’ve mentioned before how much I especially LOVE their Italian sweet sausages.


Edited to Add: Contest has ended.

Johnsonville is running a pretty fantastic promotion right now & there are BIG prizes at stake {to the tune of $30,000 in cash and prizes ; )} It’s called “SHARE YOUR VILLE” & here’s a SECRET the first 50 VIDEOS submitted will automatically receive coupons for FREE Johnsonville products ; ) That’s right that little tidbit hasn’t been widely shared so what are you waiting for, get yourself over to their site, read all the rules and regulations and SHARE YOUR VILLE ; )

Okay, so what if you’re slightly camera shy? No worries, there’s another promotion you can enter for some green backs ; ) It’s the Johnsonville GRILLVILLE Promo. And… if you, my dear loyal faithful readers, enter this special SECRET CODE you’ll get an additional FIVE entries… Okay come a little closer so I can whisper it in your ear…

This Week’s Johnsonville GRILLVILLE Secret Code Word is BRATS !


So naturally I put those Johnsonville Sausages to good use and made Kebabs! The kicker is in the glaze. Oh that glorious fig & balsamic glaze {you might even want to double this}. Oh yeah, it’s GOOD! If you want to shake things up you could add some shallot cubes or even some bell pepper cubes. I am all about using what is available in my garden right now and this day was cherry tomatoes & basil. You’ll want to LIGHTLY baste on a little oil to your basil before grilling {otherwise you’ll end up with charred Basil, trust me LOL}





Sausage Kebabs Glazed with Balsamic and Fig Preserves

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  • 1 - 19.76 ounce package of Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausages
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bundle of fresh basil leaves
  • 6 tablespoons fig preserves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • canola/vegetable - enough to lightly brush basil leaves


  1. Prior to grilling soak wooden skewers in water for a minimum of an hour {to avoid them catching on fire} If you're using metal skewers, obviously you can skip this step.
  2. When skewers are ready, slice the sausages into roughly 1" sections. Assemble skewers by threading: sausage, cherry tomato, basil. Continue pattern two additional times per skewer until all skewers are complete.
  3. Lightly brush basil leaves with a canola or vegetable oil to keep them from burning.
  4. Place Kebabs onto hot grill and cook until sausages are brown {turning as necessary} Transfer cooked kebabs onto serving tray. Set aside to rest.
  5. WHILE the kebabs are resting, into a small saucepan add fig preserves and balsamic. Stir to combine and cook over low-med heat until it reaches a nice smooth consistency. Baste sauce over the tops of kebabs prior to serving.


3.5 rating
1 reviews


  1. 1

    This sounds so much easier than it initially looked. Oh how I wish I owned a grill!

  2. 2

    Recently, I was shopping for a party and discovered that Johnsonville Italian sausages and bratwursts contain corn syrup. I don’t know why I was surprised, but I was. I stepped over to the next lane and found that the bulk sweet Italian sausage at Costco is free of such unnecessary additives, so I went with Costco’s. They ended up tasting better than the Johnsonville.

  3. 3

    Great summer meal! We could grill out every night and be content!

  4. 4

    The amazing delights that you can make with fig preserves…gotta love it 🙂 I always have some on hand. I love your kabobs! My tummy just rumbled.

  5. 5

    My husband would absolutely go crazy over these.

  6. 6

    Now that looks like my kind of kabob! Wonderful with the fig and balsamic glaze!

    Bon appetit!

  7. 7
    misseesippee /

    I can’t believe I have every ingredient in my pantry or fridge! I’m definitely making these tonight. Thanks Paula! They look so yummy.

  8. 8

    i am DROOLING…what a delicious meal! i love sausage and i love figs and i love balsamic…score 🙂

  9. 9

    This is such a great way to “dress up” Italian sausages. Can’t wait to try it with the locally made hot Italians from our co-op! And the sweet/spicy combination is always a winner at our house. Nice call with the figs.

  10. 10

    Is it wrong of me to lick my monitor when I see something that looks this good?

  11. 11

    i agree with steve! these look lick-yo-monitor good! 🙂

  12. 12

    Looks so good. I don’t eat sausages much, but I am going to have to dive into this one. Thanks for sharing.

  13. 13

    It’s amazing how you’ve turned pre-made sausages into something that looks artisanal. Love the sweet sauce you’ve put on to compliment the savoury sausage.

  14. 14

    Nice little summer outdoor dish!

  15. 15

    I grill everything and I do it all year but there is nothing quite like fresh produce from the garden, a warm evening and the sound of that glaze to take it up to the next level!

    Thanks for the inspiration and of course…love your beautiful photographs.

  16. 16

    Thank you for this!! I picked up fig preserves on a whim the other day and didn’t know what to do with them. Guess what we’re having tonight!? Your photos are just beautiful too. It’s 9am here and I would so eat 5 of those right now.

  17. 17

    I love this idea for a glaze! Fig preserves are one of my favorite ingredients for a sweet and savory meal. I made a pizza once with fig preserves, chicken, onions, and goat cheese….it was fab! I’ll definitely be keeping this kabob recipe in mind.

  18. 18

    Hi Paula! I have admired your recipes over at TK fro some time now! They ae just beautiful! I am sending you some Link Love today! Posting you up on my blog! I am married to an Italian and I too have a passion for Italy! Can’t wait to go back and YES…I want to live there! LOVE LOVE Italy! Have a wonderful day.
    Here is the link to the post..
    I know my readers are going to go NUTS!

  19. 19
    misseesippee /

    I made this yesterday, but had problems with the bbq… so I brought them inside! Off the skewers, it still works gloriously as a skillet meal. I doubled the sauce and served it over rice. Yum!

  20. 20

    An amazing recipe– simple, sweet 😉 and lookin’ oh so delicioso! And amazing photos, I might add!
    Must go get some sausages. I missed the code…

  21. 21

    I should know better than to look at your blog in the afternoon before dinner… Now I’m HUNGRY! These kebabs look spectacular.

  22. 22

    That looks great. You just gave me an idea for dinner :D.

  23. 23
    lisa bailey /

    This sounds like it couldn’t be easier or tastier!!

  24. 24

    It’s difficult to resist kebabs with glossy and caramelized exterior 🙂 You’ve done such a fabulous job with these spiedini!

  25. 25

    Gosh that looks so good with all that delicious glaze. Like the fig preserves. Beautiful photography and dish presentation.

  26. 26

    You are making me hungry! I think I will have to make kebabs for dinner today.

  27. 27

    Wow, I love your blog and this is a GREAT recipe!
    We LOVE sausage and figs, this will be made at our house this weekend, thanks so much for the inspiration!

  28. 28

    Oh my! This looks delicious and I’m quite curious about the flavor of the balsamic and fig preserve that you used, it sounds delicious!

  29. 29

    These look awesome! I love figs and balsamic vinegar, and I always love the flavors of pork products like sausage with something nice and sweet to compliment. Will definitely be trying this soon!

  30. 30
    lisa bailey /

    My husband is right now scarfing down “seconds” of this delicious and beautifully simple dish. Thanks Paula.

  31. 31
    heidi /

    I made this last night and it was fab! thanks!

  32. 32

    Wow. that looks great.

    Where did you get the fig preserves?

    • 32.1

      Thanks gdkaufmann! You can find fig preserves in the jelly/jam section at most grocers : )

  33. 33

    These look so fantastic!

  34. 34

    I just prepare the sausages… were delicious …. thanks for the recipe!

  35. 35

    Beautiful kebabs Paula! Cookin’ Canuck & I would love if you linked ’em up to Get Grillin’ this week 🙂 xo


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