No burnt outsides or raw insides. We found a surefire way to grill the perfect sausages. Bring on the cookout!

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Illustrations by Joel Holland
| Credit: Illustrations by Joel Holland

Cooking links on the grill can be tricky. If the heat isn't just right, you can get sausages that are burnt on the outside and raw in the middle: Yuck! Use our simmer-sear method. First, arrange the sausages in a large skillet and add enough water (or beer or stock) to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat on the grill or stove, then reduce heat to medium-low (or move the sausages to indirect heat) and cook until the sausages reach an internal temperature of 150°, about 10 minutes. Finish the sausages on a hot greased grill, turning often, until the skins are crispy