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    A few years ago, in mid-December, we had a craving for freshly grilled hamburgers. What do you do when it’s snowing in the middle of winter and you want to grill? For us, we break out the grill and BBQ anyways. Needless to same, I’m excited to kick off our outdoor grilling season, and what better way to start grilling than with Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage.

    Kick Off Grilling Season with Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage

    During a recent trip to Walmart, I stopped by the deli meats and picked up a few packages of the new Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage. This new sausage comes in a variety of flavors that could be used in both grilling recipes and sausage recipes. We ended up picking up packages of the Garlic & Onion and Smoky Bourbon Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage.

    Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage in Walmart

    This BBQ was the first time we used the outdoor grill this year. Since we’ve moved to a house with an indoor grill, we haven’t needed to brave the Montana winters to enjoy good BBQ. But our outdoor grill has great flavor and the weather has been beautiful, which means it was the perfect time to host a fun BBQ gathering.

    Time for a BBQ

    To accompany the Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage, I decided to try grilling up some kale as a side dish. I had some large kale leaves and coated them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I put the kale on the grill whole for about 5 minutes on each side, until the edges of the leaf start to char. The kale ended up kind of crispy and delicious.

    Grilling Kale

    I also threw on a pot of baked beans, because baked beans are needed at every BBQ. Then, Gil started grilling the sausage.

    I’ve tried sausages that didn’t really have the flavor to be eaten in a bun. Many times, I’ve had to cut up the sausage and “mask” the flavor a little so it wasn’t to peppery or conversely to add flavor because it was lacking. That was not the case for Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage. These sausages can be enjoyed as-is, in a bun, or with your favorite toppings.

    Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage

    Keeping it simple with just ketchup. Simple and AWESOME.

    I started out with the Smoky Bourbon Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage and LOVED it. There was a great, subtle bourbon flavor that added a nice complexity to the sausage. Next up was the Garlic & Onion sausage which had a little extra sweetness with each bite. I love how Hillshire Farm has been able to make BBQ a little more gourmet without being stuffy.

    Add in a few drinks and BAM! – Grilling season has officially kicked off (at least for us).



    How will you be kicking off grilling season this year?

    Want to taste Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage for yourself? Check your local Walmart store from May 1st-May 4th to see if they’re participating in a special demo of American Craft Sausage.

    Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are 100% my own. #CollectiveBias #AmericanCraft #StartYourGrill #CollectiveBias #shop.

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