Brunch, lunch, or dinner, this kitchen tool makes preparing sausages that much better.

By Kelly Vaughan
Updated January 02, 2019
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The Basic Kitchen Tool That Helps You Cook Sausage Perfectly smoked sausage hillshire farms
Credit: Hillshire Farms

Tongs are one of the most universally useful kitchen tools to keep in your utensil crock—they’re great for tossing salads, plating pasta, and turning over sausages on a grill or in a pan.

When I attempted to cook sausage three different ways, I thought about which kitchen utensil would be my best weapon for flipping sausage (lately, I’ve loved using Hillshire Farm® Rope Smoked Sausage). I feared that using the wrong tool would ruin the perfectly-charred grill marks or seared crispy crust on my sausage. A fork wouldn’t have enough force to flip the entire rope and would likely pierce the casing, causing the juice to leak out. A spatula could work, I thought, but a metal spatula runs the risk of scratching a coated nonstick pan while a rubber spatula would simply be too slippery. Tongs, on the other hand, are sturdy and would have enough grip to lift and flip the long rope while not destroying the casing.

The best option is 12” metal or silicone-covered tongs, which will help yield perfectly-cooked sausage. They’re likely the type of tongs you already own, which means you don’t have to spend money on a specialty, one-use-only kitchen gadget. The silicone or nylon padding on the tongs will prevent those feared scratch marks on your nonstick pan and are gentle enough against the delicate casing. Plus, the silicone is designed to be heat resistant, which will prevent tragic meltage when you inevitably rest your tongs for too long in a hot pan (believe me, I’ve been there).

Tongs for Cooking Sausage

To buy: $13;

Tongs make it easy to transfer the entire smoked sausage rope from grill or pan to plate or platter without the risk of dropping it. If you do need to stock up or want to help out a fellow grill master, we recommend these $13 nylon locking tongs.