Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

Tailgate season is in full swing. What better way to celebrate than with a mashup of game day favorites? Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats are the ultimate way to satisfy all of your cravings.

Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

Is there anything better than fully loaded messy Gluten Free Authentic Detroit Coney Dogs? These sausage boats combine that gloriously messy chili sauce with touchdown winning flavor of bratwurst.


Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats are exactly the football food you want to roll up your sleeves and get messy with. Using a few simple to find easy ingredients, these are sure to become a game day tradition.

  • Bratwurst – Use your favorite variety of brats for this recipe, from beer brats to more traditional German style bratwurst.
  • Mustard – Adds a tangy bite and balances the richness. Yellow mustard or spicy brown mustard are both common pairings with brats.
  • Dairy Free Cheese Sauce or Sharp Cheddar – Ooey, gooey, messy, and delicious, this takes these sausage boats over the top.
  • Ground Beef – Use your favorite type for the chili sauce. Ground chuck, 80/20, has a good meat to fat ratio for this.
  • Onion – Adds both savory flavor and sweetness.
  • Cayenne – Add a little for a back note of heat, or a lot if you like it spicy.
  • Black Pepper – This gives a mild, earthy note of heat.
  • Salt
  • Tomato Paste – Adds sweetness and depth to the sauce.
  • Water – Helps dilute the sauce and allow it to cook down and concentrate.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Gives a layer of umami and depth to every bite of the chili sauce.

How to Make Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

Skip the buns and pull out the stack of napkins. This fun savory create will have you going in for the big bite.

Time needed: 1 hour

This chili sauce is so good it needs to come with a warning. Make sure you save some for the sausage boats!

  1. The Sauce is Boss

    Make your chili sauce. Add your ground beef and onion to a saucepan on medium-low heat. Allow it to cook through until the ground beef is done. Add the tomato paste and mix to fully incorporate it. Add the remaining ingredients for the chili sauce and stir to combine. Partially cover the pot and allow the chili sauce to cook for 30-45 minutes until the meat has completely broken down and the sauce is thickened.

  2. Pregame

    Preheat your pellet smoker to 300 degrees or oven to 375 degrees. Slice the top of your brats open.

  3. Fill

    Spread mustard inside of your split brats. Pack the opening of the bratwurst with the chili sauce. Place the brats in an 8×8 baking dish.

  4. Smoke

    Smoke or bake your brats for 20-25 minutes until done.

  5. Finishing Touch

    Top with Dairy Free cheese sauce or sharp cheddar and enjoy!


You can use your favorite type of sausage for these Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats. In addition, you can also use regular dairy products for either the cheese or cheese sauce.


The chili sauce for this recipe can be made ahead of time which makes it great for meal prep and easy to make these chili sausage boats on the day of. Keep it refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to reheat and use.

Top Tip for Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

You don’t want to slice all the way through your sausages when creating the openings for these. To make a guide for slicing, you can place a chopstick on either end of the bratwurst. That way when you slice the top of the sausage, you don’t cut all the way through.

Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dog Sausage Boats

Chili dogs meet the game day favorite brats with this fun food mashup.
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 pellet grill or oven
  • 1 8×8 baking dish


Sausage Boats

  • 4 bratwurst
  • 1 1/2 cups chili sauce
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 1 cup Dairy Free cheese sauce or sharp cheddar cheese

Chili Sauce

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced large
  • a couple of dashes of cayenne or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce


  • Preheat your pellet grill to 300 or oven to 375.
  • Use a sharp knife to split the brats down the top, not cutting all of the way through.
  • Spread mustard into the sausages. Stuff the brats with the chili sauce.
  • Smoke or bake the sausage boats for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  • Top with cheese sauce or cheddar.
  • Enjoy!
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