Sausage is usually made up of ground meat and seasonings, which are packed into a casing and formed into links. This method was designed for food-preservation purposes, portion control and the preparation — smoking, curing, drying — of meats. Sausage can be cooked many ways; frying and grilling are two common practices. With broiling, the heat source comes from above; this is done in an oven. Broiling helps give the sausage a distinct flavor by charring, something you can't achieve by baking.
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Set your oven to "broil" and allow it several minutes to heat up.
Place the sausage in a shallow broiler pan. Place the pan in the oven, once heated, about 4 inches from the heat source. Let the sausage cook for five minutes.
Turn the sausage after five minutes with a pair of tongs and let cook another five minutes.
Check the temperature of the sausage with a meat thermometer to see if the sausage needs additional time in the broiler. Cooking times will vary depending on whether or not the sausage is raw, frozen or pre-cooked, and also by size and ingredients. Generally, sausage can be cooked in around 10 to 15 minutes in a broiler. Cook sausage to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.