Pasta salad reminds me of summer BBQs in friends' and families' backyards. The carefree kind of summers where you lived in a bathing suit and kept busy for hours running through a slip-n-slide of sprinkler to stay cool. While I may not have a slip-n-slide in my backyard, I have this pasta salad on repeat right now. It's smokey, sweet and spicy all at the same time. The summer sausage used here is a venison smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage from Mat's hunt a year or two back but feel free to use whatever kind of summer sausage you can get your hands on!