First Kielbasa w/ Qview

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by pearlheartgtr, May 9, 2012.

  1. I made my first batch of Kielbasa yesterday--a 12 hour project start to finish. I cut up 9lbs of pork butt and added 1lb ground chuck to make up the difference for a 10lb batch. After grinding, mixing and stuffing, I finally got the sausages into the smoker to dry by 9:30pm. Because of the wind and rain last night, I didn't get them finished  and hanging (after poach and ice water bath) until about 4:30am.

    The results? A muthakickin' kielbasa. I am so proud of myself since the last two forays into making Italian sausage were eh, ok. It tastes nothing like Hillshire Farms--but better. For the test, I gave some to my Russian grandmother and she said that this is what kielbasa is supposed to taste like. So I think I done did good.

    I used the Polish Sausage mix from Sausagemaker and added 3 or 4 (can't remember) heaping teaspoons of minced garlic. The garlic has a big kick but it fits in perfectly with the rest of the seasonings. The end product looks a little shriveled but it plumps up and is wicked juicy when grilled. As a matter of fact, I grilled one up a little while ago and it squirt at me when I opened the lid [​IMG] .

    Ready for some Qview?


    Necessity is the mother of invention at 4:30 am. The look on my mother's face at 6am when she came into the kitchen and saw it--Priceless.



    Grilled up with a mopping of Hot Bone Suckin' Sauce.



    Thanks for looking!
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Once you start, you just can't stop.  Congrats,  looks real tasty!
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks soooo good.....  That's on my to-do list for sure.....   Dave
  4. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    Looks Great. Good Job.
  5. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats! The fact it tastes NOTHING like the Hillshire stuff is enough to take a bow!

    Add to that your Russian G'ma's comments, sounds like you've got a winner! Nice job!

  6. barnesski1

    barnesski1 Smoke Blower

    Looks so good I'm inspired to try some Kielbasa myself.  Thanks for the pics!
  7. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Grand ma's can be tough critics [​IMG]. You must have nailed it. Once upon a time thats what happened in kitchens you hung stuff up,ham,sausage .I remember a cantina in a friends house where his Ma had cheese in fly wire cages hanging off the rafters. 

    Kielbasa a bit new to me by that name whatever name they go by it looks liked got it down.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice Job...I hope your goal was Good Kielbasa and NOT A HILLSHIRE FARM CLONE!  I know people like it and this is not meant to be a put down, but HF Kielbasa is one rung on the ladder above $.99 /Lb Hotdogs! I'm second generation American of 100% Polish parents and Dad's family are all Butchers...Soon as you get Teeth in my family, they stick a hunk of Kielbasa in your hand to knaw on! So I can says with complete authority that what you have accomplished is, thankfully, worlds apart from Hillshire Farms. Congrats on making Grandma's day, you are gonna be here favorite...JJ
  9. Looks real good!

  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks Awesome and if gram gram said it was good.......You did good.............[​IMG]


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