It's Party time: Polish Kielbasa with Pics

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by couger78, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    My mother-in-law is celebrating her 80th birthday and so a party in her honor is being thrown this weekend. One of the requests I received was to bring enough kielbasa for 20...[​IMG]—the unfortunate part was I didnt get this request until a few days ago.

    So between work & other commitments, I gotta crank out some kee-bazzy. So due to time constraints I wound up taking fewer photos than usual of the process.

    Got 10+ pounds of pork shoulder & prepped about half of it in the manner I did in a previous thread where I cut up small lean pieces & cured them overnight before grinding & mixing the balance. I used pretty much the same recipe I used last time, but added a bit more salt and garlic.

    My previous kielbasa thread:

    I used larger casings this time (32mm last time) and went with the 38-42mm size.

    Meats with spices & rest of the cure mixed & stuffed. You can see the cubes of the 'cured' pork within the sausages:


    Decided to do a couple of hours of heavy smoke. I used apple wood this time instead of hickory.

    I hung the kielbasa @115-120° for an hour to dry before applying the smoke.

    Smoke just starting & the sun is starting to set....


    I bumped up the temp to 130-140° over the next two hours with good smoke.

    They look ready to pull...



    plunked the load into my roaster full of 175° water. held the temp at around 165-170°


    Time for a break while waiting for the kielbasa's IT to hit the magic mark....


    After ONLY about 25-30 minutes, IT hit 157° so I pulled the kielbasa, plunged them into an ice bath & hung 'em up to bloom for 90 minutes or so:


    FINALLY: Ten pounds of smoked kielbasa ready for the weekend!

    Of course we had to sample some beforehand...


  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, The MIL should be happy. [​IMG]
  3. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks wonderful--nice Bear-view and instructions... Really enjoy the hard work of others..

  4. kielbasa kid

    kielbasa kid Smoke Blower

    Perfect.  I'd hold one out to wear around my neck.[​IMG]Better than perfect.
  5. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow that looks great
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kevin, evenin'...........Kielbasa is soo good...........Homemade would be more thing on my to-do list.................Dave

    Got a visit this week from my wife's polish uncle (uncle-in-law?) from New Jersey.

    Had him (the family's kielbasa 'expert') try my kielbasa (gulp!)....

    He said it wasn't bad for a "spoza Polski" (non-polish) person....He likes his 'basa with even MORE garlic, and no marjoram.

    I'm okay with that critique. Always room for improvement. [​IMG]

    Provide a recipe that you think "polish uncle" would be proud of.......based on his interpretation of your inadequacies.....HAHAHAHAHA..........

    you could make my polish kielbasa anytime........Dave
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  7. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM...........Great job!!
  8. sierra

    sierra Fire Starter

    Looks damn good!!! The only thing that's missing is a cold brew and a tad bit of mustard!  [​IMG]
  9. sierra

    sierra Fire Starter

    Please ignore... Double post...

    Still looks good though!
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  10. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

  11. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh, that looks good.
  12. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    good lord 10 pounds for the aren't planning on sharing are you?  nice pics....sausssssaagggeeess  look delicious  [​IMG]
  13. kielbasa kid

    kielbasa kid Smoke Blower

    Horseradish!  Not "mustard".
  14. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic



    ...oh and I'll take either horseradish or mustard. I'm easy.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  15. sierra

    sierra Fire Starter

    I've never tried Kielbasa with horseradish and I apologize for my ignorance [​IMG].

    I will definitely try it next time I'm cooking some up though. Though I do prefer a spicier "real" mustard as opposed to the hot dog stand yellow mustard...
  16. that looks wonderful.  cut me a piece to sample!!!!
  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The only thing wrong with that Kielbasy is you live in Cali' instead of PA!...JJ
  18. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Too bad we're on opposite ends of the state i'd love to get a roll of that from you!
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great looking Kielbasa!

  20. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    "Kielbasa Still Life"...perfect for the discriminating art gallery. [​IMG]


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