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It's Party time: Polish Kielbasa with Pics

post #1 of 25
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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...icon_eek.gif—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...











post #2 of 25

Looks great, The MIL should be happy. icon14.gif

post #3 of 25

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



post #4 of 25

Perfect.  I'd hold one out to wear around my neck.Looks-Great.gifBetter than perfect.

post #5 of 25

Wow that looks great

post #6 of 25

Kevin, evenin'...........Kielbasa is soo good...........Homemade would be awesome..........one 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. 241.png


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

Edited by DaveOmak - 8/19/11 at 6:16pm
post #7 of 25

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM...........Great job!!


post #8 of 25

Looks damn good!!! The only thing that's missing is a cold brew and a tad bit of mustard!  drool.gif

post #9 of 25

Please ignore... Double post...


Still looks good though!

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post #11 of 25

Oh, that looks good.

post #12 of 25

good lord 10 pounds for the weekend.......you aren't planning on sharing are you?  nice pics....sausssssaagggeeess  look delicious  points.gif

post #13 of 25

Horseradish!  Not "mustard".

post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by JAK757 View Post







...oh and I'll take either horseradish or mustard. I'm easy.

post #15 of 25
Originally Posted by Kielbasa Kid View Post

Horseradish!  Not "mustard".

I've never tried Kielbasa with horseradish and I apologize for my ignorance sorry.gif.

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...




post #16 of 25

that looks wonderful.  cut me a piece to sample!!!!

post #17 of 25

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

post #18 of 25

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

post #19 of 25

Great looking Kielbasa!



post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 

"Kielbasa Still Life"...perfect for the discriminating art gallery. biggrin.gif



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