How To Make Homemade Kielbasa - Recipe
How To Make Homemade Kielbasa
Learn how to make homemade Kielbasa with Walton's and Meatgistics. Read the guide and then post your questions or comments below.
What is Kielbasa?
Kielbasa is polish for sausage. It is typically stuffed into a non-edible collagen casing that is removed after smoking or a large diameter hog casing. The seasoning and flavor normally has a stronger than average garlic flavor and is shaped into a ring. It can be eaten whole or sliced and cut into smaller chunks to serve as part of a larger dish or casserole. Kielbasa is typically made from pork, but may also contain beef, poultry, or even wild game.
7.5 lb 85/15 Lean Beef
8.75 lb 80/20 Lean Pork
8.75 lb 50/50 Pork Trim
Grind pork trim through 3/16in grinder plate, twice
Grind lean beef and pork through 1/8in grinder plate
Begin mixing lean meats first. While mixing add Seasoning, Sure Gel Meat Binder (or Soy Protein Blend), Sure Cure, and Ice Cold Water. Mix for 5 minutes. Add ground pork trim and mix for an additional 3 minutes, for a total of 8 minutes of mixing time
You may substitute other meats besides pork and beef and if you cannot keep the lean and fat separated during mixing you can still mix everything together at one time. Try to keep your lean to fat ratio around 70/30.
If you do not use a cure accelerator like Smoked Meat Stabilizer, then hold in a refrigerator for approximately 12 hours or overnight
120F for 30 minutes
130F for 30 minutes (start adding smoke now and throughout entire cook cycle)
140F for 30 minutes
150F for 30 minutes
160F for 30 minutes
170F until internal meat temperature of 160F
Shower final product or place in a ice water bath for 10-20 minutes to set the casings and cool the product
Place a small pan of water in the bottom of smokehouse during entire cooking cycle to help increase humidity
If your smoker, smokehouse, or oven cannot reach temperatures as low as 120F, just start as low as possible and slowly increase the temperature over time
Last night I went through the cleaning procedure and I couldn’t be happier with the ease of the process. Remove grates, scrape the heat shield with a metal spatula and vacuum the ashes and debris underneath. It only took a few minutes and there was an astonishingly small amount of ash. After two weeks of almost daily grilling and going through 20 lbs or more of pellets the total accumulation was around one cup of ash. The pellets burn so efficiently that there is little to no residual.
@Jonathon I have used them many times and I’ve always noticed a distinct cedar character although that depends on the temps you are cooking at. To get the most of it I will soak in water for a bit and cook over pretty high temps…the wood should scorch and smolder a little bit. I’ve had a few catch on fire. lol.
When it came to cooking on the Pit Boss I wanted as low and slow as I could get away with. Due to the the size of the fish I figured the cedar would shield against any hot spots I might have and slow down the cooking process as much as possible. I doubt there was much if any of the cedar that was picked up by the salmon although I didn’t eat much of the side that was resting on the plank. The pellets I was using were apple.
@Joe-Hell Do you often cook on planks? I have tried it a time or two and never noticed a difference. Is it only supposed to be used for heat shielding?