Barbecued Kielbasa On The Grill

September 8th, 2008 by Jeff in General Cooking


Now that we have moved back to upstate New York, I find myself eating more and more kielbasa.  It seems to be everywhere up here and I really have not had it for a long time.  Not being a huge saur kraut fan, I try to find different ways to make it, but most recipes are rather plain for my tastes.  I decided to try and barbecue it and wow, I am glad I did!

Kielbasa is a polish sausage and the flavor is rather salty with a hint of heat way in the back.  These mild flavors makes it a rather versatile sausage.  I am really surpised at the lack of recipes for it.  Almost all of the ones I searched for included some sort of slow cooking process (usually in a crockpot) but nothing for barbecuing on the grill.  Well, let me tell you, we raved over this!


  • 2 large kielbasa links (about 2 pounds).
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced.
  • Oil infused garlic olive oil (extra virgin) OR regular extra virgin olive oil with a teaspoon of minced and crushed garlic.
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade and gelatinous).
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon honey.
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (chipotle if you can).
  • 1/4 cup ketchup.
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper.

In a small sauce pan on low heat, add enough of the olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8 of an inch.  Add the onions and cook slowly for about 15 minutes until soft.  Add the chicken stock and turn the heat up to medium high.  Reduce by about 75%.

Reduce heat to low.  Stir in the honey, brown sugar, mustard, hot sauce, and ketchup.  Add some salt and pepper and then balance out the sauce by taste testing it.  If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar, tangier, add more mustard, etc..  Much of this depends on the sugar you are using, ketchup, onion, etc..  Once your satisfied, remove from heat and let cool for about 5-10 minutes and firm up.

Preheat your grill to high and once it is ready, throw the links on.  You just want to get some grill marks here and not much more.  About 3 minutes on each side.

Reduce the heat to medium low and brush on some of the barbecue sauce then cover grill.  In 3-5 minutes, brush on some more and cover the grill.  In another 3-5 minutes FLIP the sausages and brush and cover two more times then flip.  Repeat this process about 4-5 times and then remove from the grill.

Slice the kielbasa diagnally and serve!


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