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Garlic Sausage

by Victor @ Taste of Artisan

The dominant flavor in this sausage is garlic, hence the name, garlic sausage. This is another great official Polish government recipe published in 1959, similar to Krakow sausage I posted about earlier.

Smoked garlic sausage hanging on a stick.

This sausage has a very good ratio of lean meat and fat, and the grind favors chunky texture, which I like a lot. The seasonings are subtle, even the garlic is not as noticeable as you would assume, given that this is garlic sausage after all.

Overall, this sausage comes very close to my all time favorite (swojska) Polish kielbasa, making it a close second.

Raw sausages handing on sticks in a smokehouse.

I used pork butt, beef chuck and pork back fat to make the sausage. You don’t need to use these specific cuts but I find that pork shoulder works really well in this recipe. After butchering a boneless shoulder I picked up at Costco, I ended up with about 42% class II (up to 30% fat) and 58% class I (up to 10% fat) pork, about the ratios required in this recipe. The official recipe allows for some variance, so you can use a little less class I and a little more class II pork and vice versa.

Coils of sausage smoking in a smokehouse, smoke coming out the door.

The smoking wood I used in this recipe is hickory and cherry. This combination provides a nice color, and a sweet, smoky flavor. I made a double batch, and decided to dry half of the sausage for a week in an unheated room, which is right now about 50F – 60F, 75% RH. The smell there is so good that I can hardly resist not breaking a piece of sausage off and devouring it.

Smokehouse full of garlic sausage.

I finished cooking the sausage by poaching, as per the official recipe. Regardless, poaching is now my preferred finishing method as it’s easy, predictable and quick. Sure, some color is lost but the skin doesn’t harden, and that’s a big plus too.

Whole and pieces of sliced garlic sausage on a table, with sliced bread and vegetables.

Smoked garlic sausage hanging on a stick.

Garlic Sausage

Smoked garlic sausage made according to the original 1959 Polish government recipe.
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Course: Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Eastern European
Keyword: garlic sausage
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Curing time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Victor


  • 800 g lean pork class I, no more than 10% fat
  • 500 g pork class II, no more than 30% fat
  • 600 g beef class I or II, no more than 10% - 30% fat
  • 500 g back fat or pork belly
  • 30 g kosher salt
  • 5 g Cure #1
  • 5 g black pepper coarsely ground
  • 5 g garlic
  • 1.25 g coriander
  • 2.5 g paprika
  • 4 g marjoram


  • Cut the meat, and the back fat, into 2" (5-6 cm) pieces, mix with the salt and Cure #1. Place in a container, cover and refrigerate for 48 hours.
  • Grind the lean pork (class I) through a stuffing plate, pork class II and back fat through a 3/8" (10 mm), and beef through a 1/8" (3 mm) grinder plate. Ground beef can be emulsified, but it's not necessary. If emulsifying, add the seasonings at this stage.
  • Mix the ground meats, with the seasonings, adding a cup of ice water.
  • Stuff into beef rounds 1 1/2" (40 mm) or more, and tie with a butcher's twine. Prick any visible air pockets with a needle.
  • Dry for about 60 minutes in the smoker at about 110F - 130F without smoke.
  • Smoke at around 130F - 140F for 2 hours, until the casings develop brown color with a red tint. You may have to re-arrange smoke sticks during smoking to achieve even color.
  • Poach at 161F - 165F for 25 - 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 154F -158F.
  • Shower with cold water for about 5 min, then let cool down and dry.
  • Store in a refrigerator.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg


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Spurwing Plover January 20, 2020 - 4:21 am

My Grandpa made Garlic sausage never used sage when it was tried ina pan it would poke pout and each end

Jerry November 19, 2019 - 3:17 pm

That sausage makes my mouth water.

Jean November 19, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Could I replace the pork with duck breast and fat? (Health reasons I had to eliminate a few things from my diet)

Victor @ Taste of Artisan November 19, 2019 - 2:01 pm

Duck meat and fat have a different texture so you will need to adjust the ratios and the grind. Target 10% fat to 90% meat. I grind the meat through a 3/16” plate (5 mm), grind partially frozen fat through a 1/8” (3 mm) plate. Rest can be the same.