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Homemade Swojska Polish Kielbasa

Course: dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: kielbasa, Polish kielbasa, Polish smoked sausage recipe, smoked kielbasa
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Drying: 3 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 sausages
Calories: 735kcal
Author: Vic Vitaly
A recipe for one of the best homemade Polish kielbasa.
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Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 lbs pork butt
  • 1 lb beef chuck
  • 1 lb pork belly (or back fat)
  • 3 garlic cloves (large, pressed)
  • 2 tsp dried marjoram (heaping)
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper (heaping)
  • 36 g kosher salt (plus more to taste, if needed)
  • 6 1/2 g Cure #1 (see notes)
  • 1 cup ice water

Instructions

  • Grind pork, beef and pork belly/back fat on a medium size plate, 4.5mm (3/16") - 6mm (1/4").
  • Add the ice water, all of the spices and mix well.
  • Stuff into small size hog casings (28-32mm), tie into rings and hang to dry at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat smoker to 160-165F.
  • Hang sausages in the smoker and apply smoke for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove sausages once the internal temperature has reached 152F. If the internal temperature is not rising too well after 3-4 hours of smoking, raise the temperature to 170F-175F.  You may have to go to 190F if necessary.
  • Cool the sausage down and store in a refrigerator or a freezer.
    Cooling can be achieved by placing sausage in an ice bath to cool it down quickly. It with result in a fuller, more plump product.
    Alternatively, you may let the sausage cool down at room temperature and then refrigerate. This will result in the sausage less plump and slightly wrinkled, but this this is my preferred method. Ice water bath removes smoke residue from surface making the sausage less smoky in flavor and pale in color.
    A reader suggested another effective cooling technique - placing the sausage flat on a cool surface, like a counter top. 

Notes

Cure #1, also called pink salt #1 or Prague Powder is available from local sausage supply stores or online, for example here: Hoosier Hill Farm Prague Powder Curing Salt. Make sure it is Cure #1, not #2. Cure #2 is used for making dry cured meats and sausages, like salami, sopressata and similar.

Nutrition

Calories: 735kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 1975mg | Potassium: 1169mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4.7mg