This easy, hassle-free smoked kielbasa recipe requires less than two hours to cook and zero prep time. It is an excellent recipe for your first time using a smoker grill. 

It costs approximately $8.99 to make this recipe. The recipe makes four servings and costs around $2.24 per serving.

Smoked Kielbasa on a wood serving board with sauerkraut, baked beans, and spicy brown mustard.

Smoked Kielbasa Recipe

I love kielbasa because it’s so versatile. The best way to serve it is up to you. You can have it for breakfast, dinner, or game day snacks. This smoked kielbasa recipe is no different; it makes a great appetizer. 

If you’ve ever wondered how to smoke kielbasa, it’s extremely simple, especially when you use the pre-cooked type, as my recipe does. While you can make your own kielbasa or buy uncooked kielbasa for something like this, pre-cooked meat from the store tastes just as good. It’s also quicker! Plus, if it’s already smoked, smoking it again will double up the flavor.

Serve up smoked kielbasa as the main dish next to sides, like potato pancakes or an easy cucumber salad. It also works as a side dish itself, which you can pair with an egg dish for breakfast or pasta for dinner. 

What You’ll Love About Smoked Kielbasa:

  • Minimal Ingredients: This amazing recipe requires only one ingredient- smoked kielbasa- to make. It does not get easier than that. 
  • Quick and Easy: The next time you need a simple dinner on a busy weeknight, this is the perfect recipe. There is no prep time before getting kielbasa on the smoker grill. 
  • Flavor: Smoking meat infuses an irresistible smoky flavor into the meat’s natural flavors, taking a plain dish to the next level. This great recipe will quickly become one of your favorite recipes.

Smoked Kielbasa Ingredients and Estimated Cost:

Per Serving Cost: $2.24

Recipe Cost: $8.99

  • 16 oz Kielbasa precooked sausage (I like Boar’s Head) – $8.99

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in January 2024.

The ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Smoke Kielbasa:

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

  • Set up your smoker temp to 225°F and preheat it.
  • Meanwhile, remove the kielbasa sausage from its packaging.

Three kielbasa sausages on a wood cutting board.

  • Clean the grill grates, then place the sausage directly onto the grates. Smoke it for 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. (Use a digital thermometer at the thickest part of the sausage, as always.)

A picture collage showing how to smoke kielbasa, it shows what it looks like before and after smoking.

  • Remove the sausage from the smoker and serve with your favorite sides, or slice it and add it to a snacking platter!

A piece of the finished Smoked Kielbasa recipe dipped into sauce.

Recipe Variations:

  • I use a wood pellet grill for this recipe. More specifically, this recipe assumes you have a Traeger smoker/grill. I highly recommend Mesquite or signature blend wood pellets.
  • Serve smoked kielbasa as the main dish alongside sides, like potato pancakes or an easy cucumber salad, for a complete meal. It also works as a side dish itself, which you can pair with an egg dish for breakfast or pasta for dinner. It will also work well in a soup or a breakfast burrito.

Smoked Kielbasa Recipe Storage Tips:

SERVE: This is a smoker recipe you can serve immediately when it’s done. It’s great as a side or main dish.

STORE: Store leftover kielbasa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

FREEZE: With a proper container, kielbasa should remain fresh in the freezer for about three months.

Smoked Kielbasa Recipe FAQs:

What is kielbasa?

Kielbasa is a Polish sausage generally made with cured pork meat, pork fat, and spices like marjoram and garlic. The exact composition may vary, but if you like sausage, you’ll love kielbasa. And if you like smoked sausage, you’ll adore smoked kielbasa.

How long does it take to cook smoked kielbasa?

Amazingly, this recipe only takes 1.5 hours. It’s wonderful if you need or want a (relatively) quick smoked meal!

Can you use uncooked/homemade kielbasa?

Yes, although, of course, it’ll be longer to prep and cook. I recommend finding a recipe specifically for making and smoking homemade sausage, just in case!

Can you use a baste or sauce on smoked kielbasa?

Absolutely. Brushing on your favorite BBQ sauce about 15 minutes before the kielbasa is done will result in a delicious caramelized outer layer of sauce. Use your favorite brand! Spicy sauces also taste great on kielbasa, and if you lack a spicy sauce, throw red pepper flakes or cayenne into a regular BBQ.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes enough for four servings of smoked kielbasa, depending on portion size. However, it’s easy to double, triple, etc.

A plate of smoked kielbasa pieces, baked beans, sauerkraut, and mustard.

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An overhead picture of the finished Smoked Kielbasa recipe on a wood cutting board.
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Smoked Kielbasa

Recipe Cost $ $8.99
Serving Cost $ $2.24
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
4 people
Kielbasa is amazing by itself, but smoking it on a grill? Heavenly! This easy, no-hassle smoked kielbasa recipe takes less than two hours to cook and has zero prep time.

Equipment

  • Smoker grill

Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 oz Kielbasa sausage precooked (I like Boar’s Head)

Instructions

PREP SMOKER:

  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F.

SMOKE SAUSAGE:

  • Remove the Kielbasa sausage from its packaging.
  • Place the sausage directly onto the grates and smoke for 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

TO FINISH:

  • Remove the sausage from the smoker, serve with your favorite sides or slice, and add to a snacking platter.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 269mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg

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