Kielbasa Recipe: Kielbasa in Beer

Kielbasa cooked in beer

Finished kielbasa
Finished kielbasa | Source

Kielbasa sausage recipes are all over the place. Kielbasa sausage (kielbasa means sausage in Polish) is originally from Poland but its become popular in the United States. It is also popular in other countries such as Lithuania. It's a spicy sausage made of pork and spices. It can be boiled, broiled, barbecued or baked. Actually kielbasa is only one type of Polish sausage though in America we mostly think of it as just kielbasa and when you buy it under that label it is pretty much the same.

According to

In Poland, kielbasa can be served with fried onions, and—in the form of small pieces, Kielbasa can be served hot, boiled, baked or grilled. It can be cooked in soups (such as biały barszcz , kapuśniak, or grochówka), baked or cooked with sauerkraut , or added to bean dishes, stews (notably bigos , the Polish national dish), and casseroles . Kielbasa is also very popular served cold as a coldcut on a platter, usually as an appetizer for traditional Polish parties.

Okay so now you know about kielbasa but that's not why you came to read this hub. You came to find the kielbasa cooked in beer recipe and so you shall. This is an easy recipe to prepare and total cook time is about one hour. Since I copied this recipe from the Internet long ago I'm not sure of the exact time...I use my own judgment and as you read the recipe you'll see why and how.


  • 2 pkgs. kielbasa, Johnsville, Hillshire Famrs, or any brand
  • 1 medium sized onion, more or less to taste
  • 1 can beer, any kind will do
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, again, you can adjust to taste

Sliced kielbasa and onions

Kielbasa sliced in chunks
Kielbasa sliced in chunks | Source
Kielbasa and onions
Kielbasa and onions | Source


  1. First quarter onions and separate slices
  2. Cut kielbasa into chunk sized slices
  3. Brown kielbasa and onion together, turning to insure even browning
  4. Mix beer and brown sugar...use a container larger than the amount of beer as it will foam when the sugar is added
  5. When kielbasa is browned add beer and brown sugar mixture
  6. Cover and cook for ten minutes
  7. Uncover and cook for another ten're ready to serve
  8. When you add the beer mixture if you'd like you can add cut-up potatoes as well.

Cooking kielbasa

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Beer with brown sugar addedKielbasa and onions with beer and brown sugar addedKielbasa dish cooking with cover
Beer with brown sugar added
Beer with brown sugar added | Source
Kielbasa and onions with beer and brown sugar added
Kielbasa and onions with beer and brown sugar added | Source
Kielbasa dish cooking with cover
Kielbasa dish cooking with cover | Source

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Delicious, premium cuts of pork are combined with Johnsonville’s blend of garlic and black pepper that is sure to make your traditional family favorite recipe even better!

  • For freshness, keep refrigerated and use by the date stamped on the package. Opened packages should be consumed within 7 days, or freeze no longer than 30 days.
  • Kielbasa is dairy free
  • Kielbasa is made with gluten free products
  • Pan frying kielbasa: Cut sausage into 1/2 inch slices and add to non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook 6-9 minutes, turning frequently.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it's delicious results. Since I began preparing kielbasa this way my family won't eat it any other way. You can serve it over rice or potatoes or come up with your own combination!

Comments and/or suggestions are always welcome.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

We're Polish and we love our kielbasa. I've never had it cooked like this, in beer and sugar. Will definitely be trying this one.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I love Kielbasa! I'm not very creative, though. I only knew to pan it until I read this recipe. Now, I'll try your idea of cooking it in beer and sugar!

Thanks. I voted this UP, and will share.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

All I can say Sally is, my husband loves it!

Thanks Mary. Hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know.

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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sounds delicious and I'm sure Bob would love it. I'll have to use Shiner Bock beer, of course.

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Ach mein Gott! MmmmmmmMmmmmmm! Reminds of my days at my grandmothers house!

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brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

This looks delicious! I love kielbasa! I will actually be spending several weeks in Poland this summer. I look forward to trying every dish you mentioned with Polish sausage.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....YUMMY! Yes, I'm READING a recipe hub! I told you I'd read anything you write!

btw....I'm going through an HP "glitch" of some frustrating. Apparently there are quite of few of us....but I am not receiving email notifications from HP....NONE ! Zero! obviously, I'm having to hunt and track for hubs and comments, etc........if I miss something you wrote.....ring my bell!!

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ellebyam 4 years ago from North and South Poles

This is an interesting twist on cooking kielbasa and I am going to try it on my own homemade kielbasa. Running to my kitchen now.... Thank you for sharing and will share this too. Voting all the way up!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Austinstar, Shiner Bock beer sounds good!

Danka Schoen Born2care...glad I brought back some memories!

Effer, you haven't missed a one or no email. I would never presume to tell you how to cook ;) but as they told Mikey, "Try it, you'll like it."

Ellebyam I am impressed that you make your own kielbasa, my Lithuanian girlfriend's mother did too! Thanks for the vote.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This sounds like a great alternative to the usual way these kielbasa are made in Wisconsin, especially on a rainy day. They're grilling favorites up there this time of year, with or without beer -- of course they're always served with beer in WI. WI has a lot of German and Polish people.

Voted up and useful! Will share.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Hope you enjoy Au fait. It's good on a cold winter night too!

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I thought i was the only onethat cooked my kielbasa sausage in beer..i love this i never used brown sugar but i will now...debbie

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Definitely this recipe is like a gift from a good Polish friend. The beer just kept us interested. Not that we drink, but wanted to see the final dish with onions and all. As debbie stated, the brown sugar must give a tangy flavor to this recipe. Thanks for sharing Mary!

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania


This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us! I am bookmarking and sharing!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I know if you try it Josh you'll like it, honest. Everyone does.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

For whatever reason some of my comments don't show up in notifications but then show up later in comments...that's what happened with yours Deborah and Lord.

A lot more people are cooking a lot more dishes in beer Deborah I guess brown sugar helps offset the taste (I can't eat because of gluten). I may not be Polish Lord, but consider it from a friend!

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I have kielbasa and had been thinking I need to cook it. It's in the freezer. We have always boiled it in beer but this sounds like another good way to do it. Maybe I'll try it your way. Voted Up.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Well Moonlake, I may have to try it your way too! That's what's so great about the comments section..we learn so much from each other! I'm really glad you stopped by, thanks.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

This looks so good! I had never heard of it before, but the added taste of the beer and sugar will make it totally unusual, so yes I am going to try it, thanks! voted up! cheers nell

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Hope you like it Nell, something a little different. Have a good one!

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

YUM! tillsontitan! :) We love kielbasa! So far, I've 1.sauteed it with onions and peppers for fajitas, 2. grilled it up with squash (my 5 year old's favorite), 3. tossed it in an omelet, 4. chucked it into my gumbo & jambalaya, and 5. tossed it with angel hair pasta with broccoli, onions and mushrooms. I always keep a couple in the freezer for some quick meals! Love this new way to fix it and will be trying it! Thank you!!! VUMS!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks TT...sounds like you have lots of recipes for kielbasa...glad I could add to your collection. Thanks for the votes!!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You had me at beer :) This recipe sounds wonderful and I'll be trying it soon.

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Entourage_007 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

I shall be starting off my weekend with this recipe. THanks for sharing this - I have never had kielbasa before

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

sounds soooo good!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Glad I could draw you in Susan ;)

Entourage you're in for a treat!

Shea, I believe it is good.

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

I cook steamers in bock beer... nice flavor addition!

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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Being a nice Polish boy that I am?... Kielbasa is one of the major food groups... Although I prefer the fresh Kielbasa that hasn't been smoked?.. This sounds so good that I will be making a concession just for this... *smiles*, and thanks you!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Beer seems to be a good thing to cook with Shea.

Ah CriticalMessage, you can't go wrong with beer ;)

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

Anything that combines sausages and beer has got to be ok lol. Nice twist on the tradition, beer and coke are actually great for cooking.

Shared, up, awesome, pinned, tweeted and useful.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Brett...I can tell you the finished results of this recipe always gets compliments! Appreciate the sharing.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This recipe sounds good and taste. I printed the recipe and will try it out.

Thank you.

Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Among other things kielbasa speaks my language. Love this sausage. Thanks for this terrific recipe and passing it on.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does Writer!

You are most welcome Gypsy...enjoy!

Gisy 4 years ago

I taste it and love it! I don't want frankfurters any more lol! Someone could answer me if is there any problem to freezing the sausages left uncooked after one day that I opened the pack?

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm not a dietician or food expert, but I don't see why not. Thanks Gisy, for trying this recipe and know that I'm glad you enjoyed.

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