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Smoked Kielbasa with Rice

With a little bit of zip and just the right amount of smokiness, this sausage-and-rice medley is an easy way to please the gang. Omit the rice and serve the sausage pieces as an appetizer with toothpicks. Nicole Jackson - El Paso, TX
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a Dutch oven, saute the kielbasa, onion and bacon until onion is tender; drain. Add the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, horseradish, water, garlic and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Place cooled individual portions in freezer containers without rice. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; heat through, gently stirring and adding a water if necessary. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 586 calories, 42g fat (15g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 2052mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Jul 19, 2016

    This was SOOOO easy to make and delicious too! My husband raved about it. I used Polish sausage, and actually baked it instead. Then sauteed the onion and bacon in a little canola oil. I threw the sausage in when I added the sauce. For the sauce, I used hickory smoked BBQ sauce instead of honey and I think it actually made it taste better. It balance out the sweetness of the brown sugar really well. I also omitted the red pepper flakes (I can't eat anything spicy). Served it over rice with a side of steamed broccoli. Delicious!!!

  • ealvey1228
    Aug 21, 2015

    I made this for my husband and I this week and it was absolutely amazing!!! I served it over white rice and had a side of asparagus. I fried my bacon first and set it aside, then fried the onions and sausage (I used turkey sausage. You couldn't tell the difference) in the bacon drippings until they were caramelized. I then added the sauce and seasonings and reduced it down as directed. Once it was reduced I crumbled up the bacon and added it just before serving (so it would still be crunchy). It was very easy and I had most of the ingredients in my fridge or pantry. I'm probably going to make it next week too!

  • wunsagin
    Jul 5, 2014

    I have made this several times, I cut the brown sugar in half and it is plenty sweet. Tonight I doubled the sauce, still halved the brown sugar and made it with chicken wings.. it was the best chicken we've ever hadI!! I will make it this way from now on.

  • Stevensusie
    Jan 25, 2014

    Followed the recipe here step by step, didn't omit or add anything, and it was rather tasty ! We will try other variations I the future, but at first try I give it five stats.

  • Lynnette68
    Jun 10, 2011

    Very good flavor, just the right amount of "kick".

  • ym_rodriguez
    Apr 19, 2011

    My kids love this! We don't really care for the horseradish though. It is still very good without it!

  • valanddansmith
    Feb 6, 2011

    Delicious!!! I didn't really think the bacon would add a whole lot to the dish (since kielbasa is so full of flavor), so I left it out. I may add it the next time I make it...

  • mielsu
    Jan 13, 2011

    Very good. I omitted the brown sugar; thought the sauce didn't need it.

  • slbastress
    Jun 29, 2010

    The entire family loved this one!

  • hrw485
    Jan 9, 2010

    We love this recipe. My husband says it reminds him of General Tso's Chicken from the local takeout; in fact, we sometimes substitute chicken and add broccoli.