Smoked Kielbasa with Rice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


6 servings

Updated: Mar. 05, 2023
With a little bit of zip and just the right amount of smokiness, this kielbasa and rice 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, Texas
Smoked Kielbasa with Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.

Can you freeze Smoked Kielbasa with Rice?

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; add water if necessary. Serve with rice.

Smoked Kielbasa and Rice Tips

How do you know when the kielbasa is done cooking?

Kielbasa available in grocery stores these days are precooked, which is why you commonly see "smoked" or "cured" on the packaging. For food safety, use this food-safe test kitchen cooking guide to cook kielbasa to a safe temperature.

How else can you make kielbasa and rice your own?

Use your own homemade barbecue sauce or dijon mustard in place of prepared horseradish. You can also vary the protein and try this with chicken or smoked turkey sausage instead.

What can you serve with kielbasa and rice?

Any of your favorite vegetable side dishes make a great partner to this kielbasa and rice. These Syrian green beans with fresh herbs or this carrot puree will help round out the meal.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 586 calories, 42g fat (15g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 2052mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.