PL: Kiełbasa z grilla / z rożna
It’s getting warmer and the grilling season has officially begun. It’s time to take our BBQ equipment out, cracking open cold beers and invite our family and friends!
Here’s my recipe for a perfect barbecue party:
Let the meats & sides be plentiful, but let them be simple. After all, we want to have fun and not spend ages in the kitchen meticulously prepping the food, right?
Fun fact: In Poland, we kick off the bbq/picnic season during Majówka (pronounced: my-oof-kah). It’s a long May weekend: the 1st (Labour Day) and 3rd of May (Constitution Day) are public holidays.
Many of us take the 2nd of May as a day off as well. This way – if we’re lucky – we get a nice, long break.
There are certain well-loved classics that everyone expects to see at a summer party and one of them is our beloved grilled Polish sausage.
How to Select the Best Polish Sausage for Grilling?
While you could go for a fresh sausage, smoked kiełbasa is a more popular choice. It has already been cooked, so you don’t have to worry about cooking the meat to a certain temperature. Our only goal is to heat it through and give it a nice char.
Ideally, it’s best to buy high quality kiełbasa at a trusted butcher’s. That way we know that it’s fresh and sourced locally.
While it would be amazing to shop at a speciality meat store every day, that’s often not realistic. So if you’re heading to your local supermarket or a Polish store, keep these things in mind:
- Look at the price. If it’s suspiciously low, it means the meat content is low as well and it’s full of nasty artificial adjectives. In Poland, aim at a price point of 20-25 złoty per kilo.
- Natural sausage casing is preferred.
- Read the label! Kiełbasa shouldn’t be too lean or too fatty – which is why pork sausages fit the bill the best. Those with some added veal are great too. Aim for 20 % fat content (or a bit more).
- Popular sausage choices for grilling are: śląska, toruńska, podwawelska, rzeszowska, biała.
Once we have the sausages ready, we can start grilling!
How to Grill Kiełbasa?
Should you prick the sausages before cooking them? Or cut a slit every inch or two? The jury is still out:
Most pro chefs would discourage you from pricking sausages. This practice makes them too hard and dry.
On the other hand – almost everyone does the exact opposite, and the sausages are still delicious! If you enjoy a crispy kiełbasa, go on and make a few slit cuts before placing it on a grill.
Next, transfer them onto a hot barbecue (over a moderate heat). Since the sausages are smoked and already cooked through, they’ll need only a couple of minutes on a grill. It’s enough to get a light char and golden colour on the outside.
What To Serve With Grilled Kiełbasa?
They’re the staple sides you can never go wrong with, such as a Potato Salad, corn on the cob or dill pickles.
In terms of dips, mustard and ketchup fits the bill. Sauces based on garlic or horseradish are also great.
Should you happen to have any leftovers (though if you have hungry guests, you probably won’t :-P), keep them! Chop the kiełbasa into pieces and throw it into scrambled eggs for breakfast or toss it into pasta for lunch the next day.
Smaczego & enjoy your majówka!
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