Delicious Kielbasa in Beer Sauce Recipe

Welcome to a mouthwatering recipe that will knock your socks off! This recipe is one of my favorites and I am thrilled to share it with you. Imagine juicy and succulent kielbasa sausages coated in a finger-licking beer sauce that explodes with flavors. You might be asking yourself, why does this dish sound so good? Well, let me tell you, this is not just any ordinary recipe. It’s a recipe crafted out of the finest ingredients and seasoned to perfection.

Whether you are looking for a lazy Sunday brunch or a quick weekday meal, this recipe is your go-to solution. The delicious aromas emanating from your kitchen will be irresistible, and trust me when I say, that you’ll want to make this recipe over and over again. So buckle up and get ready to learn how to make the best kielbasa sausage beer sauce recipe ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kielbasa In Beer Sauce
Kielbasa In Beer Sauce

Are you craving for some mouth-watering Kielbasa and looking for a recipe that is both easy to prepare and tastes flavorful? Look no further than this Kielbasa in Beer Sauce recipe! This recipe combines the rich, savory flavor of kielbasa with the smooth notes of beer to create a dish that will leave your taste buds dancing.

One reason you’ll love this recipe is that it is effortless to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this meal in no time. All you need are the ingredients 2 lbs of kielbasa sausage, 1 cup of beer, water, 1 large onion, 1/2 cup brown sugar, Dijon mustard, cornstarch, vinegar and seasonings. Combine all the ingredients in a pot or slow cooker, bring them together and let them simmer till they are cooked to your desired taste. The result is an irresistible feast that everyone will love.

This recipe offers variety with its variations as well. You can adjust the flavors according to your preference by adding more or less of certain spices like horseradish or mustard. You can also try different types of beers or substitute kielbasa for other sausages like smoked sausage or bratwurst – this recipe is flexible and allows you the chance to experiment!

Moreover, the versatility of Kielbasa in Beer Sauce makes it perfect for any occasion. Be it summer barbecues or game day parties – this dish is sure to be a standout hit on the table. Pair it with some crusty bread and coleslaw or make it into a pasta dish with some beer cheese sauce or cheddar soup.

So what are you waiting for? The ingredients are easy to find, instructions are simple to follow and results are guaranteed delicious – all thanks to this fantastic Kielbasa in Beer Sauce recipe!

Ingredient List

 Juicy kielbasa sizzling in the beer sauce.
Juicy kielbasa sizzling in the beer sauce.

Get Ready to Cook With These Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Kielbasa Sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large Onion, sliced

Beer Sauce:

  • 1 cup Beer
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch

Mustard Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup beer mustard
  • 3 tbsp Horseradish
  • 3 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar

Other Ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper, to season.

In this recipe, the ingredients are the star of the show. We will use kielbasa sausage as the main meat in combination with a beer sauce and mustard sauce. If you are looking to add an extra flavor to your dish, this recipe can be made with other types of sausages such as polish sausage or smoked sausage.

The Recipe How-To

 This kielbasa in beer sauce recipe is a game-changer.
This kielbasa in beer sauce recipe is a game-changer.

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s dive into the recipe how-to. To begin with, brown the kielbasa sausage in a hot pan over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until it develops a nice crust. Once done, transfer it to your slow cooker.

Making the Beer Sauce

For the beer sauce, combine 1 cup of beer, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of horseradish in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir everything together until the brown sugar melts and the mixture comes to a boil.

Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Next, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a little water (about ¼ cup) and add it to the beer sauce. Turn up the heat slightly and whisk until the sauce thickens.

Braising Kielbasas in Beer Sauce

After making the beer sauce, pour it into your slow cooker over the sausage. Add in 1 large sliced onion for an extra burst of flavor. Season everything with salt and pepper and give it a good stir.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours depending on your preference. The longer you cook it, the more tender and flavorful the sausage will be.

Serving and Pairing

When you’re ready to serve, place the sausages on a plate or platter with some of that delicious beer sauce spooned over them. You can garnish them with a sprinkle of parsley or chives for added color.

This dish goes great with some roasted potatoes or buttered noodles as side dishes to soak up all that delicious sauce. A bottle of your favorite brew would be perfect if you’d like to wash down those hearty flavors.

There you have it – our very own beer-braised kielbasa recipe! Hopefully these easy-to-follow instructions make cooking this dish fun and hassle-free, even for novice cooks. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Substitutions and Variations

 Give your taste buds a treat with this kielbasa in beer sauce.
Give your taste buds a treat with this kielbasa in beer sauce.

Well, folks, if you’re looking to personalize your Kielbasa in Beer Sauce Recipe, I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make this recipe your own. Here are a few variations and substitutions you can try out:

1. Sauerkraut: Add some sauerkraut to the mix for a tangy twist. Just toss in 3 cups of sauerkraut with the sausage and beer sauce and let it cook as usual.

2. Bratwurst: If you’re not a fan of Kielbasa, swap it out for some bratwurst instead. You can either slice them lengthwise or leave them whole.

3. Beer Cheese Soup: Feeling adventurous? Use beer cheese soup instead of beer to create a rich and creamy sauce that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

4. Pasta: This one’s for all the carb-lovers out there. Make this recipe even heartier by serving it over pasta, like elbow macaroni or penne.

5. Brown Sugar: Swap out the brown sugar for honey or maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter flavor profile.

6. Cheese Sauce: Make your meal even more decadent by adding a cheese sauce made from cheddar soup or any other type of cheese you like.

One important thing to keep in mind is that the cooking time may vary depending on which substitutions you choose, so make sure to keep an eye on the dish while it simmers away in the slow cooker.

Remember, cooking should be fun and experimental, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and add your own twist to this fantastic recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Quick, easy and delicious: Try this kielbasa recipe today!
Quick, easy and delicious: Try this kielbasa recipe today!

If you’re looking for a dish that is hearty, flavorful and pairs well with a wide variety of sides, then kielbasa in beer sauce is the perfect recipe for you. Whether you plan on eating this meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are plenty of options for what to pair alongside your delicious sausage and sauce.

Firstly, if you’re in the mood for some comfort food, then try serving your kielbasa with warm mashed potatoes. Alternatively, you could opt for roasted garlic mashed potatoes or even cheesy potato gratin. The rich flavor of the dish perfectly complements the creaminess of these sides.

If you want to go for something lighter, then why not try some roasted veggies like carrots or Brussels sprouts? The sweetness of the vegetables pairs perfectly with the savory flavor of the kielbasa and its beer sauce. You could also serve this with a simple green salad or steamed broccoli.

For those who prefer something tangy and acidic, sauerkraut is an absolute must-try. The sourness of sauerkraut is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the kielbasa, while its texture adds depth and complexity to the overall dish.

Finally, let’s talk about drinks. A nice cold beer is an obvious pairing choice – choose a lager or pilsner to locally source with sausage. The Commodore Perry IPA will work as well because it has a beautifully aromatic nose which brings out the richness of kielbasa’s flavor. For non-alcoholic options, sweet tea or lemonade can work surprisingly well too.

You can also switch up this recipe and take it in many different directions based on your palette’s preferences – add some horseradish or Dijon mustard to make it spicier; serve your kielbasa sliced over egg noodles with extra sauce; or try topping your dish with caramelized onions to give it an added layer of sweetness.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this kielbasa in beer sauce is sure to be an instant classic that will please everyone at the table!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Beer and kielbasa are a match made in foodie heaven.
Beer and kielbasa are a match made in foodie heaven.


If you are planning to make this kielbasa in beer sauce dish ahead of time, it is recommended to prepare and cook the sausage separately then keep the sauce in a separate container. Store both of them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When reheating, you can either use a microwave or stovetop. If using a microwave, place the kielbasa on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for about 1-2 minutes. Be sure to rotate while reheating to ensure that the sausage is heated evenly.

To reheat on stove-top, transfer the sausages back into the saucepan (or slow cooker) with some of the reserved sauce and heat over medium heat until hot all throughout. Make sure to stir occasionally and add more liquid if needed.

If serving for a crowd or during gatherings, you can also reheat it in the slow cooker by placing it over low heat until warmed through.

Remember, when storing leftovers, allow the dish to cool down first before transferring them into containers. This helps prevent bacterial growth and ensures longer shelf-life.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Savor every bite of the flavorful kielbasa.
Savor every bite of the flavorful kielbasa.

Now that you have all the ingredients for your Kielbasa in Beer Sauce recipe and are about to start cooking, allow me to offer you some tips on how to perfect this dish.

First, make sure you use the right amount of beer. Two cups of beer mixed with water and vinegar is enough for two pounds of sausage. However, if you want a more intense beer flavor, feel free to add an extra cup.

Secondly, when cooking the kielbasa, do not crowd the pan or slow cooker. If they are too cramped in there, the sausages will steam rather than braise. Instead, use a big enough pot or slow cooker to accommodate all pieces separately.

For an extra spicy kick, add some horseradish or Dijon mustard to the sauce recipe. If you’re a fan of sweet and savory flavors combined, consider trying out a barbecue sauce such as Sweet Baby Ray’s or Commodore Perry IPA.

When using cornstarch to thicken the sauce, make sure to mix it with cold water first instead of adding it directly to the hot liquid. This will prevent the starch from clumping together and ensure a smooth consistency.

Finally, when serving your Kielbasa in Beer Sauce dish, consider pairing it with sauerkraut or braised cabbage for an authentic Polish experience. Or serve it over pasta or with a side of beer cheese soup for a comforting meal on a cold night.


Now that you know all the ins and outs of this beer sauce recipe and how to prepare the perfect kielbasa dish to go with it, it’s time to address any questions you might have. Below are some frequently asked questions that might come up as you cook and serve this delicious meal. So, let’s dive in and get ready to uncap some cold brews and enjoy some tasty kielbasa in beer sauce.

What is the best beer to cook kielbasa?

Kielbasa and pilsner are a match made in Eastern European heaven. The dry and malty taste of a pilsner perfectly complements the scrumptious seasonings of pork in kielbasa, making for a harmonious flavor duo that doesn’t compete for attention.

How do you cook kielbasa so it’s tender?

Let’s get these sausages ready for a hearty meal. Slip them into a pot and pour in enough cold water to make sure they are completely submerged. If you like, you can cover the pot with a lid to keep the heat in.

Turn up the heat to medium and let the sausages simmer away for around 10 minutes. The result will be some perfectly cooked kielbasa, ready to be devoured.

Now it’s time to serve up these tasty Polish sausages. Pair them with some ketchup, mustard, and fresh bread to make this dish simply irresistible.

What is the difference between Polish sausage and kielbasa?

You might have noticed kielbasa or Polish sausage while checking out the meat section or searching for dinner ideas. If you’re curious about any potential distinctions between the two, it’s important to know that kielbasa is just the Polish name for the sausage, so they can be considered the same thing.

Bottom Line

So there you have it – my recipe for delicious Kielbasa in Beer Sauce. With its winning combination of savory, smoky flavors and tangy, zesty accents, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Whether enjoyed as a main course or an appetizer at your next gathering, it is sure to impress.

So if you’re looking for a hearty, flavorful and easy-to-make meal that’s perfect for any occasion, give my Kielbasa in Beer Sauce recipe a try. And don’t forget to experiment with different variations and substitutions – from adding horseradish and Dijon mustard to switching up the type of sausage used – the possibilities are endless!

Remember: With great ingredients come great flavor. So take your time with this recipe, savor every bite and enjoy the compliments that are sure to follow. From my kitchen to yours, I wish you happy cooking!

Kielbasa In Beer Sauce

Kielbasa In Beer Sauce Recipe

Original recipe comes from I modified it slightly. I like to serve this as a side with home-made baked beans but it would go great with many things. Can be used as a main course, side or even a hot appetizer and should be included in your Octoberfest planning!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Brunch, Easy, European, Inexpensive, Lunch, Meat, One-Dish Meal, Polish, Pork, Savory, Stove Top
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 834.3kcal


  • 2 lbs sausage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 -3 tablespoons cornstarch, liquified in the smallest amount of water possible (depending on how thick you like it)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (I use my RJ's Homemade Spicy Mustard RJ's Homemade Spicy Mustard)
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish


  • Place whole sausage in pan with water.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cut sausage into diagonal slices.
  • Return to skillet.
  • Add the cup of beer.
  • Cover and simmer another 10 minutes.
  • Add in brown sugar and liquefied cornstarch.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • (vinegar, mustard and horseradish).
  • Cook and stir until it is bubbly.
  • Serve with sauerkraut and enjoy.

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Serving: 245g | Calories: 834.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 28.3g | Fat: 65.9g | Saturated Fat: 22.2g | Cholesterol: 131.7mg | Sodium: 2264.2mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 13.8g

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