If you're in the mood for homemade hot kielbasa, you're in luck! Here's another gem from my BBQ buddy Patio Daddio. This kielbasa uses Oakridge BBQ's limited edition “Habanero Death Dust” seasoning, which is the bees knees as far as spicy, flavorful rubs go. You can order this rub online, but you can also substitute for your favorite spicy rub.

What's your favorite twist on this classic homemade delight?

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Homemade Habanero Kielbasa

  • Author: Robyn


  • 2 lb Pork rib trimmings, or pork shoulder, cut to roughly 1″ pieces/cubes
  • 2 lb Pork sirloin, cut to roughly 1″ cubes
  • 12 oz Uncured bacon (I used Hempler's), chopped to 1″
  • 1 cup Ice water
  • 3 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp Oakridge BBQ Habanero Death Dust
  • 2 Tbsp Dry marjoram
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
  • 1 1/2 tsp Granulated garlic


Combine all of the ingredients in a very large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.

Split the meat mixture into three equal portions, put each portion into a gallon zip-top bag and refrigerate overnight.

About 90 minutes before you're ready to grind and stuff the sausage, move the bags of meat to the freezer, along with your meat grinder parts (I use grinder and stuffer attachments for my KitchenAid mixer).

Assemble your grinder for a small grind and set a large mixing bowl in an ice bath to catch the ground meat.

Working as quickly as you can, grind the meat into the bowl in the ice bath.

Cover the ground meat and refrigerate immediately.

Prepare your stuffer with your casing of choice. I used 33mm prepared collagen casings from Cabela's.

Working in batches, stuff the sausage into approximately four 18-inch portions, per your machine's instructions.

Refrigerate the stuffed sausage at least two hours before smoking.

Start your smoker and prepare for smoking at 275* with the smoke wood of your choice. I used cherry.

Smoke the sausage indirect until it reaches an internal temperature of 165* (about two hours).

Remove the sausage from the cooker and serve.

I served mine on a toasted roll with melted baby Swiss cheese, and I topped them with caramelized red onions and plain yellow mustard.

Homemade Death Dust Kielbasa from Patio Daddio- photo by John Dawson.