Our smoked kielbasa sausage is one of the most underrated sausages we make, and this Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs recipe is a lovely way to enjoy the smoky flavor of this sausage.
Combining the smoky and savory flavor of smoked kielbasa sausage with sweet pineapple is a winning combination that kids and adults will both enjoy. These Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs are quick & simple to assemble, and since the kielbasa is already cooked, you don’t need to worry about cooking them all the way through.
These Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs would be a great addition to your next backyard cookout, pool party, or family gathering, so stop into LGCM, grab a package of award-winning Kielbasa and get cooking!
What is your smoked kielbasa sausage?
Our smoked kielbasa sausage is a traditional Eastern European-style of sausage that is made from pork and beef. We season the meat with salt, pepper, garlic, and more seasonings for a rich, meaty flavor that’s highlighted by the kiss of smoke from the time the sausage spent in our smokehouse.
The real hog casings we use provide a great snap when you take a bite into this juicy sausage – you’ll feel like you’re eating an old-world style creation. In fact, the flavor and workmanship was recognized with a Silver Medal from the German Butcher’s Association in their 2019 International Quality Competition for Sausages!
You’ll find our smoked kielbasa in the cooked sausage coolers packaged in one-pound packages of two half-pound links. Pick up a package the next time you’re in the store!
What ingredients did you use to make your Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs?
The ingredients we used in our Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs were meant to bring together a combination of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors. We used:
- Kielbasa sausage cut into 1″ chunks.
- Fresh pineapple cut into 1″ chunks.
- A red bell pepper cut into 1″ pieces.
- Red onion cut into 1″ pieces.
- BBQ sauce brushed on top.
You can see the photos and videos in this post to see how we put it all together.
You can easily make your own, customized Hawiaan Kielbasa Kabobs by swapping out ingredients. Here are a few suggestions on other ingredients that would work well in this recipe:
- A few pieces of bacon on each kabob would amp up the salty & smoky flavors in these kabobs.
- You could add green, yellow, or orange bell peppers to add even more color to these kabobs.
- Summer squash would be a nice addition if you enjoy even more vegetables in your kabobs.
- If you want more fruit, try adding mango for more of that sweet, tropical flavor!
What type of barbecue sauce did you brush on top of your Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs?
When we made our Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs, we used our favorite Kansas City-style barbecue sauce – Sweet Baby Ray’s – and it was a perfect pairing. You can use your own favorite. Here are a few ideas on how you can make this recipe fit your taste with your barbecue sauce choice:
- Add a little heat to this recipe by using a spicy barbecue sauce.
- We are huge fans of the tangy, savory, and spicy flavors of Korean-style barbecue sauces, and a Korean barbecue sauce would be great on this recipe.
- Finally, you could lean into the “Hawaiian” side of this recipe and substitute a pineapple-teriyaki sauce for barbecue sauce!
What type of skewers did you use?
We like using metal skewers when we make kabobs because we think they are easier to thread and we’re not worried about them lighting on fire! You can use wooden skewers, but make sure you soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before you grill.
How did you serve these Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs?
We baked King’s Hawaiian Rolls and made mini sandwiches with the grilled meat, fruit, and vegetables from the kabobs. They were terrific in the fluffy and sweet rolls!
We also would recommend making a bowl of rice and serving the cooked kabob items on top of rice for a complete meal.
I don’t have a grill – can I still make these kabobs?
Yes, you can still enjoy the delicious flavors of these Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs even without a grill by cooking one of these two methods:
- Underneath a broiler set to high – just be sure to use a lower rack so the food doesn’t burn!
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
Can you suggest more recipes that use smoked kielbasa?
Yes we do! Here are recipes from LGCM and around the web that use smoked kielbasa sausage:
- Kielbasa Cabbage Stew from Taste of Home
- Kielbasa Pasta Simmer from LGCM
- Sheet Pan Kielbasa and Potatoes from Craft Beering
And at my house, we’ll often heat up some Kielbasa or Smoked Polish sausage, slice it up, and serve it with a side of Kasia’s legendary pierogi!
Did you make any tweaks to this recipe? Let us know how you put together your Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs in the comments below. We’re excited to hear what you thought of this recipe and our smoked kielbasa sausage!
Thanks for reading; we’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 1 lb Leahy’s Smoked Kielbasa Sausage (cut into 1″ chunks)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (cut into 1″ chunks)
- 1/2 Red Onion (cut into 1″ chunks)
- 2 cup Pineapple Chunks (you won’t need a whole pineapple’s worth of pineapple for this – so either buy prechunked pineapple or plan on having other uses for the extra pineapple)
- BBQ Sauce
Thread a piece of kielbasa onto a metal skewer, followed by a chunk of pineapple, 3 pieces of red onion, a piece of kielbasa, a piece of bell pepper, a piece of pineapple, a piece of kielbasa, and 3 red onions.
Adjust to your taste and how many skewers you want to make. The above ingredients will easily make four heraty skewers.
Brush all sides of the kabobs with barbecue sauce and place on a grill heated to medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, turning occasionally until the sausage is browed and the vegetables are tender.
When the kabobs are cooked, remove them from the grill and serve.