Ukrainian Kovbasa: A Traditional Smoked Sausage Delight

Ukrainian Kovbasa: A Traditional Smoked Sausage Delight

Ukrainian Kovbasa, also known as “Kielbasa” in some regions, is a flavorful and aromatic smoked sausage that captures the essence of traditional Ukrainian culinary practices. This hearty sausage is typically made from ground pork, seasoned generously with garlic, marjoram, and other spices, then smoked to perfection. It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own, served with bread, or incorporated into a variety of recipes.


  • 2 pounds ground pork (you can also mix in some beef if desired)
  • 1/2 pound pork fat, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (optional, for extra color and flavor)
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • Sausage casings, prepared as per package instructions


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, diced pork fat, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, coriander, marjoram, allspice, and paprika. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Slowly add the ice water to the mixture, continuing to mix until the water is fully absorbed and the mixture is smooth and slightly sticky.
  3. Rinse the sausage casings under cold water and soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes before using.
  4. Using a sausage stuffer or a sausage attachment on a meat grinder, fill the casings with the meat mixture. Be sure to pack the meat tightly into the casings, avoiding air pockets.
  5. Twist the filled casings into individual sausages, each about 6-8 inches long. Use kitchen twine to tie the ends if necessary.
  6. Prepare your smoker according to manufacturer’s instructions and preheat it to 225°F (107°C).
  7. Place the sausages on the racks in the smoker, ensuring they are not touching each other. Smoke the sausages for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
  8. Once smoked, allow the sausages to cool slightly before serving. You can also refrigerate them for later use or freeze them for long-term storage.

Enjoy the authentic flavors of Ukrainian Kovbasa with your favorite sides, such as sauerkraut, potatoes, or a hearty slice of fresh bread. Whether served at a festive gathering or as a delicious everyday meal, this traditional sausage is sure to be a hit.