If you’ve been around the world of sausage, the Nueske name is one you’ve heard before. Purveyors of fine smoked meats for close to a hundred years, Nueske’s is a Wisconsin family tradition and now you can purchase their fine products online. They were kind enough to send us two products to review including their traditional applewood smoked Kielbasa so let’s get on with it!
While the word kielbasa refers to a general family of various sausage products from European countries, the term here in the U.S. generally refers to the Polish variety and that’s what we received from Nueske’s.
I received a package of 6 large links which appears to retail on their site for $22.95 and proceeded to grill them with indirect heat for about 20 minutes until the skin was just starting to split.
These had a fabulous aroma both going on and coming off the grill, sweet and smoky pre-grill and sweet and porky coming off. Knifing my way through a medium thick casing into a relatively fine grind, there were flecks of spices with the pepper standing out the most in this pork and beef sausage. The flavor was spot on for the variety and they were smoked perfectly. Not too heavy but enough to satisfy the olfactory senses on each bite.
This was a fine sausage, free of grit, bone, or anything else that might detract from the firm well seasoned meat. Nueske’s is paying attention to the details and if you’re a fan of kielbasa, I highly recommend you pick some of this up for now and to store. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Kielbasa was great by itself and I’ll be using it in some bean soup later this week.