Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kielbasa from Pulaski Meats in Linden, NJ

One of the best things about living in New Jersey is the availability of so many different types of authentic and delicious ethnic foods.  Over the Fourth of July weekend everyone loves to cook out and traditionally I think hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, etc.  Well my daughter Ashley suggested grilled kielbasa which she discovered that she really likes when she had it at a picnic at college.  I grew up eating kielbasa and I do like it but don't think to make it often.  I guess that I never really introduced it to my daughters - surprising.

Not far from where I work is a wonderful Polish delicatessen and market, Pulaski Meats in Linden, NJ.  When you walk through the doors you are hit with the most wonderful aroma of smoked meats.  Every type of Polish delicacy is here at your disposal - meats, breads, desserts, pantry items, and homemade pickles.  They serve a fantastic kielbasa and sauerkraut sandwich for $3.50.  Polish is the language spoken at the store and I felt like I stepped into Eastern Europe.  I had my camera in tow and planned to take some photos but alas a dead battery.  So, I grabbed a homemade kielbasa, potato and onion pierogies, a loaf of hearth baked rye bread, a few pickles and headed home to grill.  The kielbasa was perfectly spiced - just delicious, and the pierogies were the best I've ever had.  It was a great quick dinner and the perfect start to the holiday weekend. 

Sauerkraut and Onions
adapted from Aaron McCargo Jr.

2 tablespoons melted butter
1- 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 sliced onion
3 cups drained sauerkraut
chopped parsley

Melt the butter and sugar (depending on your taste) in a saute pan and cook until it becomes golden.  Next add the sliced onion and saute until softened and lightly golden.  Add the drained sauerkraut and heat thoroughly.  Lastly add the chopped parsley.  Serve with the grilled kielbasa and a good mustard for dipping.

Photo from the Pulaski Meat Products website


  1. The sausage looks incredibly good and it's really nice to see the shop where you buy it. It is so immaculate you could perform surgery on the floor :-). It's a far cry from the pork shops of yesteryear :-) Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I love kielbasa - it's always been a staple here because it is so flavorful and very easy. We have a Ukranian shop with the most delectable Eastern European sausages - it is such a treat to go there. Happy grilling! The kielbasa is perfect.

  3. I would go nuts shopping at a place like this. Kielbasa and sauerkraut looks like great comfort food!

  4. those kielbasa look really good! my wife is polish and her family lives for good keilbasa! If we ever get up to LInden I will definitely pick some up!
    have a safe and happy fourth!

  5. I am going to have to check out this place! My daughter doesn't like sausages like the DH and I, but we ALL love kielbasa.

  6. The store looks amazing!

  7. There is a Polish meat market in Perth Amboy that my husband stops by every now and then. The aromas are to die for! Kielbasa was not a food that I grew up with, but love it with pierogi and sauerkraut as an adult.

  8. The hot dogs are amazing, kielbasy is one of the best I've ever tasted, their mustard is equally delicious and goes great with the kobanasy. Awesome place worth checking out.