How Long Does it Take to Smoke Sausage?

A Reader Asks: How long do I smoke a Polish sausage?

Answer by: Smoked Polish:  Our family has been doing this for years and I am at very least a third generation smoker.

We use a cardboard barrel and hang the links on broom sticks. Cover barrel with a couple of rugs and adjust temperature and smoke by cracking open the rugs as needed

Smoked pair of bacon wrapped kielbasa sausage links, glazed with a light coating of BBQ sauce.

Temperature is measured at the top of the barrel directly under the rugs with a digital thermometer. Smoking temperature is kept at 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Smoke sausage for about 3 hours turning them every 45 minutes. After that time it is ready to eat. As long as it is fatty enough they will not dry out. We like the sausage best the next day after cooling in refrigerator over night.

Tried making a lean batch once and had to throw it all out. Wood choices are Cherry, Hickory and/or Apple. Just finished a batch yesterday and it is awesome.

Smoke em if ya got em.....John

Close up image of a half dozen kielbasa link sausages, being kissed with smoke inside a Traeger grill.
Smoking Polish Sausages - How Long Does It Take?

by: Bill

As long as it takes. When smoking them, keep the smoker temperature down if possible, to between 180-200 degrees.

At that temperature it should take around an hour or so to bring the sausages up to the correct internal temperature, which is 160 degrees.

Cooking them any hotter will cause the juices to run out, and they'll be dry and mealy.

Plump and Juicy Smoked Polish Sausage Links on White Bread Buns

Sausage Smoking Safety
by: Anonymous

Actually heat treated sausages need only reach 144 degrees, for trichnae (According to FSIS Reg 318.10(b)). If fully Cooked they must reach 160 degrees (According to Appendix A for Compliance).

Also ensure proper chill down of 130 to 80 in 90 minutes or less, then 80 to 40 within 5 hours, or 120 to 55 in 6 hours then 40 before packaging. This is also after reaching your desired temp. (According to Appendix B for Compliance).

Everyone please check the FSIS website or consult a FSIS tech before cooking or heating to ensure your own safety.

A pair of kielbasa sausage links, wrapped with bacon, on the grate of a Traeger pellet smoker.

Also please handle fully cooked sausages with extreme care after lethality (160), to ensure that there is not contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes. Also proper chill down to avoiding Spore forming bacteria. (C. perfringens).

As a USDA plant manager I can ensure you a lot goes in to preparing your foods. Use common sense or if you lack this please do not smoke any meats.

Be sure to fully cook your hamburgers to 160 degrees to avoid E. Coli 0157:H7. This is a very easily killed bacteria, DO NOT EAT A MEDIUM HAMBURGER

Smoking six sausage links on a Traeger pellet grill.

How Long To Smoke Sausages
by: Smokio

When smoking sausages it's not so much a matter of how long to smoke them, as it is to what temperature to smoke them.

Uncooked sausages need to be heated until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit according to the USDA.

The meat will be safely cooked if it reaches 155 degrees, and remains there for at least 15 seconds, but by following the USDA recommendation, there would be no doubt about safety.

If the sausage is heated much beyond that point, the fat in the meat will melt, and moisture will evaporate out, making the sausages less juicy.

Smoking a Homemade Rope of Sausage

Coil of Sausage Cooking In a Smoker

This rope of homemade sausage was made with a combination of venison and pork. It was previously smoked to add flavor, then frozen for storage.

We remove the sausages from the freezer as needed, thaw in the refrigerator, then grill with indirect heat. When the temperature reaches 160˚ F, the venison sausage is ready to eat!

Six beef hot link sausages on the grate of a Traeger pellet smoker.

We heat these in the smoker sometimes to give them extra smoke flavor. Using a smoker temperature of 200˚ F, a rope of this sausage reaches 160 degrees in 60 to 90 minutes.