Often times when throwing a barbecue for a crowd we try to do too much. We go over the top trying to wow our guests with our grilling prowess that we lose sight of the real purpose of a cookout. The real purpose is to bring people together that we care about and feed them some good food to accentuate the camaraderie and discourse. This may sound a bit sterile, but really, a cookout is more about the interaction with friends and family than it is about spending 18 hours smoking a brisket which entails getting up twice throughout the night and thus getting terrible sleep and being too tired to enjoy that the company of loved ones. And sometimes we forget that great BBQ is really pretty simple. Meat + seasoning + heat + smoke = great food.

On that note, I give you the Eckrich Grilled Sausage Slider Bar. Wait, I know some of you are thinking, “But Eckrich makes those big sausages. Not sliders.” A slider is simply a smaller sandwich that makes for great finger food for things like tailgating or homegating (tailgating at home). It takes no time to turn those big sausages into slider size portions and not much more time to turn them into a fantastic feast. Come check it out.

Eckrich Grilled Sausage Slider Bar Ingredients:

  • 4 packages of Eckrich Polska Kielbasa Skinless Smoked Sausage Rope
  • A variety of buns, cheeses, sauces and toppings

There are a ton of options for the Eckrich Grilled Sausage Slider Bar. We used Eckrich Polska Kielbasa Skinless Smoked Sausage Rope, but you can use any of the delicious flavors or varieties Eckrich smoked sausage comes in. Other ingredients we used were pretzel, brioche and sweet slider buns. On top of that we had mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, and relish. We also had grilled onions, pickles (sliced and whole mini gerkins), sliced tomatoes, sliced mini bell peppers, and five varieties of cheeses. Now it’s time to get this spread going.

Slice the kielbasa into lengths that are slightly larger than the slider buns to make sure there is a proper meat to bun ratio. Then slice lengthwise, but do not slice all the way through. Slice just deep enough to be able to lay the sausage flat but not cut into two pieces:

Eckrich Polska Kielbasa sliced and ready for the grill
At this point you may apply a rub to the sliced side, but this is optional as Eckrich smoked sausage is naturally hardwood smoked and crafted with just the right blend of spices

Prepare the slider bar before grilling the kielbasa because the cooking process will not take long. Lay out the buns, cheeses, sauces and toppings on a table:

Our Eckrich Grilled Slider Bar
Get creative with those accoutrements

Once that is squared away, get that cooker to medium high heat and and get ready to grill those smoked sausages. These will not take long. Those beautiful grill marks take no time to appear and since the Eckrich Polska Kielbasa are essentially precooked, we only need to add some char to get an extra pop of flavor:

Eckrich Polska Kielbasa with great grill marks
Mmmmmm Grill Marks

Then let your guests mix and match buns, cheeses, sauces and toppings to make some amazing sliders:

A slider with a pretzel bun and one with a brioche bun
I’ve got dibs on that pretzel bun slider

The more options you have, the more creative people can be:

More varieties of sliders with Eckrich Polska Kielbasa
More varieties of sliders with Eckrich Polska Kielbasa

And just because we are doing sliders, doesn’t mean we can’t do more traditional hot dog buns here. Particularly for the little ones that seem to wrinkle their noses at everything but chicken tenders and hot dogs:

Grilled Kielbasa halves in half hot dog buns
More traditional sausages in halved hot dog buns

I was blown away at not only how quickly this feast came together but also with how delicious it was. The vast majority of the time spent on this was collecting the ingredients. Prepping the ingredients table and cooking the kielbasa took about 15 minutes total which meant there was plenty of time to relax, enjoy the game, chat with friends and family and generally have a good time. This is the perfect spread for your next homegating or tailgating adventure. I mean, how good does this look?

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Barbecue
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Make an epic slider bar utilizing Eckrich Polska Kielbasa smoked sausage and a variety of buns, cheeses, toppings and sauces.
  • 4 packages of Eckrich Polska Kielbasa Smoked Sausage rope
  • A variety of buns, cheeses, sauces and toppings
  1. Slice the sausages into lengths a little longer than the slider buns
  2. Then slice lengthwise almost all the way through, and split in half but make sure not to slice through too far so it doesn't split into 2 pieces
  3. Dust the sliced side of the kielbasa with a BBQ rub (optional)
  4. Array the buns, sauces, cheeses and toppings out on a table and then prepare the grill for medium high heat
  5. Grill the sausages until there are good grill marks on both sides
  6. Remove from the heat and serve


Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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