Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa only has TWO ingredients, and is an EASY and delicious family friendly recipe, using pork or beef kielbasa sausage!
Sweet n' Sticky Polska Kielbasa only has TWO ingredients, and is an EASY and delicious family friendly recipe, using pork or beef kielbasa sausage!
Yep…you heard me right, friends. This recipe for sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa only has 2 ingredients, and is very budget friendly to make! How cool is that?

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What Does Polska Kielbasa Mean?

Did you know that Polska Kielbasa means Polish Sausage? It is one of the most traditional foods served at Polish weddings. There are many different varieties available in grocery stores throughout the United States, and most are fairly inexpensive. You can read more about this common sausage here.

How We First Tried This Recipe For Polska Kielbasa

Almost 30 years ago my husband and I rented a room in our home to a college age friend of ours, named Kip. One night he offered to cook us dinner, and this polska kielbasa is the dish he cooked for us, along with mashed potatoes.

When I heard what “secret” ingredient he was going to cook the sausage in, I couldn’t believe my ears! It sounded completely crazy to me…but guess what?  This sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa was absolutely delicious!

So What Is The Secret Ingredient For Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa?

Want to know what the secret ingredient is?  COKE or PEPSI. Yep. The sugars in the cola transform into a sticky sweet glaze that coats the kielbasa slices. So good… and we’ve been making it ever since… true story.

This recipe only has two ingredients. Kielbasa (beef or pork) and Coke (or Pepsi). The only really important thing to remember is to never use a diet soda for this recipe because you have to use real, sweetened soda so the sugars in the soda will caramelize and coat the meat slices.

Can you believe it? This might possibly be the world’s simplest dinner. The caramelized sweet n’ sticky coating on the kielbasa is truly wonderful! And talk about easy? Unbelievable, but true.

Look How EASY It Is To Make Sweet n’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa

First you will need to cut the polska kielbasa into 1/2″ slices. You can use either beef or pork kielbasa to make this dish. This ring of polska kielska only cost us $2.50 on sale. Since the only other ingredient is one can of cola, you can see how INEXPENSIVE this meal can be to feed four people!

Polska kielbasa is cut into 1" slices on yellow cutting mat.

Here is the polska kielbasa all sliced, and ready to go into a hot skillet!  See how very easy this is so far?

The polska kielbasa is all sliced and ready to cook!

Brown The Kielbasa

Cook the sliced polska kielbasa in a large skillet, on medium high heat. Cook until it starts to brown on all sides, stirring often. Make sure both sides of the sausage get lightly browned. Once the kielbasa is lightly browned on both sides, pour in 3/4 can of regular cola (NOT DIET!).

Cooking polska kielbasa slices in a large skillet until lightly browned.

Why Do I Have To Use REGULAR Cola And Not Diet Cola?

The reason you want to use REGULAR cola is because the sugar present in this drink is what caramelizes during cooking. This caramelization is what coats the polska kielbasa with a sweet n’ sticky glaze. This adds wonderful flavor to the sausage!

Cola is poured into skillet with polska kielbasa slices.

How Long Do I Cook The Polska Kielbasa?

Continue to cook the kielbasa and cola on medium heat, stirring often. Continue to cook until the sauce has reduced, thickened, and coated the sausage pieces with a syrupy glaze. There should be almost no liquid left in skillet, once done. This usually takes about 20 minutes to finish.

Sweet n' sticky polska kielbasa is cooked until cola caramelizes onto meat.

Now it’s ready to serve! See how shiny that kielbasa looks? It’s that yummy sweet n’ sticky glaze coating each piece of the polska kielbasa. YUM.

Time To Eat Some Sweet n’ Sticky Kielbasa!

Serve this sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa with mashed potatoes and a veggie, and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious, family-friendly dinner! Best part besides how it tastes? It is SO VERY EASY to double this recipe, in case you have a large family!

Close up photo of the sweet n' sticky polska kielbasa slices on plate.

Hope you’ll try this sweet n’ sticky polska kielbasa dish. Everyone I’ve made it for always loves it!  It REALLY tastes good, and is very convenient to fix when you don’t want to mess with a long, complicated recipe after a long day! If you enjoy polska kielbasa, be sure and check out my recipes for Apricot Pineapple Kielbasa Bites and Smoked Sausage Veggie Rice Skillet! It’s really good, too!

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Sweet N' Sticky Polska Kielbasa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Sweet n' Sticky Polska Kielbasa only has TWO ingredients, and is an EASY and delicious family friendly recipe, using pork or beef kielbasa sausage!
Category: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: polska kielbasa
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 393 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 pound package polska kielbasa (beef or pork)
  • 9 ounces cola (3/4 of 12 ounce can) (regular, sweetened cola, NOT diet!)
  1. Slice the entire kielbasa into 1/2 inch wide slices. Place them in a skillet and sauté on medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the both sides of the kielbasa begin to lightly brown.

  2. Pour 3/4 of the can of cola into the skillet (total of 9 ounces). Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has reduced, thickened, and glazed the meat (about 20 min.). All the liquid should be gone from the skillet.

  3. Remove kielbasa from skillet and serve hot, alongside a serving of mashed potatoes and a veggie. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Sweet N' Sticky Polska Kielbasa
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 995mg43%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments on Sweet N’ Sticky Polska Kielbasa

  1. Would love to make this for a church potluck. After making this could I put it in the crockpot and serve later? Has anyone tried this?

  2. Yum! I can’t believe how good and simple this is! My picky little eater loved it! Making it for the second time now, so glad to have another meal that he actually enjoys!

    • Hi, Nicole. I’ve never used Dr. Pepper for this recipe before, but it should be fine. It will have a different flavor, obviously, but if you use regular Dr. Pepper, the sugars will still be able to caramelize the kielbasa.

  3. Wow, totally unexpected. I altered this slightly. I diced up some onions and carrots, then slice some celery for some extra crunch. I round the veggies with the kielbasa and then coated it all in the coke. It was really good. Everyone liked it and no one guessed what the glaze was.

  4. So I’ve grown up eating kielbasa and always searching for new recipes. I only had turkey but even though I bet the beef would be better because of fat but it was still easy and yummy! I would def make this. Simple quick and we loved it. Win win! Going on the file.

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