BBQ Macaroni Salad

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Do you love macaroni salad?  What about BBQ?  This macaroni salad is a delicious blend of the two.

There’s plenty of warm summer weather left to make and enjoy this light summer salad.

We’ve been making it for about two years now and every time we still comment on it’s deliciousness.  Macaroni noodles tossed with crunchy veggies and kielbasa and then coated with a creamy, well-seasoned, tangy sauce make this a perfect summer meal.  We really like this salad with the turkey kielbasa but you could make it without the meat or you could substitute it with other kinds of meat like ham.

The recipe serves 8-10 and a couple of times I decided to only make half the recipe so we wouldn’t have so much to eat but the salad keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days and we love the leftovers so now I just go ahead and make the full recipe and we snack on it over 3-4 days.

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Yield: Serves 8-10

BBQ Macaroni Salad


  • 8-12 ounces turkey kielbasa, diced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce {I use Frank's Red Hot}
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add the chopped turkey kielbasa and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt and the macaroni and cook until nearly tender.
  4. Drain the pasta in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool, and then drain again.
  5. Transfer the moist pasta to a large bowl.
  6. Stir in the kielbasa, bell pepper, celery, green onions, vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  7. Let the pasta sit for about 5 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  8. Combine the mayonnaise and barbecue sauce together in a bowl and then add it to the salad.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

I found this recipe here, which was slightly modified from The Cook’s Country Cookbook.

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10 Responses to BBQ Macaroni Salad

  1. Erin @ Making Memories September 4, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Your pasta salad sounds wonderful!

  2. Jeanie September 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    We will make this! Pinning!

  3. Heather @ French Press September 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I love your twist on a classic…thanks for linking to wake up wednesdays

  4. Kay September 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Yummy! I have all the ingredients, I will be making this. Thanks Lori

  5. Sara Howe September 6, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I can not wait to try this!!! I’d love it if you would stop by and link it up at my new link party, Feed Me Friday!

    • Lori September 6, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Thanks for the invite, I’ll pop on over. 🙂

  6. Becky September 7, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    wow, this looks really savory! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday. Don’t forget to sign up for the Back-to-School Social Party!

  7. Diane Balch September 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    What an interesting take on mac n cheese. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  8. Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch September 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Thanks for linking up to my Tasty Thursdays party, Lori. This salad looks delicious. You are featured this week. The party is live!! Thanks, Nichi

    • Lori September 12, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      Thank you, Nichi, for the feature ~ it was a great way to end my day!

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