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BBQ Macaroni Salad

BBQ Macaroni Salad is similar to traditional macaroni salad except the dressing combines mayo with tangy BBQ sauce. The addition of turkey kielbasa makes this a hearty pasta salad perfect summer BBQ's, potlucks, and to accompany weeknight dinners.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Course: pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni salad, pasta salad, summer
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • 12-13 ounces kielbasa sausage cut into bite sized chunks
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  • Cook 1 lb. elbow macaroni according to package directions. When pasta is done cooking and you've drained it, run cold water over the pasta until it is completely cooled. Allow macaroni to drain well.
  • In a large skillet heated to medium high heat, sauté the chopped Butterball Turkey Kielbasa until it is lightly browned.
  • In a small bowl combine mayo, bbq sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.
  • In a large bowl combine cooked and cooled pasta with diced bell pepper, green onions, and browned kielbasa. Stir in the dressing you made in step 3.
  • Store the BBQ Macaroni Salad in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. If the pasta has been in the fridge for a while, stir in 1-2 two tablespoons of warm water before serving to obtain a creamy consistency again.