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For This San Antonio Company, Being At Abbott’s Barbecue Is A Matter Of Honor

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Workers at Kiolbassa Sausage prepare the links before they are smoked

A San Antonio sausage company will be right there, along with other Texans, celebrating today’s inauguration of Republican Greg Abbott as governor. 

Kiolbassa Sausage will be on the plates of Texans attending the outdoor barbecue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Austin. It sits on San Antonio’s west side, on South Brazos Street and is a family business that’s been around for 65 years.

“We ship to 46 states and Mexico, and Puerto Rico, so you can find our product almost everywhere across the country,” says Michael Kiolbassa, the president of the company. He says every day on a production line where temperatures are kept at less than 40 degrees, thousands of meat, spices and other ingredients are packed into casings and twisted into links. “We make between 60-70,000 lbs of sausage a day.”

Kiolbassa is supplying more than 4,000 lbs of jalapeno beef sausage for Abbott’s inauguration. Do the math and you’ll realize that’s a lot!

“Four thousand pounds is about 20,000 links and each link is about five inches long. Somebody did the math, I’m not affirming the math, but somebody told me it’s a little over a mile’s worth of sausage,” says Kiolbassa.

The company is donating about half of that order to the Inaugural barbecue — Kiolbassa says it’s an honor for them to be included. “We’re a third generation Texas family business; we love this state, what better way to show our support for our governor and our state than to help out with some sausage for the governor’s inauguration?”

The hot, spicy barbecue lunch is being served on the Capitol grounds after the swearing-in of Abbott as governor and Dan Patrick as lieutenant governor. 

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules