• Slow Cooker Beer Brats

    by Christin Mahrlig on October 14, 2013

    in Main Dishes, Slow Cooker

    Slow Cooker Beer Brats

    Who doesn’t like a nice juicy bratwurst, covered in sauerkraut and stuffed in a sub roll? And is there any better month than October to eat bratwurst?

    Did you know that you can cook Bratwurst in the slow cooker? This Slow Cooker Beer Brats is a fantastic recipe from Cook’s Country Magazine. I posted about a year ago on my old blog Fort Mill SC Living and I wanted to repost it here not only because it’s one of my favorite crock pot recipes, but one of my favorite recipes period.

    Slow Cooker Beer Brats

    The brats slow cook on a bed of onions, covered in beer. They stay super juicy and moist, and yes, they are missing the nice char that a grill gives bratwurst, but that’s a small price to pay for the ease of crockpot cooking.

    You can use pretty much any number of brats you want for this recipe. The original recipe calls for 10, but I used 5. You just want them to fit in a single layer in the crock pot. Make sure you use the full amount of onions though. The onions serve as a buffer between the brats and the bottom of the crock pot and prevent the brats from cooking too fast. You don’t want the brat’s skins to burst because they will lose their juice and dry out.

    Next time you can’t stomach another crockpot chili, through a few brats in the pot for a super easy and tasty fall meal.

    Slow Cooker Beer Brats

    Slow Cooker Beer Brats
    • 1 pound onions, sliced into ¼-inch thick rings
    • ¼ cup soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
    • 10 bratwurst (I just used 5)
    • 3 cups beer
    • ¼ cup dijon mustard, plus extra for serving
    • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (if you like caraway, may want to up to ¾ teaspoon)
    • 1 cup sauerkraut (I used a whole regular-sized can)
    • a hoagie roll for each brat
    1. Place onions, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Dump mixture into bottom of a slow cooker. Arrange brats on top.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together beer, mustard, and caraway seeds. Pour on top of brats. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4. (I cooked them on low so I can’t vouch for the high heat method)
    3. Transfer brats to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Stir sauerkraut into onion mixture and let warm for a few minutes. Strain sauerkraut-onion mixture through a colander or use a slotted spoon to transfer to a serving dish. Discard liquid. Serve Brats and Kraut on rolls if desired with mustard.

    Recipe Source: Cook’s Country Magazine

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    jo@jocooks.com October 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This is making me so hungry, you’re absolutely right, how can you not love this dish, and I have to say the addition of beer….yum!


    Christin Mahrlig October 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Beer is almost always a great addition isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!


    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    My brother would LOVE this, he’s the biggest fan of brats! I’m definitely cooking these for him soon, they look awesome :D


    Kelly October 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Always looking for new slow cooker recipes and brats and sauerkraut sound fantastic! My hubby would be over the moon for these especially since they’re simmered in beer :) Thanks for sharing Christin!


    Christin Mahrlig October 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    It’s easy to sell men on the beer part isn’t it? :)


    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I love slow cooker recipes lately! Never cooked with bratwurst before…I’d definitely be interested to try it out!


    Christin Mahrlig October 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    It turns out amazingly well Ashley! I was pleasantly surprised!


    Shundara@SavyNaturalista October 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Beer and brats sound tasty to me, especially since the weather is cold. I love comfort food that fills you up and keep you nice and cozy


    Christin Mahrlig October 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Brats will definitely give you that warm and cozy feel :)


    Marcie October 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    You’ve got such great slow cooker recipes, Christin! I could live without the char on the brats as I love the simplicity!


    Christin Mahrlig October 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Simplicity is worth a lot isn’t Marci? Especially when life is so busy as I know yours is with cooking school!


    Amy @ Elephant Eats October 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Mmm, I love bratwurst…and sauerkraut! Yum. This is such a perfect, easy meal…definitely marking this one down.


    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Simply amazing Christin! I love a good bratwurst, especially when there’s beer involved. :)


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