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Brats with Sauerkraut

I've made many variations of this excellent main dish. The bratwurst can be plain, smoked or cheese-flavored, served whole or cut in slices, with a bun or without. It would be popular at a party or potluck.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 8 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 8 brat buns, split


  • Place the bratwurst in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, apples, bacon, brown sugar, onion and mustard; spoon over bratwurst.
  • Cover and cook on low until a thermometer inserted in the sausage reads 160°, 6-8 hours.
  • Place brats in buns; using a slotted spoon, top with sauerkraut mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 brat: 534 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Sylvia
    May 3, 2020

    The brats were fork tender. I didn’t use buns. The sauerkraut was good will keep this recipe

  • Danika
    May 1, 2020

    Even my super picky partner who hates sauerkraut liked this! I did increase the onion to 1/2 cup as suggested by another reviewer.

  • KristineChayes
    Nov 3, 2019

    Very good. My husband liked this. I added 1/2 tsp. black pepper and increased the chopped onion to 1/2 cup. Will make again.

  • Kathryn
    Mar 19, 2017

    Loved this! Pretty much going to be what I measure other brats and kraut recipes against.

  • Funcooking4
    Aug 10, 2014

    This was my first time trying this recipe and it's good. My husband enjoyed and it's a recipe we can make it again.. The only thing we notice is the sauerkraut was very dark in color after it was done nothing like the pic of recipe showing, why is that?

  • Cindy Boor
    Feb 22, 2014

    I'm making this today. I'm a little afraid that there's no liquid in it but I'm going with the recipe anyways but I did double up on the sugar cause I like it sweet so I'll let you know.I'm only giving it three stars cause I haven't tried it yet but it's super simple to make.

  • annwah
    Apr 2, 2013

    No comment left

  • pastiepie
    Feb 4, 2013

    We did not like this. Not sure if I did something wrong but none of us liked. Sorry

  • jmoller
    Dec 17, 2012

    I make this once a week. My family loves it! I use 10 brats, and I add a half of cabbage quartered. Delicious!

  • Heidrunca
    Jul 15, 2012

    This was delicious! I followed the recipe except used a jumbo onion and a little more brown sugar. Will make again for sure!