Autumn Crockpot Apple Sauerkraut – #Oktoberfest

Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

Oktoberfest here in Herndon is a pretty big affair. Each year, we get together with several friends and neighbors to eat copious amounts of sauerkraut and sausages, dance to German music, and drink crazy amounts of Bitburger with our dear friends Mario and Andrea who originally hail from Germany. Unfortunately, this is the last year that these two dear friends of ours will be living in the United States, which means that over this past weekend, we sadly experienced our final Oktoberfest together as a group. As you can imagine, it was a bittersweet event. As we were standing in the drizzling rain, one particular friend put it best, “Even the skies are crying at the thought of them leaving.”

To show their love for both the United States and Germany, this year’s party featured not only traditional German food but also BBQ as well. Really y’all, I do truly believe that it was a wise decision on their part. If you’ve never tried sauerkraut with smoked brisket before, you need to actively do something to change that. It’s a pretty exceptional and unexpected combination, especially when you add in coleslaw, brats, potato salad, pretzels, and tons of heavenly homemade desserts. Without Mario and Andrea, things around here will not be nearly as exciting. The skies and all of us here in Herndon truly do weep at the mere thought of their departure.

Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32-oz.) Bag Sauerkraut, Rinsed & Drained
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 (12-oz.) Oktoberfest or Pumpkin Beer
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter

Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot, stir well, and then cook on low for 8 hours.

Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

Suggestions:

  • If you are not a fan of caraway seeds, you can either leave them out or place them in a tea diffuser so that they make less of an impact.
  • Use European butter in this recipe if possible. It has a lower water content and much more flavor.
  • If you prefer your sauerkraut sweeter, add an additional 1/2-cup of brown sugar.

Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

Improvements:

  • Add crumbled bacon or browned brats to the sauerkraut.
  • Need a new crockpot? I’m totally in love with Miss O’Hara, my 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker. She’s an absolute dream in the kitchen.
  • Use one of these Collapsible Collanders to rinse and drain your sauerkraut in. I love how much space they save me in my cabinet.
  • Replace the diced apples with diced pears or a mixture of the two fruits.

Autumn Crockpot Apple Sauerkraut

Autumn Crockpot Apple Sauerkraut

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32-oz.) Bag Sauerkraut, Rinsed & Drained
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 (12-oz.) Oktoberfest or Pumpkin Beer
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot, stir well, and then cook on low for 8 hours.
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Give your crockpot sauerkraut the taste of autumn with the addition of seasonal apples, brown sugar, Oktoberfest beer, diced onion, and caraway seeds.

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  • Wendy Klik

    So sorry your close friends are moving so far away. Perhaps the rest of you could continue the annual tradition in their honor.

    • I think we should just move the party to Germany each year…now, that would be fun!!!

      • Wendy Klik

        Now you’re taking

  • snehadatar

    I love Sauerkraut, this dish looks so delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • nichole l

    I’ve only had sauerkraut as is, but I love the idea of sweetening it up!

    • Oh, no, no, no! Never straight! Sauerkraut always need to be jazzed up!!!

  • Tara Sallinger Margetson

    Hi Neighbor (Woodbridge here)! This looks like such a wonderful way to bring in autumn. I definitely need to pul out my slow cooker.

    • Well hello there neighbor, thanks for stopping by! I admit that I am looking forward to using mine a lot more now that the weather is cooler!

  • Love the idea of having apples in there and leaving it to cook in the slow cooker!

    • Thanks Caroline…I love the idea of a quick side dish that I barely have to do anything to!

  • thenotsocreativecook

    What a great twist on sauerkraut! Love the apples – brilliant!! Thanks for sharing, Colleen! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I just pinned this to try! It looks amazing. We love German food and always make Oktoberfest meals. I’m making this after we go apple picking this year!

    • Lucky you…I haven’t been apple picking in years! I always run out of time to go!

  • Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!