Best Crockpot of the Year 2016 – Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

What would a celebration of 2016 be without sharing the best crockpot recipe of the year? I mean really y’all, if you’re gonna take part in Crockpot Monday, you have to have a few crockpot recipes lying around waiting to be shared, right? This Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats recipe was definitely the number one fan favorite, which is quite fortunate seeing as how New Year’s Day is only a few days away. If you’re like my family, New Year’s Day simply must include sauerkraut and pork. No substitutions allowed. This pork and sauerkraut crockpot recipe allows you to have all of the traditional holiday flavors without slaving over a hot stove all day with a hangover from the night before. I’m pretty excited about that. Of course, the goal is to avoid the hangover altogether but sometimes celebrating gets the better of all of us. Just ask Brenna after she’s had a roll or two too many through the catnip.

*Original recipe post can be found HERE.

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32-oz.) Bag Sauerkraut, Rinsed and Drained
  • 2 Peeled, Cored, and Chopped Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 1 (12-oz.) Bottle of Good Quality Lager Beer
  • 4 Good Quality German Brats
  • 4 Tablespoons Premium Salted Butter

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Place the sauerkraut and chopped apples in a crock-pot; stir to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, mustard, and beer.
  3. Pour the liquid over the sauerkraut, and stir to combine.
  4. Place the brats on top of the sauerkraut mixture.
  5. Set the crock-pot on low temperature for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the brats; set aside.
  7. Stir the butter into the sauerkraut, place into a large serving dish, and then place the brats on top.

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Slice the brats on a bias, before placing them on top of the sauerkraut to serve.
  • Serve with potato salad or mashed potatoes.
  • I used a high quality German beer brat from a German butcher in this recipe. Search your area for a place to buy premium sausages. You will really notice the difference. You may of course use whichever brat you prefer in this recipe, or add more than 4 if you desire.
  • Premium butter lends a decadent flavor to this dish. Look for European, French, or Irish butter at your local market. A little goes a long way.

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Add finely chopped crispy bacon to the sauerkraut.
  • Replace the apples in this recipe with pears.

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats

Crockpot German Sauerkraut with Brats

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32-oz.) Bag Sauerkraut, Rinsed and Drained
  • 2 Peeled, Cored, and Chopped Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 1 (12-oz.) Bottle of Good Quality Lager Beer
  • 4 Good Quality German Brats
  • 4 Tablespoons Premium Salted Butter

Directions:

  1. Place the sauerkraut and chopped apples in a crock-pot; stir to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, mustard, and beer.
  3. Pour the liquid over the sauerkraut, and stir to combine.
  4. Place the brats on top of the sauerkraut mixture.
  5. Set the crock-pot on low temperature for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the brats; set aside.
  7. Stir the butter into the sauerkraut, place into a large serving dish, and then place the brats on top.
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  • Wendy Klik

    In our household we use kielbasa instead of brats but the result is the same….pure satisfaction.

    • Colleen Delawder

      It is pretty much the same Wendy…the German brats I purchase at our local Christkindlmarket are actually closer to kielbasa than American brats. My favorite ones have a peppery bite with lots of mustard seed inside!

  • Yum, love me some German food! This looks so comforting for the winter. Thanks for sharing!

    • Colleen Delawder

      So glad I got to share it just in time for New Year’s…I’m off to the market right now to buy some sauerkraut!

  • thenotsocreativecook

    This is my first time to hear this kind of food, but it sounds delicious! Glad that you made it at this week’s FF. Happy 2017! 🎉

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

  • Gingerandbread

    Sounds delicious! I love Sauerkraut and Bratwurst, so that’s basically what I’d call a marriage made in Heaven …
    Thank you for bringing it along to Fiesta Friday! Happy New Year!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Happy New Year!