Brats with Sauerkraut Recipe
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Brats with Sauerkraut Recipe

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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
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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 534 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein


  1. 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.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a thermometer inserted in the sausage reads 160°.
  3. Place brats in buns; using a slotted spoon, top with sauerkraut mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Brats with Sauerkraut in Country Woman January/February 2006, p45

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Reviewed 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?"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

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

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed 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!"

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