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Crock O’ Brats

Maryellen Boettcher shares this all-in-one meal from her Fairchild, Wisconsin farm. "I've taken this hearty dish to countless events, and it's popular every time," she says. Slices of bratwurst take center stage alongside potatoes, sauerkraut, apple and onion.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 5 uncooked bratwurst links (1-1/4 pounds) , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (27 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • In a large skillet, brown bratwurst on all sides. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir in bratwurst and pan drippings. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until potatoes and apple are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 393 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1245mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 6g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • elaineae
    Dec 6, 2012

    Since I was late starting I put the potatoes and onions in with the brats as I sauted them. Then put the sauerkraut in the bottom of crockpot and the brat mixture over. I left out the brown sugar and apple. I think I could have left out the salt. Very good. Next time I would add some beef broth to make it a little juicier.

  • bjsilve0
    Oct 28, 2011


  • lwilles19630
    Aug 19, 2010

    Excellent, have made this many times with brats or ribs. I brown the ribs before putting in the slow cooker. Always turns out great.

  • neecee23
    Jan 18, 2010

    This recipe is easy to make and tastes great. If you love brats and sauerkraut, you will love it.

  • bills1
    Mar 10, 2009

    I have made this recipe twice now and it is wonderful,my husband really enjoyed it, I added more sauerkraut and added a little caraway, we loved it. I will definitely make it again.I would give this recipe an AKlobucher

  • valanddansmith
    Feb 12, 2009

    Everyone in my family enjoyed this except for my youngest daughter and that was just because she doesn't like sauerkraut. I made it even easier and eliminated the browning step by using precooked bratwurst (the smoked sausage type). I also threw in some hot dogs that I needed to use up so I doubled the other ingredients. The whole house smelled really good while it was cooking! We'll definitely make this again!

  • kennedyjl
    Aug 29, 2008

    This recipe was "okay". I've been cooking a different meal from this site every day, and this was my least favorite. The brown sugar gave it a better taste, and my husband said it reminded him of German cooking (he lived there) so that was a good thing. However, my tween kids had to be forced to eat it. Overall, okay recipe, but I doubt I will make it again.