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Slow-Cooked Reuben Brats Recipe

Slow-Cooked Reuben Brats Recipe

Sauerkraut gives these beer-simmered brats a big flavor boost, but it’s the special chili sauce and melted cheese that put them over the top. Top your favorite burger with some of the chili sauce; you won't be sorry.—Alana Simmons, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 3 bottles (12 ounces each) light beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 hoagie buns, split
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown bratwurst in batches; drain. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine beer, sliced onion and sauerkraut; add bratwurst. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until sausages are cooked through.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, chili sauce, ketchup, chopped onion, relish, garlic and pepper until blended. Spread over cut sides of buns; top with cheese, bratwurst and sauerkraut mixture. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 733 calories, 50g fat (16g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1643mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 5774466 264323
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"Amazing!!! loved them.... I get so tired of hamburgs and hot dogs camping in the summer, can't wait to share this recipe. Really enjoyed the reuben sauce too, no more thousand island dressing from a bottle. Thanks for sharing!!"

ddagle User ID: 117694 263712
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"This has become a much requested family favorite. Much tastier than I expected. The dressing is so good, it can stand alone as a salad dressing. Of course, I buy locally made brats & buns from our local grocery. This makes a big difference , I think."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 260848
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"My family really enjoyed these. Flavor was great. The brats were really tender. I can't really compare these to other ways of preparing brats as this was my first time making brats. I appreciated how easy these came together and didn't require my attention while I enjoyed the Super Bowl. The only change I made to the recipe was to serve these brats on outdoor rolls (aka stadium rolls)."

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 235121
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"The sauce is amazing! I was tempted to just buy a bottle of Thousand Island dressing and save myself time. I am so glad I didn't! I made the sauce (which really only takes a few minutes) and let it refrigerate all day. Being Wisconsinites we eat brats with kraut all the time so that part was nothing extra special. However the addition of homemade sauce, a toasted bun and melted cheese made this recipe FABULOUS!"

Tipsymcstagger User ID: 7467398 230283
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"Great recipe!!! My picky girlfriend and I polished off 1/2 a crockpot by ourselves!"

BabblesfromBoise User ID: 7107494 223156
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"Brats & Beer - What could be better?

My husband is not only a beer connoisseur, but also a bratwurst snob as well.
I halved the recipe and used one can of porter-style beer and sweet onions and it was AMAZING! The porter and the sweet onions helped to mellow the sauerkraut. But the special sauce was the icing on the cake.
I'm going to try a different bun other than a hoagie as it fell apart while eating - even though I drained the liquid quite well before toasting. A surprising plus - the crockpot cooking softens the casing on the brats - making everything nice and tender.
My husband asked a few years back to make a list of all the dinner choices I make so he can refer to it when I ask him "what do you want for dinner". He told me to definitely add this to it!!
Thanks for sharing!"

knwygt User ID: 8108388 218794
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"My family didn't love the sauce. We used some high quality spicy mustard."

crettenberger User ID: 6928363 196577
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I am from Johnstown PA.. This was a staple in my household for many years! To this day I still do pork (of all kinds), sauerkraut, onions and apples in my crock-pot and every "Southern Californian" who thinks they are SOOO healthy, cant get enough of this dish...especially during Football season. It was nice to see someone from my hometown (which I return to see family every 2 months) bring this to the table!!!You'ens did good!"

dlasnv User ID: 5083574 150430
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"I tried these with a couple changes. Rather than using beer (which we don't drink and if I don't use it, I don't buy it), I used beef broth and I think it imparted a richer flavor to the brats. I also tweaked the sauce because of personal flavor preferences, though not much.. I used bollilo rolls cause I like buns that don't get mushy. Will make again."

damonsamara User ID: 5029442 117683
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"Very easy, very good!! My hubby is still raving about it. It's a keeper to write down for the recipe box. The toasting in the oven is also magic to this recipe. Mmmm GOOD!!!!"

lorettalib User ID: 4493956 212568
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"I made this recipe last night for my husband and me. I used half the brats and half the beer. If I were to make the 10 brats I would still use half the beer. There was still a lot of liquid with just half the beer. There was very little prep time with recipe, very easy. Although I use the mayonnaise mix, next time if I'm in a hurry I will use a bottle of Thousand Island dressing. And I may use a more robust beer. I will make this recipe again."

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 193641
Reviewed May. 15, 2014

"I made these the slow cooker mix....the spread was great but I think I prefer the brauts grilled & The Kraut cooked with 1 beer( felt the beer overpowered the other flavors) ....great combo either way!"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 133055
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! Like a previous poster mentioned, very filling, too! It was all my husband, who is a big, hard-working guy, could do to eat two of them--but he managed! LOL! I don't like regular reubens, but I love these brats! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

walung User ID: 7403558 193639
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

""Over the top" that's how my reuben lover husband says about this recipe when I made it lastnite. Although, I made a little change to it, I didn't have a slow cooker so I just used a pot on the stove for only an hour. The brats are still perfectly done. Thanks to Alana, the creator of this recipe."

Ree57 User ID: 7146367 212567
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"These are so good. I only used two bottles of beer instead of three and there was plenty of flavor and juice. YUMMY!"

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 196575
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"I made this last night. Im making it again over the holiday weekend for guest. Very delicious !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Beema User ID: 446601 133293
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"The first time I make a recipe, I will not modify it, but the next time I make this one, I will not make it in the slow cooker. The brats lost their flavor, as did the sauerkraut... next time I will just do the brats in the broiler or on the grill and heat the sauerkraut on the top of the stove. The chili sauce was excellent."

Cmcroll User ID: 7380228 195296
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"I'm not really a fan of brats, but my husband is. He also loves ruebens. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it for him. We used some Guinness brats we had in the freezer. I didn't have chili sauce so I used Red Hot. OMG!!! This was so good! It they weren't so filling I would've ate them all! I am a brat fan now!"

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