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Bavarian Bratwurst with Kraut

This bratwurst and kraut meal may be the quickest slow cooker meal you ever made!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Pork, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bratwurst, sauerkraut
Servings: 2
Calories: 2665kcal


  • 1 lb bratwurst or smoked sausage/kielbasa
  • 14 oz can whole potatoes, drained
  • 14-16 oz can sauerkraut (undrained)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds see NOTES


  • If using uncooked bratwurst, prick casing and steam for 10 minutes to release excess fat. This step may be eliminated if using fully-cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa.
  • When the sausage is cool enough to handle, cut into 1-inch pieces (do the same if using kielbasa)
  • Brown sausage (or kielbasa) in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add browned sausage to slow cooker.
  • Add the sauerkraut, juice, sugar caraway seeds and potatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours, low about 5 hours (times are approximate)


You can use more caraway seed if you really like them.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 2665kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 265g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1940mg | Potassium: 1640mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 8mg