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Bavarian Bratwurst with Kraut

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Judith Hannemann


  • 1 lb bratwurst or smoked sausage/kielbasa
  • 1 can 14 oz whole potatoes, drained
  • 1 can 14-16 oz sauerkraut (undrained)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbs 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.