Crock Pot Brats

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These Crock Pot Brats are tender and flavorful, perfect for a normal weeknight or for your next tailgate party. You can make a few or make a bunch depending on the number of people you are serving.

Brat season really should be year round, not just during the months when you can grill outside. However, if you ARE looking to grill brats, check out these Grilled Beer Brats in Beer Hot Tub from Farmwife Drinks.

You can cook brats all year long, using one of our favorite kitchen gadgets, the slow cooker. Check out our Slow Cooker Bratwurst Casserole which is a stew with potatoes and carrots.

It’s a simple concept. You pre-boil the bratwursts to remove the fat and toss them in the Crock Pot with a barbecue type sauce that includes your favorite beer, chili sauce, Worcestershire, ketchup, vinegar, salt, brown sugar and paprika.  Four to five hours later, you have perfectly tender brats for dinner.

Crock Pot Brats are fixed in a homemade BBQ sauce and make the perfect weeknight dinner.

Slow Cooker Brat Recipe:

I made these for dinner, and Kevin was a big fan.  I took a couple leftovers to Mom and Dad, and they also gave them 2 thumbs up.

The beauty of this slow cooker bratwurst recipe is that you can customize it to your liking.  This recipe can make either one or two packages of brats, however many your family requires.

The variety of brats at the grocery store is endless.  There’s original, German-style, beer brats, cheddar brats, Bavarian brats, hot N Spicy, and more.  You can pick your favorite type of bratwurst for this recipe.  Next, you can use your favorite beer.  There’s no right or wrong with this recipe.  A favorite for the local brewery would be fantastic.

How to Make Crock Pot Brats

Full recipe for slow cooker brats is at the bottom of this page.

Boil brats for 5 minutes to remove excess fat. Drain, and place brats in a Crock Pot insert. Top with onion slices. In a separate bowl, mix your favorite beer, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, vinegar, salt, brown sugar and paprika. Pour over the brat and onions. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours in the crock pot.

Looking for a side dish to serve with your brats?  Try our Buttermilk Mac and Cheese, Classic Macaroni Salad, Old-Fashioned Pea Salad, Crock Pot Baked Beans with Pineapple or Sweet and Sour Coleslaw.

Notes About Crock Pot Beer Brats:

  • Boiling the brats first will help eliminate some of the fat.
  • Use whatever type of beer you have on hand for these crock pot beer brats.
  • The sauce is flexible: use a little bit more of one ingredient or a little bit less of another. This is a good way to use up ingredients you have on hand.
  • I love grilling these for a couple minutes right before serving to brown and crisp up the outside.

Crock Pot Brats

These Crock Pot Brats are tender and flavorful, perfect for a normal weeknight or for your next tailgate party.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bratwursts in slow cooker, crock pot beer brats, crock pot brats, slow cooker brats
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 8 brats use between 5-8 brats
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 12 oz. beer, your favorite can or bottle
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, boil brats in water for 5 minutes to remove fat.
  • Drain brats; place in slow cooker insert.
  • Mix all remaining ingredients, and pour over the brats.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. 
  • Serve in buns, smothered in the cooking sauce if desired.

Notes

  • Boiling the brats first will help eliminate some of the fat. 
  • Use whatever type of beer you have on hand for these crock pot beer brats.
  • The sauce is flexible: use a little bit more of one ingredient or a little bit less of another. This is a good way to use up ingredients you have on hand.
  • I love grilling these for a couple minutes right before serving to brown and crisp up the outside.
  • Be sure to cook the brats to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Try serving these along side Buttermilk Mac and Cheese and Crock Pot Calico Beans.

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1457mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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