Crockpot Kielbasa and Sauerkraut is a tart and tangy meal with a sweet side. Kielbasa and Sauerkraut are a match made in heaven. Add a few extra ingredients like brown sugar, beer and apples and you get a deep, flavorful meat that is simple to make any day of the week!
Who loves Sauerkraut?? I Do!! Sauerkraut is a delicious pickled cabbage with a tart flavor and wish I could eat it more. I had only eaten as a side when my husband grilled kielbasa or sausages but ate it all the time as a kid. Remembering that sauerkraut is so good I realized that I need to find more ways to cook it. So of course, I went straight to my crockpot.
This easy crockpot recipe takes a few steps to take your kielbasa and sauerkraut to a new level. This is perfect to serve for dinner or would be great to serve for a football party or really any party.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE KIELBASA AND SAUERKRAUT?
Ok, so you are thinking…I just need kielbasa and sauerkraut right? Sorry… but you do need a few more ingredients to to make this tasty dish. In order to balance out the tart of the the sauerkraut you need a few items to make the perfect balance!
– Sweet Onion
– Beer or Water
– Honey Crisp Apple
– Brown Sugar
– Caraway Seed
How to Make Kielbasa and Sauerkraut in the Crockpot?
Cook onions and garlic on stove. If short on time you can skip this step and just add the onions and garlic to crockpot.
Add the sauerkraut, apple, onion and garlic mixture, and caraway seeds to the slow cooker crock. Stir.
Cut kielbasa into 1/2 pieces. Add to crockpot.
Mix beer/water and brown sugar together in separate bowl. Pour over the sauerkraut mixture. Stir ingredients together.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
Gluten Free – I make everything gluten free in our house because my husband has celiac disease, which is when you are allergic to gluten. Unfortunately, beer has gluten in it so to stay gluten free you need to swap for a gluten free beer or water. I used a gluten free Omission beer.
If you are not gluten free swap the gluten free beer for any lager.
Need a Slow Cooker? My favorite is this Crock Pot 6 quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I love being able to set the timer in case I’m not home when the food is finished cooking and it just switches to warm. Plus you can lock the lid and just carry it to a party. You will never lose another Tupperware or serving dish again at a potluck party!
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Crockpot Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
- 2-3 pounds kielbasa or sausage
- 1 sweet onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 32 ounces sauerkraut
- 1 honey crisp apple or other sweet apple peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 cup beer or water use gluten free beer to keep gluten free
- 2-4 tablespoons brown sugar
- Heat oil on stove and cook onions and garlic on stove until soft.
- Add the sauerkraut, apple, onion and garlic mixture, and caraway seeds to the slow cooker crock. Stir.
- Cut kielbasa into 1/2 inch pieces. Add to crockpot.
- Mix beer/water and brown sugar together in separate bowl. Pour over the sauerkraut mixture. Stir ingredients together.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.