[Oktoberfest] Slow Cooker Sausage with Bavarian Sauerkraut

Happy Oktoberfest!

[Oktoberfest] Slow Cooker Sausage with Bavarian Sauerkraut


This is the easiest and most perfect dish you could possibly make for the occasion.  It takes literally 5 minutes to get it ready to be thrown into the old slow cooker.  That’s my kind of meal!

The saltiness of the sauerkraut goes great with an ice cold glass of Beck’s and a slice of buttered rye bread.

Slow Cooker Sausage with Bavarian Sauerkraut

I’m pretty sure sauerkraut is a love/hate type of food.  I personally love the Bavarian style sauerkraut, and I always eat some right out of the can when I make this dish.  :)

Do you love sauerkraut… or not so much?

Rachael xo

4.8 from 4 reviews
[Oktoberfest] Slow Cooker Sausage with Bavarian Sauerkraut
Serves: 6
  • 4 (14-oz) cans Bavarian style sauerkraut (I like Frank's sweet Bavarian style with caraway seeds)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 26 ounces- 2 pounds kielbasa sausage, precooked and cut into 3 inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  1. In bottom of stoneware, layer 2 cans of sauerkraut (with juices from can), half of the onion slices, ¼ teaspoon celery seed, and half of the sausage pieces. Repeat for the next layer.
  2. Cover and cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 6-8 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Variation: The sauerkraut can make this a very salty dish. To cut back on the amount of salt, if desired- drain and rinse the sauerkraut and replace the sauerkraut liquid with 2 cups of water or 2 cups of German beer.

Recipe adapted from Crock-Pot.com

23 comments… add one

  • Monet October 5, 2012, 5:38 pm

    I adore sauerkraut…and I want to learn to make my own. But until then, I’ll pick up a jar and make this for friends. What a satisfying recipe! Thank you for sharing…and whetting my appetite for dinner. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Rachael October 5, 2012, 5:54 pm

      Hi Monet! Thanks for stopping by! I’m actually eating the leftovers of this right now. :)

  • Jamie G October 7, 2012, 8:09 am

    I love sauerkraut. I get the kind without the caraway seeds. I agree with Monet, I want to make my own sauerkraut someday. It is on my growing list of things I want to try to make myself.

    • Rachael October 7, 2012, 12:55 pm

      Yeah, I’ve got a long list myself! :)

  • Bill October 7, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Truth be told, I was in charge of starting the crock pot before leaving for work, and I set it on high instead of low. It still tasted good, but Rachael didn’t deem it blogworthy. So she ended up making a second batch. The blog’s loss was my gain and I have been enjoying the leftovers for days now. I like it with spicy brown mustard on a slice of pumpernickel. Yum!

  • Betty October 7, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I love it. Love it with pork, love it with brats. I even like it plain.
    This looks like a great recipe!

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle October 8, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I adore sauerkraut! What a perfect meal for Oktoberfest!

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 8, 2012, 4:38 pm

    This looks delicious! I need to make myself cook more with sauerkraut. It is such a great ingredient.

    • Rachael October 8, 2012, 5:02 pm

      I totally agree with you on that Julia! :)

  • cquek October 9, 2012, 9:44 am

    OMG – simply gorgeous. Your styling is exquisite…!

  • cquek October 9, 2012, 9:46 am

    omg i would love to try it

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 10, 2012, 4:59 pm

    This Mexican girl loves-loves German food. Rachel you’ve made my mouth water so much. Thanks for sharing it looks scrumptious!

  • Nicole October 11, 2012, 9:49 am

    That recipe looks like something my hubs would LOVE.

  • Amy (Savory Moments) October 13, 2012, 7:08 am

    We love German food and especially sauerkraut! This looks delicious and a perfect way to celebrate Oktoberfest! Yum!

    • Rachael October 13, 2012, 11:49 am

      We think so, too… Thanks Amy!

  • Matt October 15, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Great site and post, Rachael. My wife and I love this time of year because it’s perfect Crock Pot weather. I’m also enthusiastic about any recipe that works in beer.

    • Rachael October 16, 2012, 9:47 am

      Beer is good! Thanks for stopping by, Matt! :)

  • Kristen @ The Endless Meal October 16, 2012, 8:00 pm

    I haven’t tried sauerkraut in years but this recipe makes me want to give it another chance :)

    • Rachael October 17, 2012, 1:36 pm

      Just do it Kristen, you know you want to! :)

  • katie October 20, 2012, 10:59 am

    Yes please! This looks amazing. I’m all for crock pot recipes–especially in the fall!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 7, 2013, 10:33 am

    This is my kind of comfort meal during the autumn. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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