German Dinner in the Slow Cooker

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German Dinner in the Slow Cooker

German Dinner in the Slow Cooker

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8


  • 2 rings smoked sausage - sliced into 3 inch pieces
  • 2 pounds sauerkraut
  • 8 to 12 red potatoes - washed and halved or quartered depending on the size
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 strips bacon - cooked and crumbled
  • 2 apples - cored and sliced
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces) beer
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds - optional


  • Place potatoes in slow cooker.
  • Next add onion, apples, kraut, and bacon.
  • Place sausage on top.
  • Pour in beer, brown sugar and caraway seeds.
  • Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours or until the potatoes are tender.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 1283mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. Dear Amy
    I have made this many times since finding your recipe, especially during the winter holidays. It is a delicious stick to your ribs kinda meal.this year I am making it with a dry hard apple cider.

  2. Amy. This seems like a lot. How many servings is this? Would like to make it for 4, would that be half?

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      I’d say this serves 5 to 6. You could cut it in half but I’m not sure it would be enough for 4 hungry people. Up to you. Thanks!

  3. Hi Amy! Going to make this today, but wondering about cutting the sausage in 3 inch pieces?
    They look thinner on the picture. Thanks!

  4. Getting it ready for tomorrow. I am going to try it with beer brats, since they were in sale. Hope it comes out good!,

  5. I love this recipe. I don’t drink beer so I put in chicken stock. My crockpot doesn’t fit the whole recipe so I put in everything but the smoked sausage. I brown the smoked sausage and add later on in the cooking process when there is more room. I used Granny Smith apples.

  6. Judy Eickert says:

    This is one of my favorite recipes from your second cookbook. The apples are a tasty surprise with the kraut. Can’t wait for your next cookbook.

  7. Made this recipe last night for our small group meeting from church. I browned 1/2 of the onion with the bacon and – at the suggestion of my husband – browned the sausage. Everyone loved it – except the one man who won’t eat sauerkraut (his wife brought a separate meal for him). ;D

  8. I make this yesterday and it is delicious. The apple gives it a little sweetness with the sauerkraut. Next time I will put an extra apple in it. Love your recipes.

  9. we made this dish the family enjoyed
    it very much

  10. I am making it right now! I used Miller beer because that was what I had at home. Next time I will try Heineken;)
    Can you skip brown sugar? If you don’t have it, is it OK to use regular sugar?
    I rinsed my sauerkraut because it had a really strong taste.
    Can’t wait to try it!?

    Oh, are you supposed to stir it?

    1. Hi Meggie,

      Yes, you can skip the brown sugar if you want. Stir it after it’s done. Enjoy!


  11. Barbara Hawkins says:

    I may have to use something else instead of beer. I think it will be hard to get my husband to part with 2 bottles of beer !!

    1. Barbara,
      You can use a little apple juice mixed with water instead of beer. Chicken stock also works well.


  12. Amy:
    This sounds very good. I’m going to try it. Thank you! 🙂
    For those wanting a substitute for the beer. I am a celiac (wheat allergy) and I usually use an inexpensive white wine or tomato juice for stew & chili recipes calling for beer. You could also use white grape juice or unsweetened apple juice. Individual pallet and the recipe will dictate the choice. Have fun with it! There are GF beers but they’re pricey.

  13. Going to make this today. Can Bavarian kraut be used?

  14. What can you use instead of the beer? Also can you clarify the sausage because you have that listed twice for the ingredients.

  15. Tara Pena says:

    What could you use in place of the beer?

  16. Debbie Knapp says:

    WONDERFUL!!!!!! My husband was skeptical when I told him about this recipe, but he just put down 2 helpings and is still saying how good it was! We are going to try adding other veggies to it (carrots, rutabagas).

  17. sue clark says:

    what kind of beer is best to use?

    1. You can use any kind of beer. German beer would be nice but I just use the cheap stuff.

  18. sue clark says:

    what are the best apples to use? can bavarian sauerkraut be used?

    1. Whatever you have. I like to use crisper apples, rather than the baking ones.

  19. Lara Roehl says:

    I didn’t drain my kraut, and I added a whole lot more potatoes and it is ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

  20. Rose Minar says:

    Should kraut be washed and drained?