Crockpot Beer Brats are so easy to make that they’re sure to be on the menu year round! Prep in minutes, cook, and grill just before serving.
Crockpot Beer Brats
Start by slow cooking the meat in a mixture of beer and spices to create the most flavorful juicy sausages you have ever eaten.
Once they are done, toss your crockpot beer brats on the grill just long enough to infuse a smoky, caramelized flavor, then top with a healthy serving of savory onions.
And if you can’t get enough of that onion flavor, try this amazing French onion soup topped with cheesy baguette slices.
Slow Cooker Brats – Tips and Tricks
- Use a pale ale. I prefer Blue Moon, but feel free to use your favorite. Just avoid anything with a strong flavor since it will overpower the meat.
- Don’t poke holes! All of the delicious flavor will escape if you do. Since you are cooking brats in a slow cooker, you don’t need to worry about them bursting open.
- Feeding a crowd? Easily double or triple the recipe as long as your crockpot is large enough!
- Cook down the onions. This isn’t necessary, but it can concentrate the flavor and help thicken the liquid.
Leave the slow cooker on high with the lid off, or transfer to a saucepan and simmer on the stove.
Crock Pot Beer Brats Serving Suggestions
These are delicious with all of your favorite cookout sides! I even have this smoked brats recipe that is amazing!
Beer Brats In Crock Pot FAQs
There is nothing that can replicate the flavor of the ale, but you could use a low sodium chicken broth instead if you don’t mind them tasting different.
Some readers have also had success with non-alcoholic varieties or a few cans of ginger ale!
If kept tightly wrapped or in a sealed container, the slow cooker brats should keep for up to 4 days.
While the options are endless for brats in a slow cooker, these are some common combinations.
Classic: Sauerkraut and spicy mustard. This traditional combination offers a tangy, flavorful contrast to the richness of the crock pot beer brats.
Caramelized onions: Slowly cook thinly sliced onions in butter or oil until they are soft and golden brown, adding a touch of sweetness.
Beer cheese sauce: Melt cheddar or another meltable cheese with some beer, mustard, and garlic for a rich, flavorful topping.
Grilled peppers and onions: Add some color and texture to your brats with a mix of grilled bell peppers and onions.
Chili and cheese: Smother your brats with chili and shredded cheddar cheese for a hearty, comforting dish.
Aside from just reheating and enjoying them the next day, you can chop them up and include them in plenty of other recipes.
Toss some into homemade chili or add a handful to your breakfast eggs. They’re delicious in soups and stews or layered into a grilled cheese sandwich too!
Other Crockpot Recipes
Crockpot Beer Brats + Video
- 6 original brats, I used Johnsonville
- 24 ounces beer (I used Blue Moon), 2 12 ounce bottles
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon course black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 2 hours on high heat, reduce heat to low. Remove brats from slow cooker. Grill brats (or toss in a skillet) until you have sear marks (which gives you that yummy grilled taste) and place back in slow cooker until ready to serve.
- Serve brats on a bun of your choice. Hoagie roll or big sesame seed buns are my favorite. Top with the crockpot beer onions and your favorite toppings (cheese, ketchup or mustard are our staples).
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2015, updated and republished April 2023
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