Crock Pot Beer Brats for a Crowd

Summer entertaining just got easier! Summer grilling just got easier! Slow cook Brats in your crockpot and then just pop them on the grill to finish them off. This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled in a 6-qt crock pot.

A pinnable image of a grilled brat in a soft bun topped with a zig-zag of spicy brown mustard.

As if making brats wasn’t already easy enough, now it’s even easier thanks to your Crock Pot! *Mic drop*  

Why spend time standing over the hot grill when you could be watching every vital play of the big game. With these Crock Pot Beer Brats, you can easily feed a crowd with minimal effort. Toss them on the grill during a commercial break for a quick browning on each side and still be back in time for the next play. Score! 

A crock pot filled with brats, onions and sauerkraut.

These Crock Pot Beer Brats take just a couple of hours on high So I just pop them in after breakfast, and I’m ready to get grilling for kickoff. Best thing is this recipe is easily doubled or tripled depending on your crowd. I add sauerkraut to mine but if you’re not a fan, simply omit it. No harm no foul.  

A plate of grilled brats on top of braised onions and sauerkraut.

You can also opt to grill them off and then pop them back into that beer bath to keep them piping hot for the crowd. I like that people can serve themselves this way and I spend less time hosting the game and more time watching it!

A grilled brat on a bun with a zig-zag of spicy brown mustard

So easy, right?

an up-close photo of a bratwurst in a bun with spicey brown mustard; a bite has been taken.

Give Crock Pot Beer Brats a try! 

A grilled bratwurst in a soft bun topped with a zig-zag of spicy brown mustard.

Crock Pot Beer Brats for a Crowd with (or without) Sauerkraut

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Summer grilling just got easier! Slow cook Brats in your crockpot and then just pop them on the grill to finish them off.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 330 kcal


  • 5 brats (I used fresh brats – 5 in a package) [See Notes 1, 2]
  • 3 bottles beer (I used German Warsteiner Premium Pilsener) [See Note 3, 4]
  • 1 large sweet onion , sliced thinly
  • 3 garlic cloves , peeled and minced
  • 1 bag sauerkraut , drained [See Note 5]
  • 1 teaspoon salt , more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon course black pepper , more or less to taste
  • 1 package split top brat buns

Optional garnishes:

  • Ketchup , spicy brown mustard
  • German mustard


  • Layer the drained sauerkraut on the bottom of the crock pot. Then add the sliced onion. Place the brats on top. Add the two bottles of beer, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 hours on HIGH heat, then reduce heat to low to keep warm. Remove brats from slow cooker [paid link]. Grill brats for 2-3 minutes per side and either serve immediately or place back in slow cooker [paid link] to keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Serve brats on a bun with optional garnishes.


1). This recipe is easily doubled, or tripled.
2). Keep the brat casings intact. Do not poke holes in the casing. They will become dry.
3). A strongly flavored beer will overwhelm the flavor of the brats.
4). If you prefer not to use beer, use chicken stock or Apple juice. It will have a different flavor but will still be delicious.
5). Sauerkraut may be omitted.


Serving: 1bratCalories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 11gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1102mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 3µgCalcium: 57mgFolate: 30µgIron: 1mgZinc: 2mg
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8 thoughts on “Crock Pot Beer Brats for a Crowd”

  1. we hosted game day and this was a hit with the guys. It also kept me from standing over the grill. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Perfect for game day. The guests love the build your own brat bar.

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  3. This was a great idea for our backyard barbecue. It really made getting the brats cooked at the same time as the other food SO easy!

  4. We made this. We tripled the recipe and used Angry Orchard Beer. Omitted the sauerkrat. What an easy way to make brats for gameday! Thanks for the recipe.


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