5brats(I used fresh brats - 5 in a package) [See Notes 1, 2]
3bottles beer(I used German Warsteiner Premium Pilsener) [See Note 3, 4]
1large sweet onion, sliced thinly
3garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1bag sauerkraut, drained [See Note 5]
1teaspoonsalt, more or less to taste
1teaspooncourse black pepper, more or less to taste
1package split top brat buns
Ketchup, spicy brown 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. Grill brats for 2-3 minutes per side and either serve immediately or place back in slow cooker 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.