Crockpot Beer Brats

crockpot bratwurst

You know that tournament that started today, the one that always starts in March, that everybody’s mad about? Have you made your picks yet? You can make real time edits to your brackets using Realtime Brackets from SB Nation. Some people pick colleges based on football wins, others based on previous year’s wins, or other athlete stats. But no matter how you predict who will end up in the Final Four, it’s going to be fun to pick and watch to see who wins!

And while you enjoy watching all those exciting basketball games, you’ve got to eat, right? And just because you’re relaxing in your Lazy Boy in the comfort of your home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy tailgate favorites like these delicious Johnsonville Brats. You can bring the tailgate party indoors by making these simple beer brats in your crock pot. Make as little or as much as you want for a big Basketball Party!

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For these brats, I first grilled them on my grill. But you can also use an indoor grill pan, or just sear them in a skillet. Next, just transfer the cooked brats into your slow cooker with some bell peppers and onions. Then you’re going to have to sacrifice a few beers and pour them over the brats. Turn your slow cooker on low and you’re brats will be ready in about 2 hours. I really love this recipe because you can keep leftover brats warm in the crockpot throughout the game.

These brats are more than amazing, and you an your guests will absolutely love them. We like to serve them with sauerkraut, chopped salad, lots of potato chips, baked beans and of course, beer.

bratwurst with buns and vegetables

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Yield: Serves 4

Crockpot Beer Brats

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  • 3-4 cans (12 ounces each) beer (depending on the size of your slow cooker)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced  in rings
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced in rings
  • Johnsonville Brats



Pour in the beer, add butter & onions first, then turn slow cooker on high

Heat a grill, grill pan or heavy skillet to medium high and grill or sear the brats on all sides (Brats are fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 160F)

Add your Johnsonville Brats to the slow cooker and heat until the brats are cooked through, about 2 hours.

Reduce heat to low to keep the brats hot throughout the game.

When folks are ready for seconds or thirds -- or even when stragglers show up late --grab a Johnsonville Brat out of this indoor hot tub and enjoy!

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  14 Responses to “Crockpot Beer Brats”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — March 17, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    These are so good and absolutely loving cooking them in the slow cooker.

  2. Cookin Canuck — March 18, 2015 @ 11:42 am

    I’m imagining how good these would taste after steeping in beer for a couple of hours…and now I’m salivating. Great idea!

  3. Brats have always been my favorite wurst. YUM! These look great.

  4. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — March 18, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    My husband would eat this all March long!

  5. Stephanie — March 18, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

    Crockpots are lifesavers, aren’t they? My husband would love these!

  6. The Food Hunter — March 18, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    I’ve never tried it in the crockpot. thanks for sharing

  7. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — March 18, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

    Great game day food here!! I love cooking with my crock pot – it’s such a time saver.

  8. LOVE that you made this in the crock pot…..totally doing this for dinner this week.

  9. Lana | Never Enough Thyme — March 18, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

    What a great idea! I love that you used the grill to get a good char and then transferred to the slow cooker to finish cooking and hold throughout the game. Trying this next fall for Oktoberfest 🙂

  10. [email protected] — March 18, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

    I absolutely love using my crockpot and these look fantastic!

  11. [email protected] Mom — March 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am

    My guys love brats and making this in the crock pot is even better!

  12. Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — March 19, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Oh, my fiance would be ALL OVER this recipe. He loves beer and brats.

  13. Nutmeg Nanny — March 20, 2015 @ 12:40 am

    Beer brats are my jam! I love that you took all that flavor and put it in the slow cooker ot make it even easier! LOVE!

  14. Anita — March 21, 2015 @ 12:48 am

    Why have I not heard of soaking brats in beer before! Gotta make these for my hubby!

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