These are the best and easiest brats you'll ever taste.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
4 hrs 5 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bratwurst, beer, onion, and ketchup in a slow cooker. Pour water over mixture until everything is covered. Set slow cooker to HIGH and cook for 4 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.

  • Grill bratwurst on preheated grill until they are browned, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

377 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 12.8g 4% DV; fat 27.4g 42% DV; cholesterol 69.2mg 23% DV; sodium 1046.2mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (58)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2008
Great! I have made these a few times and throughly cooked in the slow cooker with out finishing on the grill. They taste fantastic and I am highly pleased with the simplicity of the ingredients. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/23/2008
I'm sorry but I just didn't like the taste OR the texture of these! They had a very heavy beer taste and were tender. Guess I'm just used to my brats being grilled all the way. My husband even said too much beer taste. I used Icehouse beer don't know if that was why. My suggestion would be to maybe only use 1 beer and some chicken broth?? Thanks anyway!! Read More
(12)
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2008
Great! I have made these a few times and throughly cooked in the slow cooker with out finishing on the grill. They taste fantastic and I am highly pleased with the simplicity of the ingredients. Read More
(97)
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2008
very good...I used the broiler also... beats standing out in the cold for an hour. I only used 1 beer also/ I drank the other 5.. Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2007
I was a little skeptical about this one but they turned out great. I only used one beer. I didn't feel like grilling so I put them in the broiler instead. The whole family loved this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2007
I picked this recipe because it looked easy and I had everything. I started to worry while it cooked because the hot cooking beer smell isnt exactly appetizing to me...but the end result is super! Used one bottle of Mexican beer (all I had) and a yellow onion...grilled for color for about five minutes afterwards. Next time I'm trying the suggested Guinness and red onion...bet its great! Read More
(45)
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2012
I make this a lot during the summer. HUGE hit with the boys. I like to serve it with homemade coleslaw to slop on top and homemade jo-jo's. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2008
These are fantastic! I put the brats into the crock pot about four hours before half-time of the football. Then two minutes before the half we fired up the grill. I served them on hard rolls with Bavarian style sauerkraut and the onions that were in the crock pot. My only suggestion would be to add more onions so you can have more for the topping. (I also used about 12 brats but didn't have to double the beer since it almost covered the them.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2007
Very simple and quick. The brats couldn't have been more tender and tasty. We had them on brat buns and the baked beans we had with them were delicious with kraut on top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2012
Overall not bad...but probably not something I'd make again. My husband is a fan of bratwurst and since this had so few ingredients and looked so simple I thought I'd give this a try. On top of that there's no shortage of beer in this house so I was able to convince my husband to give up a bottle - LOL. So for a package of 5 brats I used one bottle vs. two with one whole onion thick sliced and half ketchup half tomato-based chili sauce along with some minced garlic and a bit of dry mustard. I cooked this on high for 4 hours and they really didn't need to be finished on the grill because they were done. I thickened up the "sauce" that was in the crock pot with a little cornstarch and by leaving the top off. Overall my husband thought they were pretty good on rolls. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2007
These were quick and very good. I used Guinness and a red onion. I also used regular ketchup and spicy ketchup combined and then put them under the broiler. They were great. Can't wait to do them on the grill. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
04/23/2008
I'm sorry but I just didn't like the taste OR the texture of these! They had a very heavy beer taste and were tender. Guess I'm just used to my brats being grilled all the way. My husband even said too much beer taste. I used Icehouse beer don't know if that was why. My suggestion would be to maybe only use 1 beer and some chicken broth?? Thanks anyway!! Read More
(12)