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How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot

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author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Germany has more than 50 varieties of bratwurst; each region of the country specializes in its own type, from the 10-inch Coburger bratwurst traditionally seasoned with nutmeg and lemon zest, to the 3-inch Nurnberger served with potato salad and horseradish. Prepared from a mixture of pork and veal, all bratwurst comes in one of two forms: raw or pre-cooked. Both can be made in a slow cooker, though the required cooking time will vary. Bratwurst is high in cholesterol, total fat, saturated fat and sodium. Eat bratwurst only occasionally and in moderation to make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Pre-Cooked Bratwurst

Step 1

How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Leave pre-cooked bratwurst sausage whole or slice the links into 1/2-inch pieces. Place the bratwurst into the slow cooker.

Step 2

How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Add seasonings, a liquid such as beer or apple cider and fruits or vegetables like apple slices, sauerkraut, unsweetened cranberry sauce or chopped onions, if desired. Stir to distribute the ingredients evenly in the slow cooker.

Step 3

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Allow bratwurst without added fruits or vegetables to cook on the slow cooker's high setting for approximately two hours. Plan on cooking bratwurst mixed with chopped produce and liquid for at least five hours on the high setting or nine hours on the low setting.

Fresh Bratwurst

Step 1

How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Top fresh, raw bratwurst links with sauteed onions and a mixture of rinsed and drained sauerkraut, whole-grain mustard, light brown sugar and dark beer in the slow cooker. Plan on 4 cups of sauerkraut and 24 ounces of beer for 10 uncooked bratwurst links.

Step 2

How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Allow the fresh bratwurst mixture to cook on the low setting for eight hours or on the high setting for four hours.

Step 3

How to Cook Bratwurst in a Crock Pot
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Check the internal temperature of the bratwurst with a meat thermometer. Serve the bratwurst and vegetables after the sausage reaches 165 degrees F.

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