Slow Cooker Beer Brats
If you know me you know I don’t drink beer. At all. I gave it the good old college try, in well you guessed it, college. Beer was cheap and my measly student budget was practically non existent so beer was the obvious choice but alas I could never choke it down so I made friends with Jim and Jack instead and just saw them on a less frequent basis.
My dislike of drinking beer hasn’t changed after all these years. I don’t however have a problem cooking with beer. Kind of like how I’m not a fan of cucumbers but like pickles. I know. I know, ’tis weird but it works for me. What also works for me are these slow cooker beer brats.
While you might be used to grilling brats, don’t discount this slow cooker method. It’s quick, convenient and works great for parties. Maybe you’re having a party or get together to celebrate that big tournament going on at the moment. You know the one in MARCH that people are MAD about. That one.
Basketball, that is something I do know a little about. I played in high school. I had a mean jump shot, which happens to still come in handy when I’m thrown a challenge. Nothing but net baby.
This slow cooker method takes about 2 hours but once it’s in the cooker you can set it and forget it. We start off with BEER. Because I know nothing about beer (back to that whole I don’t drink it thing) I picked a North Carolina brew because well I live in North Carolina, I liked the bottle and well because it seems that basketball teams from North Carolina seem to be pretty good at the whole dribble and shooting thing. It made perfect sense in my head. You can however use what beer floats your boat.
Because I like the grilled look and taste of Johnsonville Brats, I started them off on the grill pan getting them nice and toasty. Everything else goes into the slow cooker and then the branded brats join in the fun. 2 hours later you’ve got yourself a party. Just turn your cooker to warm and enjoy them when you’re ready.
Top your Johnsonville Brats with the onions from the slow cooker, maybe a little sauerkraut or even grilled peppers. It’s your party, top ’em how you like ’em.
Now all that’s left is decide who you’re inviting and who you’re routing for!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Johnsonville, I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. Recipe adapted from Johnsonville.
Slow Cooker Beer Brats
- 2 bottles beer
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into rings
- 1 package Johnsonville Brats
- 5 potato buns
- Place beer and mustard into slow cooker. Mix to combine. Add butter and onions. Set slow cooker to medium high heat.
- Place brats onto a hot grill pan and brown on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker.
- Cook for approximately 2 hours or until cooked through.
- Serve brats on potato bun. Top with onions from slow cooker.
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There’s nothing better than beer brats, and these look amazing! Especially with potato rolls, my favorite!
Martha @ A Family Feast says
This looks like the perfect party food – and made in the slow cooker – even better!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
I also am not too fond of beer but LOVE cooking with it. This looks amazing!
The Food Hunter says
I love Johnsonville! Great recipe
bev @ bevcooks says
SO DIGGING this idea. My hubs does too, natch.
claire @the realistic nutritionist says
Give me all the beer brats!!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
Beer brats are some of our favorite things. I especially like them with plenty of grainy mustard, but Dijon works too!
Cookin Canuck says
What a great idea to cook brats in the slow cooker, especially in beer! This would be perfect Super Bowl grub.
Heather | girlichef says
We eat a LOT of beer brats around here in the summer and fall (just happens that way). And Johnsonville is my favorite. These sound perfect!
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
I love how you did this in the slow cooker! Time to pull mine out!
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker says
These would be a HUGE hit with my extended family!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
bahahah when I pick out beer for a recipe I also go by how much I like the bottle. lol Love it!
Kim Beaulieu says
I’m the same way, I hate beer for drinking but it rocks hard for cooking. I love this recipe. I could chow down on this all the live long day.
Nutmeg Nanny says
These look delicious! LOVE the flavor of brats….yum!
Rose | The Clean Dish says
We’re exactly the same – I don’t drink beer but I like to cook with it! Beer just makes me feel bloated and overall, I don’t enjoy the flavor that much. Slow cooker beer brats — genius!! I bet these tasted uh-amzing!!
Love beer. Love brats. Love them even more when they hang together. This looks like perfection.