Crock Pot Sauerkraut Supper

"Feeding a bunch of people at a potluck? Like sauerkraut and sausage? Then you'll like this one. :) It feeds a lot of people, so make sure you've got a *large* crock pot (or put it in two smaller ones)..."
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Ready In:
4hrs 20mins




  • In a colander over the sink, drain then rinse the sauerkraut well with cool water, allow to drain for 5 to 10 minutes; repeat at least once.
  • While sauerkraut is draining, cut the bacon into small pieces then in a large pan over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.
  • While bacon is cooking, cut up the apple (s), pear (if using), onion, celery, and sausage.
  • When the bacon is done, remove the cooked bacon from the pan and set aside; add olive oil and butter to bacon drippings and let butter melt.
  • Sprinkle the flour into the dripping mixture while stirring and cook until golden and bubbly, then add the brown sugar, garlic, and Dijon and cook for another minute, then gradually stir in the hard cider and cook- seasoning to taste with salt and pepper- until the sauce thickens, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Combine all prepared ingredients- drained/rinsed sauerkraut, chopped fruits/vegetables, bacon, sausage, and sauce- in a large crock pot (or 2 smaller ones) and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • This makes a very large batch, serving about 16 to 18 people as a main dish- good for big potlucks!

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  1. Wow - absolutely fabulous! We took it to a potluck, and it disappeared quickly. Great combo of flavors! The only change I made was using regular apple cider. I have made kielbasa with German wine, but I wanted to stay as close to the recipe as possible. I used the Granny Smith apple and a large ripe pear. I'm going to get hard cider for the next time. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for posting, Julesong!
  2. I made this recipe this past fall while my mom was visiting. While it cooked in the crock-pot, we went on an excursion to the Amish area near Berlin and Charm, Ohio. All I can say is that it was a perfect way to end such an incredible and memorable autumn day with my mom. I did not and would not want to change a thing!
  3. Magnificent sauerkraut with a hearty flavor to the whole dish makes this recipe 5*. Because it makes so much and my crockpot isn't that big, I cut the ingredients in half, except for the onions and celery, then followed the instructions to the letter until I got to the hard cider which I didn't have and unfortunately subbed with lowly apple juice. As my crockpot was doing it's job over the 6 hours, everyone in the neighborhood must have been able to smell the sauerkraut through the open kitchen window. What an aroma. I think it was the combination of apples, brownsugar and mustard that we loved with the sausage and sauerkraut..a mixture I'll use again and again. I had one measly serving leftover that I didn't know what to do with and turned it into an unusual, but delicious soup, adding chopped cabbage, potatoes, carrots, noodles and broth to the leftovers. The wonderful flavors of this dish carried right over into the soup and we got two excellent meals from this great recipe. Another crockpot winner from Julesong...thanks!
  4. too sweet for me and the sausage really falls apart. 3.5 stars
  5. Savory and delicious.


  1. Mde this for our dinner yesterday and we both really enjoyed it. I cut the recipe in half as there are only two of us and I have frozen half of that as well. (something to look forward to on one of those cold winter's days) I did everything exactly as the recipe stated except I used apple juice instead of cider. This was delicious served with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Thanks for posting!


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