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Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Kielbasa with wooden mixing spoon

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

Course Dinner
Cuisine German
Keyword crock pot sauerkraut and kielbasa recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 452 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 (32 oz) jar Sauerkraut, draining & rinsing is optional (don't drain if you like it tart)
  • 2 lbs Kielbasa Smoked Sausage*, cut in 1 1/2" rounds
  • 1 lg Apple, chopped
  • 1 med Sweet Onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Apple Cider, or Apple Juice (not vinegar)
  • 1 cup Water, or beer (omit if NOT draining jar of sauerkraut)
  • 1-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar (to taste)


  1. Add the sauerkraut, kielbasa, apple, onion, caraway seeds, and garlic to the slow cooker crock. Stir.

  2. In a separate container mix together the apple cider, water, and brown sugar. Pour over the sauerkraut mixture.

  3. Cook on High for 4 hours, or Low for 6-7 hours.

Recipe Notes

*You can add other ingredients like bacon, pierogis, cubed potato, etc.