Most of my family lives in Wisconsin. Besides the Packers, Wisconsin is known for their beer, brats, and cheese. In this slow cooker beer brats recipe, I am going to teach you the tricks I have learned on how to cook the most delicious crockpot beer brats and onions you will ever make!
Slow Cooker Beer Brats and Onions
I was fortunate again to be asked to write an article for City View Magazine in Fayetteville, NC. It is such a beautiful magazine and it is so exciting to have an opportunity to see my recipes and food photography in print! I was asked to create recipes cooking with wine and beer for their Food & Wine Issue. This was such a fun article to write. I included this Slow Cooker Beer Brats and Onions recipe, my Port Wine Cheese Ball, and Easy Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread Recipe.
The perfect Brats
Wisconsin natives have their own tricks to making the perfect brats. Some people cook them in beer and onions before grilling them and others grill the brats first. I prefer grilling my brats first to lock in the crispy skin.
I then cook them in my slow cooker long and slow in my beer sauce to let the brats and onions absorb that amazing beer flavor.
This is an opportunity to cook with a really good flavored beer. Some people use a cheap light beer, but the brats can handle a flavorful beer. I like to use a locally brewed hoppy craft beer from Dirtbag Ales. Dirtbag Ales is a great little brewery located in Hope Mills, NC. If you have the opportunity to visit the place; the beer is good, the atmosphere is fun, and they usually have a food truck serving amazing food to fill you up. (Who does’t love food truck food?)
Take a look at these slow cooker beer brats…. They taste as good as they look. You will love this slow cooker beer brats recipe! And when you make these crockpot brats, you will agree that these are indeed the best beer brats and onions recipe ever! xoxo
Step by Step video tutorial for crockpot beer brats
Watch a video tutorial on how to cook crockpot beer brats and onions located in the recipe card!
The Best Slow Cooker Beer Brats with Onions Recipe
- 4 onions
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 local beers
- 12 brats
- ½ cup sweet barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- Slice onions into thick rings.
- Sauté onions in butter until softened, but not completely cooked. Do not caramelize.
- In a mixing bowl, combine barbecue sauce, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce. Mix well.
- Add onions to Crockpot.
- Pour barbecue sauce mixture over onions and mix well.
- Grill Brats about 3 minutes on each side to crisp the outer skin.
- Add Brats to Crockpot.
- Pour beer over onions and brats.
- Cook in Crockpot 6 to 7 hours on low.