Slow-Cooked Reuben Brats Recipe

Slow-cooker Reuban Brats

Slow-cooker Reuban Brats

Sauerkraut gives these beer-simmered brats a big flavor boost, but it’s the special chili sauce and melted cheese that puts them over the top. Top your favorite burger with some of the chili sauce; you won’t be sorry.—Alana Simmons, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 10 uncooked Johnsonville® Original Bratwurst
  • 3 cans (12 ounces each) light beer ornonalcoholic beer
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 hoagie buns, split
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese

Crock Pot Recipes – Balsamic Chicken Thighs


Simple enough for any weeknight meal. Delicious enough for company. With a few ingredients and 4 hours in your crock pot you have have the most tender, mouthwatering chicken the whole family will love!

Pair it with any side dishes you like. It makes a nice light sauce so some healthy brown rice pasta would work well.
Or if you are avoiding potatoes at the moment add some nice veggies or salads.
Using boneless chicken thighs is best for perfect tender and juicy chicken, but of course you could always use chicken breast if you’re not a fan of dark meat. My family loved this chicken and each child asked for seconds of it which rarely ever happens! Don’t be worried about the balsamic flavor, it is subtle and not strong at all. The kids will only notice how moist and tasty the chicken is, I promise!

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken Thighs
Crock Pot Recipe Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Cook time 4 hours
Prep time 5 mins


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 24 ounces) sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley


  1. Combine the first five dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Pour olive oil and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot.
  4. Place chicken on top.
  5. Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve.

Balsamic Chicken Thighs recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore(Crock Pot)

A quick and easy way to make an old favourite. Slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore. Crock pot Chicken Cacciatore.

3 lbs chicken, cut into pieces
28 oz can San Marzano crushed tomatoes, with juice
1 small sweet onion, diced, about 1 cup
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, your favorite
1/2 cup red wine, optional
minced garlic, to taste
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, see recipe below
Salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Parmesan cheese

Turn on slow cooker or crock pot to low, add chicken. Cover with tomatoes, onion, sweet peppers, mushrooms, wine, garlic, herbs, spices and pepper flakes. Cook all day long, 6 to 8 hours.

Serve over your favorite cooked pasta or rice. Top with Parmesan Cheese. Enjoy!

Variation: cut chicken into bite size pieces