Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

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Bratwurst slow cooked all day in sauerkraut, spices and beer, served on toasted hoagies with Reuben sauce and Swiss cheese.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

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Love Reubens?  Did you know that the Reuben sandwich originated right here in Omaha, Nebraska?  Yep! Right here in my own hometown.

“Reuben Kulakofsky, a Jewish Lithuanian-born grocer residing in Omaha, Nebraska, was the inventor, perhaps as part of a group effort by members of Kulakofsky’s weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel from around 1920 through 1935. The participants, who nicknamed themselves “the committee”, included the hotel’s owner, Charles Schimmel. The sandwich first gained local fame when Schimmel put it on the Blackstone’s lunch menu, and its fame spread when a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe. In Omaha, March 14 was proclaimed as Reuben Sandwich Day.” – Source Wikipedia

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats - An Affair from the Heart

These Reuben Style Brats are the best of two worlds, with the added benefit of using your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Meals = Easy

These make a great meal at home, or in my opinion, make a great football watch party meal.  Prepping everything ahead, then when it’s half time, pop them in the oven to toast for 10 minutes.

Done and Done.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

To prep, simply brown your brats in a skillet.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Slow cook them all day in Frank’s Sauerkraut, beer and spices.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Mix up a Reuben spread, a mixture for a dressing, complete with chopped Corned Beef.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Spread the sauce over hoagie rolls.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Top with Swiss cheese, and one of the slow cooked brats and sauerkraut.  Bake for about 10 minutes.

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Get ready to dive in!

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I have MANY sauerkraut recipes on my blog, It’s not just good .. it is so good for you.  Did you know?

“Sauerkraut is full of probiotics. We know that our intestines are full of beneficial bacteria, and taking supplements or eating certain foods (often fermented foods, such as sauerkraut) that are known to be high in probiotics can help digestion. Probiotic foods are especially helpful during and after antibiotic use, when many good bacteria are killed.

Sauerkraut contains isothiocyanate compounds to help fight cancer. Isothiocyanate compounds are known to “reduce activation of carcinogens and increase their detoxification.”  Diets high in sauerkraut have even been linked to lower cancer rates, though more research needs to be done to prove anything conclusively.

Sauerkraut has tons of Vitamin C. You know that Vitamin C is good for you – it helps with the production of collagen and connective tissue. You may not have known, however, that sauerkraut is absolutely full of the stuff. Fermented cabbage has been used throughout history as a reliable source of Vitamin C.” Source:

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

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Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

Bratwurst slow cooked all day in sauerkraut, spices and beer, served on toasted hoagies with Reuben sauce and Swiss cheese.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Additional Time14 hours 51 minutes
Total Time15 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 926kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


For the Brats:

  • 8 uncooked Bratwurst
  • 1 12 ounce bottle beer (could sub water or apple juice)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 pound Frank's sauerkraut drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 8 hoagie rolls
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup deli corned beef chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion I used dry
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • sprinkling of black pepper


  • Brown brats in a skillet on all sides. Place in slow cooker.
  • Drain sauerkraut, pour over the brats, add onion, sprinkle with caraway seeds. Pour beer over the top. Cook on low 7-9 hours. Making sure bratwursts are cooked though.
  • Prepare the sauce by combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to assemble.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread Reuben sauce on hoagies, top with Swiss cheese slice, add one cooked brat, top with sauerkraut and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until rolls are toasted and cheese is melted. Serve hot.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 2110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g

Slow Cooked Reuben Style Brats

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