Best Ever Crockpot Beer Brats

SERVES 6  |  ACTIVE TIME 5 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 2 Hours 5 Min

6 original brats (I used Johnsonville)
2 (12 ounce) bottles beer (I used Blue Moon)
1 large yellow onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 2 hours on high heat, reduce heat to low. Remove brats from slow cooker. Grill brats (or toss in a skillet) until you have sear marks (which gives you that yummy grilled taste) and place back in slow cooker until ready to serve.

Serve brats on a bun of your choice. Hoagie roll or big sesame seed buns are my favorite. Top with the crockpot beer onions and your favorite toppings (cheese, ketchup or mustard are our staples).

Serve and enjoy!

COOK'S NOTES: You can cook down the onions and the liquid if desired to serve on top of the brats.

Do not use a strong flavored beer or it will over power the fantastic brat flavor. Also, DO NOT poke holes in the brat. Keeping the brat whole allows the flavor to stay inside.

You can not replace the beer in this recipe. You can however make good ol' crockpot brats and use low sodium chicken stock in place of the beer (keep an eye on your salt here). It will give you a totally different flavor, but they will be fabulous.

This recipe can be doubled.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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