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Easy Beer Bratwurst

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours (high) or 8 hours (low)
  • Servings: 6
  • Course: Main Dish

These rich, savory brats are the perfect treat for your next backyard cookout or tailgate.

Reynolds Kitchen Tips

Reynolds Kitchens tip

Beer and brats are perfect for any sports party! Cook these savory beer brats in a slow cooker liner for juicy flavors everyone will cheer for.


  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) dark German beer
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 6 hoagie buns, split and toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce (optional)
  • Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liner


Step 1

Line a 5-to 6-quart slow cooker with a Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liner. Open slow cooker liner and place it inside a slow cooker bowl. Fit liner snugly against the bottom and sides of bowl; pull top of liner over rim of bowl.

Step 2

Add beer, onions, maple syrup, vinegar, caraway seeds, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce to the lined slow cooker. Stir gently with a rubber spatula to combine. Place bratwurst on top of the mixture in cooker.

Step 3

Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or for 8 hours on low.

Step 4

Carefully remove lid to allow steam to escape. Serve directly from slow cooker liner using a wooden or plastic utensil. Do not lift or transport liner with food inside. Cool slow cooker completely; remove liner and toss.

Step 5

Serve bratwursts and onions in toasted buns topped with cheese and lettuce, if desired.

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