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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 Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens tip

Beer and brats are perfect for any sports party! Cook these savory beer brats in a Reynolds Kitchens® 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 Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner


Step 1

Line a 5-to 6-quart slow cooker with a Reynolds Kitchens® 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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