Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, and Apple

Sauerkraut, Apples, and Sausage
Sauerkraut, Apples, and Sausage. Christine Wehrmeier/Moment/Getty Images
Ratings (18)
  • Total: 7 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
486 Calories
22g Fat
62g Carbs
13g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This slow cooker kielbasa and sauerkraut is a classic combination of ingredients. Sauerkraut and sliced apples complement the kielbasa in this tasty slow cooker dish. Optional caraway seeds add some texture and flavor, and the brown sugar gives the dish its wonderful sweet-sour flavor.

Kielbasa is a Polish sausage that can be found in most supermarkets in the US. The smoked sausage is usually made with beef, pork, or turkey. The word "kielbasa" means "sausage" in Polish.

This is an easy slow cooker dish that makes a nice family dinner. Or take the finished dish along to a potluck dinner or tailgating event and serve it hot from the slow cooker. 


  • 1 pound sauerkraut
  • 1 pound kielbasa or another similar smoked sausage
  • 3 to 4 tart cooking apples, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

Steps to Make It

Rinse sauerkraut and squeeze dry. Place half of the sauerkraut in a slow cooker.

Cut the sausage into 2-inch lengths; place in slow cooker.

Continue to layer in the slow cooker in this order: the sliced apples, brown sugar, salt, pepper and caraway seeds.

Top with remaining sauerkraut. Pour apple juice over all.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or until apples are tender. Stir before serving.

Serves 4.

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