Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear is a melange of meats with cabbage and fruit easily made in the slow cooker.

Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

By Sue Lau |Palatable Pastime

Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear is my recipe of the day with the blogging group From Our Dinner Table. On Sundays we  post  together using a common theme. This week we are sharing  pear recipes.

For my selection I opted to do a sauerkraut dish in celebration of the new year. I often make my sauerkraut with a variety of smoked meats and fruit, especially apple.

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Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

You will find that pear also makes a delicious addition to recipes like this. The sweetness of the fruit is equally complementary to ingredients such as sauerkraut with the sweet balancing its sour nature.

The sauerkraut makes a great supper when paired with something like mashed potatoes or noodles. And adding a green vegetable fills out the meal. It’s a great way to start the new year with a dinner full of comfort and flavor.

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Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

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Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

Smoked Sausage with Sauerkraut and Pear

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 516 kcal


  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot


  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces smoked sausage (chopped)
  • 32 ounces fresh pack sauerkraut
  • 14.5 ounces canned pears in juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper


  • Brown onion and sausage in olive oil until the onion is soft.
  • Place mixture in the crockpot with the sauerkraut, pears, juice, and seasonings.
  • Stir and cover with the lid.
  • Cook on High for 4 hours.


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Calories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 16gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 3044mgPotassium: 760mgFiber: 10gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 5mg
Keyword new year recipes, slow cooker recipes
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7 responses

  1. This looks delicious, but I recently tried another bratwurst slow cooker recipe recently. After 4 hours in the slow cooker, the brats were mushy and tasteless. Any ideas-otherwise I’m afraid to try a new one-even one that sounds as delicious as this.

    • I used Boar’s Head smoked sausage in this which is more like Andouille or Kielbasa. I don’t think precooked bratwurst are a good substitute here, as they are more like hot dogs. However, if you had fresh bratwurst (uncooked) that you put in a smoker, and added to the pot later, that would be good. And once smoked, those would be fine however long, 1-4 hours. Be careful with some of the cheap smoked sausages (like Morell’s) that tend to be mushy anyway.

      • These were uncooked Johnsonville Beer Brats. They were totally mushy and tasteless after 4 hours in a V-8 based sauce.

      • Can you get the Boar’s Head smoked sausage? There is also Kiolbassa brand which is pretty good. It sounds like the brats were overly processed, like deli cuts.
        The Johnsonville uncooked brats we usually put in a brat bath with onion, garlic, and beer and simmer those until they cook through. Then brown those on the grill, and serve in buns with grainy mustard, horseradish, and for those who like it, kraut.

  2. Thanks. I will look into it. At the moment the handle on the lid of my slow cooker is broken. It broke right as I finished making an apricot chicken recipe. I’m going to the hardware store tomorrow to see if they have something I can use to fix it. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to look about buying a new lid. But it’s an older model, so ultimately I may be getting a new cooker soon.

    • Check a thrift store. They might possibly have one. Good luck on getting it fixed for not so much $$$.

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