These are the best. I followed the basic recipe with a few changes, using only one chopped onion, cumin, paprika, no sugar or butter, full beer and 2+ tbl. dry Uncle Joe's Southwest BBQ seasoning and didn't use the sauerkraut. I put 15 frozen brats, fork pieced four times each, in the crock pot overnight. Eight hours on low and ending with one hour on high. The frozen brats tend not to become mushy, dryout or overcook. Took them out and on to the Vikings vs. Chargers tailgate for a finish on the charcoal grill.
Instead of the sauerkraut, I cooked down strips of green and red bell pepper with yellow onion until soft, a little olive oil while cooking. The strips were served on a good bun with the brat and condiments by choice. These really went fast. People were coming over asking for a taste. A lot of Viking jerseys in the crowd. One fellow from New York said these were the best brats he ever ate. Another former northern midwesterner asked for the recipe, he was giving up his traditional family recipe for this.
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These are the best. I followed the basic recipe with a few changes, using only one chopped...