Dr Pepper Sauerkraut w/Smoked Sausage & Onions

Rose Mary Mogan


You may not want to believe this but yes I made Sauerkraut & cooked it in Dr Pepper it was so good.

I went to make another one pot wonder, & discovered I was out of Apple Juice. Had this Dr Pepper left over, when I had wanted to make Dr Pepper Glazed Ham, but made Kahlua Glazed Ham instead, so it was sitting in the pantry & decided to use it for the apple juice.

The caramel color complimented the brown sugar nicely, & the flavors was really very tasty. A great accidental substitute for the apple juice.

My husband walked in the house & marveled at the aroma of the kraut. He loved it.

★★★★★ 2 votes
6 or more depending on portion size
10 Min
55 Min
Stove Top


4 can(s)
sauerkraut (14.5 oz each)
1 c
light brown sugar (or to your taste)
16 oz
dr pepper soda (or enough to almost cover kraut)
3 medium
apples cored & sliced (i used golden delicious)
3 medium
onions, sliced
1/2 stick
5 clove
garlic, minced
42 oz
smoked sausage, (family pac size)
2 tsp
caraway seeds (optional) if desired
chopped green onion tops as garnish if desired

How to Make Dr Pepper Sauerkraut w/Smoked Sausage & Onions


  • 1Peel onions and wash & core apples and slice both apples and onions. Add butter to large skillet, I used a 16 inch non stick skillet. Heat over medium high heat.
  • 2Add the sliced apples, minced garlic, and sliced onions to skillet and sauté for about 1 -2 minutes.
  • 3Open sauerkraut and add to a large colander, and rinse, then add to skillet, add caraway seeds if desired.
  • 4Remove sausage from package and make diagonal cuts into sausages with sharp knife. Add the brown sugar to sauerkraut.
  • 5Top Kraut with smoked sausage. ADD ENOUGH DR PEPPER TO COME ALMOST TO TOP OF KRAUT. Cover with a lid and bring to a simmer. Then REMOVE LID and lower heat and cook over low heat until most of the liquid evaporates, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. Cooking for about 45 minutes or so.
  • 6Plate and serve as desired. Add chopped green onion tops over kraut platter as desired just before serving.

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About Dr Pepper Sauerkraut w/Smoked Sausage & Onions

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Other Tag: Quick & Easy