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


  1. Peel 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.
  2. Add the sliced apples, minced garlic, and sliced onions to skillet and sauté for about 1 -2 minutes.
  3. Open sauerkraut and add to a large colander, and rinse, then add to skillet, add caraway seeds if desired.
  4. Remove sausage from package and make diagonal cuts into sausages with sharp knife. Add the brown sugar to sauerkraut.
  5. Top 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.
  6. Plate 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

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