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Recipe for Kielbasa in Crock Pot

Recipe for kielbasa in Crockpot with onions or sauerkraut is here. Easy way to cook sausage with beer in a slow cooker for a Polish dinner your whole family will love.

Recipe for Kielbasa in Crock Pot

So my relatives came from Germany, my husbands from Poland so needless to say this dish is just in our blood. There are many variations of this dish that can be cooked like our Crockpot recipe or low and slow on the stove. Low carb packed with flavor. (post may contain affiliate links)

What is Kielbasa?

This is a type of Polish sausage. The word simply means “sausage” but outside of Poland, it generally refers to a specific style of link. This is typically made from pork, though it can also be made from beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, or veal. It is seasoned with a variety of spices, including garlic, marjoram, and pepper, and it is often smoked, giving it the distinct flavor you’re most used to.

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut in Slow Cooker

This time we made this with slices of yellow onions inside but you could make this as yet another version of our Sauerkraut Recipe with Meat dish. I mean we love ourselves some cabbage, any which way but with this you get a ton of smoky flavor without a lot of additional seasonings needed. You could add both really if you wanted a larger batch to share with your guests.

what to cook with kielbasa
sliced kielbasa

How Long to Cook Kielbasa in Crock Pot

I mean you are just warming everything up so it is up to you as to how tender you want the contents but 5-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high is usually about right if sliced. These links are already smoked and pre-cooked like hot dogs so you don’t need to worry much about the internal temperature before consuming.


  1. 14 oz. kielbasa link, found at grocery store by hot dogs
  2. 2 – 3 yellow onions sliced
  3. I can of beer of your choosing

How to Cook Kielbasa and Onions

You literally just prep the 2 ingredients by slicing into equal thicknesses and throw those in. We are using a light lager beer here but broth could be substituted. You need a liquid to make the onions tender, give them more flavor and steam the meat hour after hour. That is it!!

Why is cooking with beer better than water?

I mean it is probably obvious but water has literally no flavor unless you add in a bouillon cube as well. It does have alcohol in it though so you could use an alternative. I’d choose broth if you don’t want that to add to the overall flavor of the dish.

Does the alcohol in beer cook off in slow cooker?

It can if cooked long enough. The longer you cook it, the more alcohol will evaporate but some may still remain. Even after 2-3 hours of cooking, a significant amount can still be present. It usually takes around 2.5 hours of simmering for 95% of the alcohol to evaporate.

Kielbasa in Crock Pot
Kielbasa and Sauerkraut in Slow Cooker

Should you slice kielbasa before cooking?

Yes you definitely should for optimal results in texture and flavor. You wouldn’t want to cook or in this case put the whole link in the pot whole because it is harder to serve and you want the center to get warmed too which is hard to do thru the thick casing. Not as bad with Crockpot Brats in Beer since that casing is thinner and more permeable.

How to Make Slow Cooker Kielbasa Recipe

Slice sausage into 1″ thick pieces. If you were serving this as a side dish and wanted smaller bites you could cut those into fourths as well. It wouldn’t need as long to cook this way either.

Cut onions into thick slices if you want them to keep their shape better with the heat, thinner or if you want them to fall apart and just act as flavoring.

Layer onions, meat and could even add a bit of sweetness with the top layer being slow cooker caramelized onions with brown sugar if you wanted to add some wow.

Cook for about 5 hours or until tender to your liking and enjoy over mashed potatoes ideally in our house.

What is the German Style Crock Pot Dish with Kielbasa and Cabbage?

Some people call it Haluski, but that is actually Polish too, maybe you have heard it called that many times. If not using the traditional name it may just be said to be Crockpot Cabbage and Sausage, either one works and is beyond delicious!!

kielbasa and onions recipe

Storing Leftovers

Smoked sausage saves quite well actually. You will want it to cool completely and transfer into a freezer bag. Suck the air out and keep leftover kielbasa pieces in the fridge. When reheating you can add some bbq sauce and warm in the microwave for 1 minute or so OR make our kielbasa and pasta recipe.

Can you cook kielbasa and potatoes together?

Absolutely. Instead of or in addition to the sliced onions we added here you could definitely add baby potatoes poked, or halved red or russets into the mix. Cooked slow in a Crockpot they will both become tender at the same time and make for a cheap and delicious family friendly meal.

What goes with kielbasa besides sauerkraut?

Onions are a good substitute if you do not like fermented cabbage. Both are a great duo served in hoagie rolls or on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. Cook with beef broth or beer until tender.

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Recipe for Kielbasa in Crock Pot

Recipe for kielbasa in Crockpot with onions or sauerkraut is here. Easy way to cook sausage with beer in a slow cooker for a Polish dinner.
Course Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine german
Keyword beer, crockpot, kielbasa, onions, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 6
Calories 40kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 kielbasa 14 oz., cut into dials
  • 3 onions sliced
  • 1 can beer 12 oz.


  • Add 2 sliced onions to the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with sliced sausage and remaining sliced onion. Pour in beer.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until onions are tender. Serve immediately. 
Nutrition Facts
Recipe for Kielbasa in Crock Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.04g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.03g
Cholesterol 0.1mg0%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 4 votes
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Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

This crockpot kielbasa was so easy to make and it tasted amazing!!! Definitely making this one again.


Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

I love this kielbasa in Crockpot recipe, I have never tried it before, so I will make it soon. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing :)


Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

Love this recipe, gonna make again soon. Saving this!


Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

Love this simple and easy way to cook sausage. Thanks for sharing.

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