Comfort Crock Pot Kielbasa & Hot Dogs

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 2 pounds baby potatoes, skin on and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag sauerkraut, (bagged, not canned) with liquid
  • 1 lb polska (or turkey) kielbasa, cut into 1” slices
  • 48 beef/pork or all turkey hot dogs, cut into 1” slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup gala apple, peeled and chopped small
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup stock (beef, chicken or pork)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 tablespoon olive oil
  • parsley for garnish


  1. In a 5-6 qt Crock Pot, add in half of the sauerkraut, 1/4 cup onions, 1/4cup apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika.
  2. Add olive oil to large skillet over medium-high heat and brown kielbasa slices until nicely caramelized on each cut side. ~5-7 minutes per cut side.
  3. Place the caramelized slices in the crock pot.
  4. Add the hotdogs to the skillet and brown on all sides. ~3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Add on top of the kielbasa.
  6. Add the remaining sauerkraut, water, stock, onions, apples, brown sugar, chili powder and smoked paprika.
  7. Cover and cook for 1 hour on low.
  8. Add potatoes and cook for another 3 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
  9. Sprinkle top with parsley and serve.


If you don’t have one, I recommend this 5-6 qt Crock Pot! I have it and love it!

I would also suggest serving this with a side of baked beans. It goes PERFECTLY with it!

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