Slow Cooker Lancaster County Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe -
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Slow Cooker Lancaster County Pork and Sauerkraut

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"Old fashioned pork and sauerkraut that is served here on New Year's Day for luck! Serve with mashed potatoes, and apple sauce for dipping the pork in."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 20 mins


  1. Cut pork loin, if necessary, to fit in the slow cooker. Season with caraway seeds, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauerkraut over the roast.
  2. Cook on High for 1 hour, then cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours. Internal temperature of the roast should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 16, 2006

Well, it only took me 30 years to find the definitive receipe for pork and sauerkraut...this recipe is great!! I followed the advice of many of the other reviewers on here by adding 2 large, sliced, granny smith apples, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 16-ounce jars of sauerkraut. My crock pot seems to need extra help with roasts, so I cooked mine for roughly six hours on low with an additional four hours on high. The meat was falling-apart-tender, and the kraut had just the right amount of sweet and sour to it...served this with garlic mashed potatoes. Looking forward to the leftovers tonight! Thank you for the great recipe!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 23, 2009

A good, basic recipe to embellish on to suit individual tastes. I used boneless, country-style ribs and, because I prefer my cabbage fresh and hubs prefers his as sauerkraut, a combination of both. Well, actually, to suit MY tastes I admit there was more fresh cabbage (Savoy, which has a milder flavor) and a lesser amount of sauerkraut. Because the slow cooker doesn't, I browned the ribs first, then set them on top the cabbage and kraut to which I added minced garlic, chopped onion and a small amount of melted butter. I omitted the caraway seed. I deglazed the pan I browned the ribs in, then poured some of that rich liquid over the ribs. This was a nice meal, which I served with boiled new potatoes. Once again, however, this proved that there are limited instances where a slow cooker does a better job than conventional cooking methods.

Jan 01, 2005

I went looking for a recipe for pork and sauerkraut to see if I was missing any ingrediants in my recipe that I've been making on New Years Day every year for 25 years. Well, here is my recipe! The only changes I make personally is that I start the stuff on New Years Eve before we go to bed and let it cook all night and all day before we eat it. I add brown sugar to take the bite away from the kraut (about 2 tablespoons). The longer it cooks, the better. It gets nice and browned and my family loves this once a year treat. We serve with mashed potatoes and applesauce and dinner rolls. This is THE lucky New Years Day dish to be served for good fortune. Even better reheated the next day.

Jan 02, 2009

Wow! This is definitely a New Year's Day tradition. Being from Pennsylvania, I had to make this. It was excellent. I took one 16 oz. bag of Boar's Head Sauerkraut and layered that on the bottom. Then sprinkled some of the caraway seeds and put the pork in with some salt, pepper, and a little brown sugar. I cut up a large granny smith apple and put that over the pork and then added the other bag of sauerkraut and sprinkled some more caraway seeds. I added just a little bit of water and set the crock pot on low for 8 hours. The pork was falling apart. It went great with Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes and some sweet peas and for dessert Nutty Apple Crisp.

Jan 25, 2004

YUM! Made me feel like I was back in Pennsylvania again. My mom would would also brown the pork first and add 1/2 of an onion, thinly sliced and approx. 1 to 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce to the sauerkraut. It adds a smokey flavor and a nice color.

May 27, 2007

Yummy but the 5th star is for how easy this is. I used a whole boneless pork loin that was marinated with onion and garlic (thanks to Costco). Like others, I added 1/2 can beer, 2 tbsps brown sugar and 2 granny smith apples. Also doubled the kraut and caraway seeds(next time I'll do even more). Quartered the apples; didn't add them until 3 hours in or they cook into mush. I've made with and without apples and prefer the apples.

Jan 02, 2007

I felt like I was back in PA for the New Year. Thanks for the great recipe! I loved the flavor of the caraway seeds and used two Granny Smith apples and 2 T. brown sugar as previously recommended. I also added dumplings on top during the last few minutes of cooking... 1 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 t. salt (cannot omit), 2 t. baking powder, 1 egg, and 1/2 c. milk. You cannot have sauerkraut without dumplings in PA. Most tender pork roast I have ever cooked and enjoyed!

Dec 31, 2003

Good recipe, I added two apples to cut down on the bitterness of the kraut, and browned the pork roast before putting it in the crock pot.Try toasting the caraway seeds,and then add for the last hour, this seems to bring out more flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 245 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 105 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 8.5 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 36.8 g
  • 74%
  • Sodium
  • 582 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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