Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

Ah, New Year’s Day.

My second favorite day of the year, after Christmas. I love to sleep in (until 7:30!), stay in my pajamas (and new giant panda slippers) all day, eat leftover party food, and watch the Mummers Parade on television.


This afternoon we took a break from the Mummers and watched It’s a Wonderful Life, since I didn’t get to watch it before Christmas. We had hot chocolate (mine with a shot of Bailey’s… in honor of the Building & Loan, of course) and shared the experience of a classic holiday film with the children. Is there a better movie than It’s a Wonderful Life? I think not.

Another tradition in my family is pork and sauerkraut for New Year’s Day dinner. According to PA Dutch tradition, this dish brings good luck & prosperity when eaten on January 1. I make mine in the slow cooker, which is super easy:


1 medium onion, sliced

2 large cans sauerkraut, undrained

black pepper to taste

4-5 lb pork roast

1/4 cup brown sugar


Layer the sliced onions in the bottom of the crock. Empty one can of  sauerkraut on top of the onion, and sprinkle on black pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp). Place the pork roast on top, and then pour the other can of  sauerkraut over the pork. Top with brown sugar. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.

I usually add caraway seed, but I didn’t have any this time, and I was too cheap to buy it didn’t think it needed it.  A lot of people add chopped apples to theirs, but personally, I don’t like fruit cooked with meat, so instead I served chunky applesauce on the side.

We also have mashed potatoes and rye bread (there’s the caraway!)

I really like this meal. I always do. Let’s see what the critics had to say:

“Sarah Crewe” says: It’s pretty good. I can see why it’s called ‘sauerkraut’ because it tastes sour.

“Batman” says: It’s too sour. I don’t really like it. But I like the meat.

“Curious George” says: I don’t think I should eat sauerkraut because my belly hurts. I think my belly hurts because that movie was so long.

“Elmo” spit out the sauerkraut and ate only applesauce.

“Don Vito Corleone” says: It’s great, I love it. Can I have seconds?

So my first post/meal wasn’t a huge success, but the way my family eats, it wasn’t a huge failure, either.

Happy New Year!

2 responses to “Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

  1. Hello; My name is Arnold and i loved your site. I really like the recipe, it was very simple and fast to make.Since my wife works and im home i allways look for easy recipes because i cant cook. It was allso fun to read. It remined me when our children were small.I look forward to the next recipe.
    thanks again ARNOLD

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