This was exactly the recipe I've been searching for. My mother use to make it with pork spare-ribs and called it Luau Spareribs. I just doubled the amount of spareribs since they have the bone in, doubled the apple cider (because I baked it in the oven for 5 hours at 325F), and omited the bacon fat. Very tasty! Thanks Divaconviva
Wow! This was really good, though I had my skeptical moments. I didn't read thru the recipe properly before I started, so I prepped everything, THEN noticed that I only have a 3qt. crockpot, unlike the 5qt. one used with this recipe. No biggie -- I just cut back on the sweet potato, only used two apples, and half the sauerkraut called for, but the same amount of liquid and spices. At first I was really skeptical that it was cooking properly, but I gave it a chance, and when I finally stirred it around I saw that it was fine. The second stage was where I thought the whole thing was going to be overpowered by the sauerkraut, but when it had all cooked properly everything was in balance and VERY tasty. Perfect for a chilly fall or winter day! Very cozy...
This dish was easy to put together and was delicious! I followed the directions, except cooked it on the stove (medium-low heat) for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be making it again!