By Barb Witherspoon on December 21, 2004
Photo by Julie B's Hive
Photo by Julie B's Hive
"Throw it in the crock pot on New Year's Eve before you go out, and dinner the next day will be ready; all you have to do is fix the mashed potatoes. Slow, low cooking makes a roast that is very tender. Delicious!! I used to manage a doctor's office, and our Blue Cross rep told me that her family made this every year for New Year's."
Serving Size: 1 (388 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Barb, this was delicious. My husband introduced me to pork roast and sauerkraut as his family's tradition for New Year's Day a number of years ago, and each year I look for a new way to prepare it. This year, I took your recipe as a starting off place. Whereas I wanted the onion soup flavor, I had the time and inclination to make the dish from scratch rather than using a mix. I caramelized some onions and garlic in butter and olive oil and added that plus 2 c of beef broth and 1/4 white wine as the roasting liquid. I omitted the sugar and added some sprigs of thyme for a savory version. It turned out so well-- beautiful honey color and fabulous texture. This was so very good over mashed potatoes, and the meat was absolutely fall-apart tender. Terrific dish-- thanks! --Heather (P.S. Although he surely enjoyed this, my husband did miss the "sauer" part of the kraut, which gets a bit lost using this method)."
"Oh, yum! Made for New Year's Day dinner and it was awesome! Even with the partying from the previous night, if you can make it to the crock pot and dump the ingredients in, a fabulous meal awaits you! The hardest part of the process was staying out of the pot. (Had to keep "checking on the meat"). By the time it was ready to be devoured, I was half-full. The flavors were perfect, and I recommend adding a teaspoon of caraway seed if you like them. I cooked it for 3 hours on high, then the remaining 5 on low and it was tender and delicious. It tasted just like my grandma's. We devoured it with mashed potatoes which I agree is the best choice, but it would probably be good served with sauteed dumplings or gnocchi, or potato, cheese, or onion pierogies as well. Thanks, Barb, for sharing your recipe. This will be a regular here!"
"Wow!! This pork roast was so tender and easy to make. I put all this together in the morning, around lunch time I added chopped onions and apples (about 1/2 cup each), and by dinner time the smell was amazing and the pork just fell apart. Husband really enjoyed this as it was his first time having sauerkraut. Thanks a bunch!!"
"This is the best sauerkraut and pork I have ever had! Yum! I used 2 (14 oz) cans of sauerkraut with caraway seeds. I did NOT rinse and drain my sauerkraut. I added about 1/2 c. of apple juice, and 1/2 of an onion. I cooked it on low for abou 8 hours."
"Incredible. I am slowly introducing my husband into the world of sauerkraut being that I'm from a Pennsylvania/German/Austrian family. This recipe was amazing. Like most reviewers, I reduced the cooking time to 8 hours on low instead of going for the 24. I will most definitely be making this again."
"I added one peeled and chopped apple, and only cooked it for 9 hours on low. After removing all the solids to a serving dish, I used the cooking juices to make a simple gravy. Served with mashed potatoes, it really was incredible."
"Very good recipe, but 24 hours (even on low) in the crock-pot was too long! The top layer of my sauerkraut burned. :( I was able to take the burned stuff off, but with the brown sugar mixed with it, it was a sticky mess. My crock-pot is still soaking.
The taste of the roast, however, was wonderful. Even my two kids, who don't usually like 'kraut, loved this meat and asked for more. I made some buns (search "40-Minute Hamburger Buns" on this site) and we ate them as sandwiches. Was a great meal, but I think I'll just cook it on low for 8-10 hours next time, instead of 24. :)"
"Very nice recipe. I too only let it cook for about 8 hours and it came out nice and juicy and tasty. I also only used half the brown sugar. We loved it, thank you for sharing."
"First off, let me say to all those who give so-so or poor reviews to recipes that they have not tried before as written and make significant changes to ingredients or execution-don't write a review. You are reviewing a different recipe. Create a page with your version instead.
There...that said, I LOVE this. I have made this two New Year's Days in a row and am now making it for the third. It is always a hit-especially for some reason for thouse who don't usually like sauerkraut! Last year was the first time I served it over mashed potatoes (I make pigeon, cow, or black eye peas in the Southern New Year's tradition. It seemed like too much starch.) and it was even better.
The only change is that I put the ingredients together and let it rest overnight in the fridge and then cook on low for 8-10 hours on low.
This is my new tradition for New Year's, putting aside the regular cabbage and pork. I also sneak it in durning the year during cold weather. Great comfort food!"
"The 24 hour cooking criteria for this is silly. It would liquify. That comment should be pulled from the recipe.
I tried it today and it was good, not great. Not a big fan of sweet and sour.
After 10 hours of course it fell apart. That would happen to a Goodyear Tire too.
I should have stopped it at 8 hours when the meat still had some texture.
I used a quality 4 lb. center cut roast.
What suprised me is the onion soup did not over power. It was an excellent blend of sweet and sour.
I added 1/2 cup of onions half way through.
Again, I thought it was good but it just rubs me wrong to add brown sugar to sauerkraut. Everyone liked it in the family and ate it with mashed.
Won't make it again. Give me the standard stuff."
"This was amazing! My non-sauerkraut eating family LOVED it! I substituted 1 cup of apple cider and 1 cup of juice from the sauerkraut for the water. The pork roast melted in your mouth. It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It MUST be served over mashed potatoes. I have never seen a crockpot with a 24-hour setting. I cooked it for 10 hours on low. It was perfect. This one is going in my recipe book!"
"This was very fast and convenient for busy days. very good thanks"
"Thanks for an easy and tasty recipe ! I used country style boneless pork ribs - it was good and husband and MIL liked it - will make this again. I did not cook for 24 hours since it was ribs and not a roast - just started the crock at 9am and it was definitely ready by 7pm."
"Cooked 12hrs in crock on low. Was delicious!"
"I was a bit worried about this recipe but it turned out to be really yummy. Cooked for the 24 hours specified which I thought would dry out the pork, but the pork was delicious. Definitely needs to be paired with the mashed potatoes to cut the saltyness of the onion soup mix. It was so easy to put together, I'd make it again."
"Being from Alabama, like another reviewer said, I had also never heard about Pork roast and Sauerkraut. I made this last night and my husband has raved about it ever since. He took some to work with him today and said he couldn't wait for lunch. I will definately make this again, it is so easy and good! The mashed potatoes go great with it!"
"it was really good..i used some of the sauerkraut juice and apple juice for the water...abit less of the brown sugar...it was falling apart tender...will use the leftover kraut on brats tomorrow..i served it with mashed potatoes and green beans"
"I was really excited about making this but it just didn't turn out as I expected. I will say up front that, after reading the other reviews, I decided to sub the 2 cups water with part sauerkraut juice (I got the bagged kind) and half apple juice. Halfway in I realized I didn't have any apple juice in the house and used some leftover beef broth from the night before's dinner. I think that was the big mistake that I made. The sauerkraut was quite bitter even after teh 1/2 brown sugar. The meat itself was very tender and barely needed a knife to cut but didn't have that much flavor all in all. I will attempt this recipoe again but be sure to use all apple juice or water for the liquid and maybe dry rub the roast for awhile before putting in the slow cooker to soak in more flavor."
"This was very easy to make. After 7 hours on High in the crockpot it was so tender, I may reduce the cooking time. I'll reduce the brown sugar next time as I'm not that big of a sugar fan. Thank you for posting. Made for *Zaar Cookbooks 2009* game"
"This was very good. I put all ingredients in crock pot and put it on high for about 4-5 hours, then turned down to low for another 3-4 hours. Everyone loved it even the kids! Thanks for making our News Year Day dinner a winner!"