While my mother made this several times a year it was always made on New Year's. She served it with mashed potatoes, peas or Hoppin' John (she was from Savannah, GA and had to have her black-eyed peas for New Year's). I vary the amount of brown sugar used by whether my daughter is home for dinner (Simi likes everything sweet). Normally I go for a balanced sweet/sour taste. This works well in either the oven or crock-pot. The leftover sauerkraut is great served with hot dogs.