Serve Pork & Sauerkraut on January 1st! According to Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, pork and sauerkraut will bring good luck to you and your family in the year ahead... if it's eaten on New Year's Day.
Place the pork roast in a Dutch oven or other large, deep, heavy pan. Add about 1 cup water and black pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for about 2 hours. Mix the sauerkraut, applesauce and brown sugar together. Pour the mixture in to the pan, over the pork roast. Cover and simmer for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until the pork is tender and falling apart.
This can also be roasted in the oven, in a covered roasting pan. Set the oven temperature to 350º and roast for about 2 hours. Add the sauerkraut and other ingredients, lower the oven temperature to about 300º, and roast for an additional 1 to 1-1/2 hours. This is also a good crockpot meal. Just add all the ingredients at once and cook on the low setting for about 7 hours.