Pork for Peasants

Recipe by Divaconviva
READY IN: 7hrs 35mins


  • 3
    3 lbs boneless country-style ribs or 3 lbs pork loin chops, 3/4-inch Thick
  • 2
    tablespoons bacon fat, Rendered (I keep a can in my fridge)
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    teaspoon white pepper
  • 3
    yams, approximately 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch thick slices
  • 3
    Red Delicious apples (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked) or 3 rome apples, peeled, cored, and cut cross-wise into three rings (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked)
  • 12
    cup cider or 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 12
    cup light brown sugar, Packed
  • 2 12
    teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14
    teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1
    tablespoon caraway seed
  • 2
    lbs sauerkraut, drained, not rinsed, squeezed dry


  • Heat bacon fat in large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Season the pork with salt and pepper, and brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place sliced yams in bottom of crockpot.
  • Set crockpot on low.
  • Layer the pork, including any pan drippings, and apples on top of the yams.
  • In a small bowl, combine cider or apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and caraway seeds; mix well and pour over the pork and apples evenly.
  • Top with the sauerkraut. It's a tight fit, but my 5-quart crockpot lid does close.
  • Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  • Remove the lid and serve the pork with the sweet potatoes, apples and sauerkraut, spooning sauce over everything.