Pork loin becomes tender and delicious cooked slowly with sauerkraut and caraway seeds. This gets raves from my German father. My Irish husband loves it too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the potatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker; stir to coat. Season the pork roast with salt and pepper; lay atop the potatoes. Pour the sauerkraut over the roast; sprinkle with caraway seeds.

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  • Cook in slow cooker on Low 8 to 10 hours.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 31.3g; carbohydrates 30.5g; fat 15.2g; cholesterol 82.9mg; sodium 809.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
I have been making this the exact same way for years and always comes out great. Point is to make sure that the pork stays in the "juice." I always put my roast in frozen so maybe that makes the extra liquid needed to keep the pork moist. My family loves this. Sometimes we even add potatoes to the slow cooker. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2008
Cooked this on low for 8 hrs. (minimum time stated)and the pork was dry and overcooked - when I tried to slice it it shredded into threads and fell apart. The pork was virtually flavorless. I thought about making it again with more seasonings for flavor and reducing the cooking time but 8 hrs. seemed absolutely perfect for the potatoes - they were not mushy/overcooked so reducing the cooking time might cause undercooked potatoes. Read More
(93)
140 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
I have been making this the exact same way for years and always comes out great. Point is to make sure that the pork stays in the "juice." I always put my roast in frozen so maybe that makes the extra liquid needed to keep the pork moist. My family loves this. Sometimes we even add potatoes to the slow cooker. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
If you want real Bavarian flavor, you have to brown the seasoned roast/pork ribs on all sides before adding to the Sauerkraut. It locks in the juices and flavor.You can use the broiler to do this. Add the drippings also to the Kraut. No garlic please !!!. You can grate an apple and add it to sweeten the Sauerkraut. Bayleafs (1 or 2) are a must and so are the pepper corns and Karaway seeds. If the Sauerkraut is to vinegary, rinse it until you have the desired flavor or just simply add an extra can of water. Remember, the longer you cook it, the better the taste. Every one loves my Sauerkraut...Happy cooking Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2008
I actually learned to make this when working for a roofing company in South FL at a "tar kettle" cook off. I use 2 bags of kraut and it keeps the pork tender and juicy. As my DH doesn't eat kraut I wrap the pok loin in cheese cloth so it isn't "contaminated" - silly man eats the pork and potatos like there is no tomorrow! I don't add anything other that the pork, potatos and kraut. The juice and pork season each other nicely and don't really require anything else. And 8 hours is about the right time (for my slow cooker anyway). Darn, now I'll have to make this sometime this week! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2008
Cooked this on low for 8 hrs. (minimum time stated)and the pork was dry and overcooked - when I tried to slice it it shredded into threads and fell apart. The pork was virtually flavorless. I thought about making it again with more seasonings for flavor and reducing the cooking time but 8 hrs. seemed absolutely perfect for the potatoes - they were not mushy/overcooked so reducing the cooking time might cause undercooked potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
This was perfect! I subbed red potatoes (with skin) for the white peeled potatoes and am still amazed that such an effortless dish came out so incredibly delicious. The pork was so moist it was falling apart, the potatoes were soft but not mushy, I will be making this again and again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
I read most of the reviews and there were complaints of the roast being dry after cooking. I added a can of chicken broth and it was very moist. I also added a little onion and that gave it some more flavor. My bf love this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
I grew up eating pork ‘n kraut and have cooked it using all kinds of different methods. It's important to know how your crock pot cooks when it comes to cooking meat. This particular recipe calls for an 8 – 10hr cook time. That works great if I’m using my 30+yr old crock pot, but my 2yr old crock pot will have this done in 4 hours because it cooks 10x hotter than my old one. If there is one thing you don’t want to do, that is over cook a pork loin because it gets really, really dry if it’s overcooked. Another option to consider would be to use a pork butt roast. It gets tender and juicy the longer it cooks and isn’t as easy to overcook as a loin roast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2010
My mom used to make the pork in a pressure cooker - this is now my preferred method! I like to use boneless country-style pork ribs (goes on sale at Safeway a lot). This is the part I feel passionately about - DO NOT PUT THE KRAUT IN UNTIL CLOSE TO THE END. I hate kraut that's been pulverized to mush. I poured in the brine at the beginning of cooking putting in the kraut 1hr before the finish just until it warmed. The meat/potatoes do taste better after it's had time to sit with the kraut but you really don't want to cook it that long together. Things I feel less strongly about: Try fooling with the amount of caraway - I like it more subtle around 1t. Try a bit of apple cider vinegar to brighten it if you need. Try searing the meat before you put it in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2008
This almost the same receipe my mother used to make when I was growing up. I remember is fondly. Only difference is we didn't have slower cookers in those days. I will make this today leaving out caraway seeds and browing meat before cooking. Thanks for the receipe. It brings back great memories. Read More
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