Old fashioned pork and sauerkraut that is served here on New Year's Day for luck! Serve with mashed potatoes, and apple sauce for dipping the pork in.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
6 hrs
6 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cut pork loin, if necessary, to fit in the slow cooker. Season with caraway seeds, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauerkraut over the roast.

  • Cook on High for 1 hour, then cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours. Internal temperature of the roast should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 36.8g; carbohydrates 3.5g; fat 8.5g; cholesterol 104.5mg; sodium 582.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (256)

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319 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 195
  • 4 star values: 87
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
Well, it only took me 30 years to find the definitive receipe for pork and sauerkraut...this recipe is great!! I followed the advice of many of the other reviewers on here by adding 2 large, sliced, granny smith apples, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 16-ounce jars of sauerkraut. My crock pot seems to need extra help with roasts, so I cooked mine for roughly six hours on low with an additional four hours on high. The meat was falling-apart-tender, and the kraut had just the right amount of sweet and sour to it...served this with garlic mashed potatoes. Looking forward to the leftovers tonight! Thank you for the great recipe!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I went looking for a recipe for pork and sauerkraut to see if I was missing any ingrediants in my recipe that I've been making on New Years Day every year for 25 years. Well, here is my recipe! The only changes I make personally is that I start the stuff on New Years Eve before we go to bed and let it cook all night and all day before we eat it. I add brown sugar to take the bite away from the kraut (about 2 tablespoons). The longer it cooks, the better. It gets nice and browned and my family loves this once a year treat. We serve with mashed potatoes and applesauce and dinner rolls. This is THE lucky New Years Day dish to be served for good fortune. Even better reheated the next day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wow! This is definitely a New Year's Day tradition. Being from Pennsylvania, I had to make this. It was excellent. I took one 16 oz. bag of Boar's Head Sauerkraut and layered that on the bottom. Then sprinkled some of the caraway seeds and put the pork in with some salt, pepper, and a little brown sugar. I cut up a large granny smith apple and put that over the pork and then added the other bag of sauerkraut and sprinkled some more caraway seeds. I added just a little bit of water and set the crock pot on low for 8 hours. The pork was falling apart. It went great with Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes and some sweet peas and for dessert Nutty Apple Crisp. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
YUM! Made me feel like I was back in Pennsylvania again. My mom would would also brown the pork first and add 1/2 of an onion, thinly sliced and approx. 1 to 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce to the sauerkraut. It adds a smokey flavor and a nice color. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy but the 5th star is for how easy this is. I used a whole boneless pork loin that was marinated with onion and garlic (thanks to Costco). Like others I added 1/2 can beer 2 tbsps brown sugar and 2 granny smith apples. Also doubled the kraut and caraway seeds(next time I'll do even more). Quartered the apples; didn't add them until 3 hours in or they cook into mush. I've made with and without apples and prefer the apples. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I felt like I was back in PA for the New Year. Thanks for the great recipe! I loved the flavor of the caraway seeds and used two Granny Smith apples and 2 T. brown sugar as previously recommended. I also added dumplings on top during the last few minutes of cooking... 1 1/3 c. flour 1/2 t. salt (cannot omit) 2 t. baking powder 1 egg and 1/2 c. milk. You cannot have sauerkraut without dumplings in PA. Most tender pork roast I have ever cooked and enjoyed! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good recipe I added two apples to cut down on the bitterness of the kraut and browned the pork roast before putting it in the crock pot.Try toasting the caraway seeds and then add for the last hour this seems to bring out more flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
WE are from PA and love pork and sauerkraut. I buy the WHOLE boneless pork loin and cut it in half and use what I need depending on how many are eating here. I do NOT brown it but I do add 1 - 2 apples cored w/ skin on and cut into wedges and about 2 - 3 T brown sugar after I add the sauerkraut that I do NOT drain. I also like to add homemade hot sausage in the roaster. I bake mine covered -- and I like to do it very slow and at a low temp....starting off at 300 and reducing to 250. YUM YUM!!!!! We also like ours w/ mashed potatoes and applesauce!!!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was quite delicious the only thing I did different was to brown my pork roast before putting it in the slow cooker otherwise it was the best roast tender moist and just wonderful. Read More