Judy's Sauerkraut


This is my friend Judy's sauerkraut recipe, and in my opinion, it's simply the best. Great served with crusty rye bread, mashed potatoes, and freshly cooked apples. Combine the kraut with a meat entree and bake in the oven at a low temperature 1 to 2 hours. Examples of meat entrees that work really well are small pork roasts, tenderloins, or chops, bratwursts, knockwursts, and kielbasa. Slow cooker temperatures vary, so this may be done sooner than 8 hours.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, drained

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 2 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups beef broth

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 juniper berries

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • salt to taste

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste


  1. Place the sauerkraut, bacon drippings, and onion into a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth, then season with cloves, bay leaf, juniper berries, caraway seed, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine.

  2. Cook on Low 8 hours.

Cook's Note

Substitute beer for half the beef broth, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
1g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 1169mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 28mg 140%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 405mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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