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Brined Pork and Sauerkraut

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"A Pennsylvania New Year's Day tradition with a bit more flavor!"
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Ingredients

9 h 20 m servings 543 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Pour water, apple juice, cider vinegar, molasses, kosher salt, pickling spice, and black peppercorns in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve salt and molasses. Simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Pour 2 cups ice into brine and stir to melt ice and cool brine.
  2. Place pork loin into a large container and pack 2 more cups ice, or as needed, around the meat. Pour brine over ice and pork, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours to overnight.
  3. Remove pork roast from brine and place into a slow cooker; pour 2 cups brine over the meat. Discard remaining brine. Spread sauerkraut, onion slices, brown sugar, fennel seeds, and coriander over pork roast. Set cooker on Low and cook for 3 hours. Add carrots to slow cooker and cook 1 more hour; add apples, cranberries, and walnuts and cook until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast reads 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 1 hour more.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 543 calories; 20 g fat; 50 g carbohydrates; 42.5 g protein; 106 mg cholesterol; 7060 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I'm truly sorry that I couldn't give this recipe a better rating, but it just didn't deserve it. I followed the recipe with one exception: I used less sauerkraut. If you are intrigued with th...

We have used this exact recipe (minus walnuts) for News Years dinner for several years now. The pork is so tender! I do let it sit in the brine overnight, and only use 1 cup of it in the crockpo...