Pork Loin, Apples, and Sauerkraut


Pork and sauerkraut is the traditional New Year's Day meal here in Pennsylvania Dutch Land. This is my rendition of that holiday meal. I usually serve it with mashed potatoes and applesauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 3 (32 ounce) packages sauerkraut, drained

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced

  • ½ large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds

  • 1 cup apple cider, divided

  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • 1 tablespoon Thai seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (5 pound) boneless pork loin roast


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Mix sauerkraut, apples, onion, and caraway seeds in a large roasting pan. Stir 1/4 cup apple cider and brown sugar together in a separate bowl; pour over sauerkraut mixture.

  3. Stir Thai seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a small bowl; rub onto the top and bottom of the roast.

  4. Make an indentation in the center of the sauerkraut mixture and place the seasoned roast in the indentation. Pour the remaining apple cider around the roast.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour; baste roast with juices. Continue baking roast, basting every 30 minutes, until cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

Rule of thumb roasting time for this cut of pork is 15 minutes per pound.

Moroccan seasoning is a very good substitution for the Thai seasoning.

Add more cider if kraut becomes too dry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
12g Fat
32g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 2607mg 113%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 53mg 264%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1089mg 23%

* 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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