Pork Roast and Sauerkraut


My family which is mostly German-Irish ate the same meal for New Year's every year of my life. It consisted of pork roast, sauerkraut, kielbasa and mashed potatoes. We ate the pork (pork roast and kielbasa) because pigs are a symbol of progress. Pigs push forward, rooting themselves in the ground before moving, and we need to move into the New Year in the same way. We eat sauerkraut, as it's believed it will bring blessings and wealth for the new year. It also reminds us that with the good comes the bitter as well. We eat potatoes to remind us that even as poor men we still had potatoes to eat.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings

  • 1 cup minced onion

  • 1 large red apple, diced

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, drained and rinsed

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin roast

  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 3-inch pieces


  1. Heat bacon drippings in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot drippings until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir diced apple and caraway seeds with the onion and cook until apple is just tender, about 3 minutes more. Add sauerkraut and stir.

  2. Stir white wine, chicken stock, and brown sugar together in a bowl; pour over the sauerkraut mixture.

  3. Put pork roast into the bottom of the crock of your slow cooker. Pour sauerkraut mixture over the pork.

  4. Cook on Low until the pork easily falls apart when pulled with a fork, 6 to 8 hours; add kielbasa sausage pieces and continue to cook until the sausage is heated through, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

406 Calories
25g Fat
16g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 406
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 1341mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 20mg 99%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 692mg 15%

* 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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