Pork and Sauerkraut


Eating pork roast with sauerkraut on New Year's is an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition said to bring good luck. The meal consists of pork and sauerkraut served together, with sauerkraut representing luck and the pig representing rooting into the new year. It's a feel-good and flavorsome ritual, and it may be just what you need to start the new year. Serve with mashed potatoes or dumplings.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 (3 pound) pork roast

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans sauerkraut, or to taste

  • 3 cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 medium apple - peeled, cored, and finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place pork into a large roasting pan. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix together sauerkraut, water, onion, and apple in a large bowl until combined; pour over pork.

  3. Roast pork in the preheated oven until heated through, about 1 hour. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of pork reads at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 2 hours more; add more water as needed if sauerkraut mixture begins to look dry.

  4. Remove from the oven and allow pork to rest for about 10 minutes in a warm area before slicing.


You can substitute 1 bag or 3 pints of homemade sauerkraut if desired.

Adding the apple and onion takes away the common side effects of eating sauerkraut.

If adding dumplings, do so after step 3. Remove cooked roast from the pan and pour sauerkraut mixture into a large pot, stirring in more water if needed. Bring to a boil. Drop dumpling batter by teaspoonfuls on top of boiling sauerkraut. Reduce heat, cover tightly, and steam dumplings until cooked, about 12 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of canned sauerkraut. The actual amount of sauerkraut consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
9g Fat
13g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 972mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 658mg 14%

* 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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