This is the traditional New Year's Day meal I learned from my husband, whose family originated in central Pennsylvania. It's wonderful, especially served with mashed potatoes and applesauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
6 hrs 10 mins
total:
6 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven broiler. Place the roast in a roasting pan, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with thyme leaves, and season with salt and pepper. Place under the broiler for 10 minutes, until lightly browned in several places.

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  • Place 2 pounds sauerkraut in a slow cooker. Arrange kielbasa pieces around the edges of the slow cooker pot, and place the roast in the center. Cover with remaining sauerkraut.

  • Cover slow cooker, and cook roast 6 hours on High.

Nutrition Facts

229 calories; protein 14.8g 30% DV; carbohydrates 7.6g 2% DV; fat 15.7g 24% DV; cholesterol 51.5mg 17% DV; sodium 1357.6mg 54% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
This was excellent. I have been making pork and sauerkraut in one form or another for most of my life but this by far has been the best. It will definitely be made time and again. I used 3-27 oz. cans of sauerkraut which I did not rinse or drain (I like mine tangy) and that was perfect for my crockpot. As for the person who gave this a bad rating because of Chinese New Year, last time I checked I lived in America and thus celebrated New Years the American way eating the dishes that I grew up on. So please don't give a recipe a negative review because it doesn't fit in with your customs, just don't make it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/12/2010
I followed the recipe and added half a bottle of beer as some others suggested. While the roast was indeed tender we found the overall taste to be bland. The cooking method seemed to drain the kielbasa of taste too and there was so much sauerkraut left over. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
This was excellent. I have been making pork and sauerkraut in one form or another for most of my life but this by far has been the best. It will definitely be made time and again. I used 3-27 oz. cans of sauerkraut which I did not rinse or drain (I like mine tangy) and that was perfect for my crockpot. As for the person who gave this a bad rating because of Chinese New Year, last time I checked I lived in America and thus celebrated New Years the American way eating the dishes that I grew up on. So please don't give a recipe a negative review because it doesn't fit in with your customs, just don't make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
Thank you, we really enjoyed this! It had a great, rich flavor. Did add 1/2 cup of beer, onions and some brown sugar to suit our tastes, but this will be a definite repeat recipe. Pork came out very tender and the kielbasa was the best. The flavor of the meat and sauerkraut all just goes together so well. FYI for others, I used Claussen jarred sauerkraut and didn't drain or rinse it. But, you may want to drain and rinse the kraut if you're not a real sauerkraut fan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2006
I made this recipe because I was dying for some pork sauerkraut and mashed potatoes like we always have on New Year...even though it's coming up and presumably I could just make it then. I used pork loin instead of roast because that's what we have at my house on New Year's and I got a decent deal at Sam's Club. I drained the Sauerkraut but didn't rinse (had to run to work!)and added half a bottle of beer and some brown sugar. I put it on high and the boyfriend got home 8 hours later it was burned on the sides - I will definitely put it on low next time. It was really good - the Kielbasa was a nice touch (I used turkey to cut down on the fat a tad)...and I ate it with apple sauce and mashed potatoes and just ate it all on the same fork. New time I would add the whole bottle of beer and maybe switch to corriander seeds (not sure about the thyme)...I defintely want to use the other half the package of pork loin and make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
What a coincidence...I made this last night!! I add chopped apples sliced onion and caraway seeds to the kraut and cook it all in a crock pot. I serve with garlic smashed potatoes green peas and fresh apple pie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2006
WOW! What a great way to prepare pork roast!! I think it was the best pork roast I've ever eate. My husband really loved it. Said it reminded him of the way his mother used to fix pork roast 50 some years ago. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2005
My family is Pennsylvania Dutch and pork and sauerkraut is always served on New Year's Day for good luck. This variation with the kielbasa was a tasty treat for us. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2006
This was awesome!! I only used 1/2 of the sauerkraut and added 1 cup of beef broth. This got rave reviews from all of my family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
In crock pot I layered 1 1lb bag saurkraut 1T caraway seeds 3.5 boneless pork roast 2 Granny Smiths cored and thickly sliced 1lb kielbasa cut into 2-3" pieces put along each side of pork roast 1 bag saurkraut 1T caraway seeds. Put it on low and let it go for 6 hours. Simple! Delish! Mashed potatoes and black eyed peas = Happy and Healthy New Year America! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2006
I love this! I cook it in the oven instead sometimes and it still is very good. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/12/2010
I followed the recipe and added half a bottle of beer as some others suggested. While the roast was indeed tender we found the overall taste to be bland. The cooking method seemed to drain the kielbasa of taste too and there was so much sauerkraut left over. Read More
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