SLOW COOKER PORK ROAST AND SAUERKRAUT

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Slow cooker pork roast and sauerkraut is so easy to just throw in the ingredients and you have a meal.

We love this recipe but it is not your typical pork roast and sauerkraut.  It has a sweet and sour taste and is wonderful served with mashed potatoes and cornbread.  I use a 3 quart slow cooker with this recipe.  If you are making for a crowd you could use a 5 quart and double the ingredients.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Sauerkraut

2 – 3 lb. pork roast

2 lb. bag of sauerkraut, undrained (I use the kind that is usually found in the meat department and not in cans, but you can use the cans)

1 cup apple juice

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup water

1 pkg. dry onion soup mix

1/3 cup brown sugar

Salt and Pepper

Sprinkle pork roast with salt and pepper and place in crockpot. (Cut to fit pot if roast is too big)  In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together with a spoon. Pour the mixture over the roast.   Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours until meat is cooked and tender.  Remove roast and pull apart.  Remove kraut with a slotted spoon.

My picture does not do this dish justice.  Everyone I have ever served this loved it.  The recipe could be halved and you could make this with pork chops or ribs.

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5 from 11 votes

Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Sauerkraut

Pork and sauerkraut just go together and this easy slow cooker recipe is always a hit.
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork and Sauerkraut, Slow Cooker Recipe
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb. pork roast
  • 2 lb. bag of sauerkraut undrained (I use the kind that is usually found in the meat department and not in cans, but you can use the cans)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Sprinkle pork roast with salt and pepper and place in crock pot. (Cut to fit pot if roast is too big) In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together with a spoon.
  • Pour the mixture over the roast. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours until meat is cooked and tender. Remove roast and pull apart. Remove kraut with a slotted spoon.

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28 Comments

  1. It is in the crockpot now. A little different from how I usually make it but wanted a little change. I will however add red potatoes for the last couple of hours. We have never tried mashed potatoes with it.5 stars

  2. I had a total brain fart this morning on how to prepare the German pork and kraut for New Years. Did a quick Google search of Pork and Kraut in the Crock and landed on your recipe. So glad I did because there are a few elements I have never tried before. The combination of all your ingredients sound simply delightful. Have it in the crock right now. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  3. Esther Zorzi says:

    Thank you for sharing. This makes me remember how my mom and grandma use to make pork and sauerkraut every year.
    I have this in my crockpot now and so happy I found your recipe. Thank you again for sharing.
    Esther5 stars

  4. Kathryn Wise says:

    I would love to try this with cabbage and a 6lb boston butt instead of saurkraut. What do you think? Would you change any ingredients? Thanks! Love your recipes and use them all the time – especially the cornbread dressing. I cook very very similar to the way you do so your recipes are perfect!
    Kathy

  5. Edith Cataldo says:

    Great recipes

  6. Had this tonight! Very good recipe. Easy to make. I seared the pork roast before placing it in the slow cooker. I’ll definitely make this again in the near future. Thank you.5 stars

  7. Hi! Does the brown sugar give it a sweetness?

  8. Love it. My Mom makes sauerkraut all the time when I was younger. Love her German recipes. I never did put apple juice or onion mix in my sauerkraut just a little flour and water to thick it up a little and would put place it with a pile of mash potatoes centered in the plate with the meat and Sauerkraut mixed right on top. It is the bomb. I am going to try this especially in the slow cooker where the flavors really infuse within themselves. Thank you.5 stars

  9. sauerkraut is the most delicious thing 🙂 we make sauerkraut soup or fried sauerkraut as side dish but the best one is “fresh” from the jar.
    Is also nice to read that so far from UK/Poland people enjoy sauerkraut.

  10. I make Sauerkraut and pork chops all the time. I make my own sauerkraut though because once my mother-in-law taught me to make sauerkraut, my family will not touch the store bought stuff…I add potatoes, onions, garlic and bratwurst to mine and serve with fresh purple hull peas or pinto beans, macaroni and tomatoes, cornbread and of course iced sweet tea!

  11. If I half this recipe, what do I do about the onion soup mix? Leave it out? Put it all in? Have you ever tried to split a package of onion soup mix in half? Lol

  12. Will a pork loin work for this or is pork shoulder/butt a better choice for the pork roast here?

  13. wHY DON”T YOU DRAIN THE KRAUT? WON”T IT MAKE IT TASTE BAD? WE LOVE KRAUT AND PORK ROAST, SO I MAY TRY THIS.

  14. What to do if no crockpot?

  15. Amy F. Williamson says:

    I make something very similar. Only I add fried ham and bacon and smoked sausage. Chopped apple goes in instead of apple cider. In place of the cider/liquid I use a can of beer. It’s great for potlucks!

    In a pinch, it will be nice to just add the pork roast. BTW, this works with pork chops and/or pork ribs!

  16. Wow! Does this look goooooood! Makes my 3rd generation German appetite sit up and take notice. I love your southern cornbread, but I’d make it seeded rye bread with unsalted butter. My mother used to cook the ribs and sauerkraut together until done, then put it in n 9 x 14 pan, pop it in the oven until the top got just a little bit crunchy. She used to race me for the sauerkraut I was sneaking out of the bag and munching. I still like it cold for a snack. I’m looking for a recipe for sauerkraut salad. Had one but lost it.

  17. Hi Southern Lady. I was looking up recipes for slow cooked pork and turnip greens, which lead me to this recipe. It sounds so yummy, I love pork and sauer kraut together! I only have greens in my fridge so, i will add a little more apple cider vinegar to the recipe to hopefully give it the sauer feel 🙂 What do you think?

  18. margaret martin says:

    Been making this for years and people always love it..even the ones that swear they don’t like saurkraut. Must be the Kentuckian in me ’cause so many of your recipes and my standard meals. Not cooking as heavy lately since just the two of us and both could lose some weight (wink)!! Have a great day.5 stars

  19. I finally got to try this recipe. It was perfect! We all loved the flavors. It was also perfectly accompanied by mashed potatoes and pickled beets 😉 Way to go!!!5 stars

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