Easy Pork and Sauerkraut

pork and sauerkraut simple

I grew up eating this dinner. Before work, my mom would put the ingredients in a crockpot and head off to work. When she got home, she would make a side dish (usually mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli or lemon rice) and dinner was served!

It's crazy how simple yet flavorful this dish is. You would think something that has only 3 ingredients (not including salt) would lack flavor, but lacking flavor is not an issue in this dish. I promise!

pork and sauerkraut dinner recipe

cooking & serving suggestions

I prefer to cook with pork loins or chops because they are less fatty. Shredding the meat is much easier because you don't have to fish through a lot of fat. The down side of using a loin? It's more expensive.

The upside of using a pork butt or pork shoulder? More fat. Seems hypocritical? It is. Kind of. More fat often means more flavor. So, if you don't mind shredding and going through the fat, I suggest saving the money and buying a pork shoulder or butt.

Additionally, this pork is excellent with applesauce. It's hard to describe, but the sour sauerkraut and salty/savory meat combined with sweet applesauce hits a lot of delicious tasty notes.

pork and easy sauerkraut dinner recipe

Easy Pork and Sauerkraut

Pork and Saurerkraut is a German dish that is truly addicting. The sour sauerkraut balances the rich, meaty pork and pairs perfectly with applesauce.

Course dinner
Keyword Pork, Sauerkraut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Servings 6


  • 1 (3 pound) pork tenderloin, pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) sauerkraut – not rinse or drained
  • 2 onions thickly sliced


  1. Place roast in crock pot. Put sauerkraut and sliced onions on roast. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat can be shredded with a fork. Taste for seasoning.
  2. This pork is excellent served with applesauce. It sounds weird but the sweet and salty combination is very tasty.

Recipe Notes

Tenderloins are more expensive but have less fat, making shredding easier. Pork shoulders and butts have more fat but are less expensive.

I serve this pork with roasted potatoes, rice or mashed potatoes.


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