Nothing speaks to the flavors of Oktoberfest more than pork and sauerkraut. This easy recipe for German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker brings the family to the autumn table with a minimum of effort.
As soon as the seasons change, my heart and taste buds travel to the flavors of Germany. Although I’ve never been there, it’s on my bucket list of places I dream of going. However, with recipes like this, I like to imagine myself already there. German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker.
For this recipe of German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker, I used pork country ribs because they were on special at my grocery store. If you’re familiar with country ribs, then you know that they tend to have a bit more fat on them than baby back ribs.
What I like about country ribs for the slow-cooker is that the fat slowly melts into all the ingredients in the cooker, imparting everything with that great pork flavor. If you’re worried about this dish being greasy or fatty tasting, no worries. The acidic flavor of the sauerkraut cuts through the fatty pork and balances all the flavors nicely.
To give this German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker the most flavor possible, I encourage you to spend the time in preparation to brown the country ribs on all sides before adding them to the cooker.
I also took the time to cook down the onions, mushrooms, and cut carrots to intensify their flavor. Adding apple cider added to the pan to deglaze will get up all the stuck on brown bits (fond) from the bottom of the pan imparting even more flavor to the sauce before adding it to the cooker.
This recipe for German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker has become one of the most popular recipes on my blog. It’s comforting, easy, and completely delicious if you’re a fan of German flavors. I do hope you’ll try it and then come back and let me know what you think.
- 3 pounds of pork country ribs cut into 5" pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 large sweet onions sliced or rough chopped
- 6 ounces baby Bella mushrooms quartered
- 4 large carrots peeled and cut into large chunks or batons
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 jar 32 ounces sauerkraut with caraway seeds
Brown the pork ribs in canola oil in a large skillet over medium/high on all sides. Once browned, transfer the ribs to a 6-quart slow cooker.
Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium and add the butter.
Stir the onions and mushrooms into the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally for approximately 3-4 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Transfer the onions and mushrooms to the slow cooker, over the pork ribs.
Add the carrots to the skillet and season with the remaining salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally for approximately 5 minutes.
Add the apple cider and allspice to the pan, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Carefully pour the carrots and apple cider mixture into the slow cooker.
Add the sauerkraut to the cooker, along with the liquid.
Cover the slow cooker and set the timer for 6 hours on low. or 4 hours on high.
Remove the lid from the cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking for the sauce to thicken slightly.
Remove the ingredients with a slotted spoon and pour over mashed potatoes or spatezle to serve.
tools and equipment:
6 quart slow cooker
Looking for more yummy Oktoberfest recipes? I just so happen to have several. Check out the ones below by clicking on the recipe title:
The wine glass I’ve chosen to coordinate with the above Oktoberfest recipes is one that was a special custom order from an x-ray technician. The quote on the base of the glass is from Anna Bertha Roentgen, who was married to Wilhelm Roentgen (a physicist), from Germany. Wow, that’s a long way for me to reach just to coordinate a wine glass to a recipe post. But in all actuality, the glass reminds me a little of Halloween, and since its October…all’s fair, right? HeHe!
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