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 German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut, I like to imagine myself already there.
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker is available near the end of this post.
The ingredient list;
- Pork Country Ribs
- Prepared Saurkraut
- Baby Bella Mushrooms
- Canola Oil
- Apple Cider
- Salt and Pepper
For this recipe of German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut, 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 than baby back ribs.
What I like about country ribs for the slow-cooker is that as the ribs cook, the fat slowly melts into all the other 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 bite of the sauerkraut cuts through the fatty pork, and along with the sweet from the apple cider, balances all the flavors nicely.
Is there a trick to getting the MOST flavor from this slow cooker meal?
- 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.
- Also take the time to cook down the onions, mushrooms, and cut carrots to intensify their flavor. Adding apple cider added to the pan will deglaze the pan and 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.
The easy Instructions;
- In a large skillet, brown the seasoned (salt and pepper) ribs on all sides in the oil over medium/high heat.
- Add the ribs to the slow cooker.
- In the same skillet, add the butter to the skillet and saute the mushrooms and onions, stirring occasionally, until the onions are limp and slightly golden (approximately 5 minutes).
- Season the mushrooms and onions lightly with salt and pepper. Stir.
- Add the sauteed mushrooms and onions to the slow cooker along with the browned ribs.
- Add the sliced carrots to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the apple cider, and the allspice to the skillet, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Carefully pour the contents of the skillet into the slow cooker.
- Add the prepared sauerkraut to the cooker and lightly stir to combine.
- Cover the cooker and set for 6 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.
- Spoon the German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut onto a plate or bowl, and enjoy!
Even though this German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut is a favorite for Oktoberfest, please don’t feel like you have to wait until the end of the year to enjoy this tasty meal.
This is also a terrific dish in the spring and summer as well. Especially when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven, but you’re still looking for some food comfort but without all the heat!
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German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker with carrots, and onions. A delicious German meal with minimal hands-on preparation time.
- 3 pounds pork country ribs cut into 5" pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 large sweet onion, sliced or rough chopped
- 6 ounces baby Bella mushrooms quartered
- 4 large carrots peeled and cut into large chunks or batons
- 1½ teaspoon coarse salt divided
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 jar (32 ounce) 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 spaetzle to serve.
tools and equipment:
6-quart slow cooker, cutting board, chef's knife, large skillet, measuring cups, measuring spoons, vegetable peeler, slotted spoon
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for German Pork Ribs for the Slow Cooker as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!
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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