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German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins

German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker with carrots, and onions. A delicious German meal with minimal hands-on preparation time.

Course: comfort food, Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: pork ribs with sauerkraut, slow cooker German meal
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 396 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 6 pounds pork country ribs cut into 5" pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil or other light colored oil
  • 1 large sweet onion rough chopped
  • 6 ounces baby Bella mushrooms halved or quartered
  • 4 large carrots peeled and cut into large chunks or batons
  • teaspoon coarse salt divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
  • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • teaspoon allspice
  • 1 jar (32-ounce) sauerkraut with caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds optional
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Brown the pork ribs in 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium/high on all sides. Once browned, transfer the ribs to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium and add the remaining oil.

  3. Stir the onions and carrots into the skillet along with the apple cider, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

  4. Brink the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the brown sugar, caraway, allspice, mushrooms, and sauerkraut to the skillet. Stir well. Bring the mixture to a low simmer.

  6. Carefully spoon the sauerkraut mixture over the pork ribs in the slow cooker.

  7. Cover the slow cooker and set the timer for 6 hours on low. or 4 hours on high.
  8. Remove the lid from the cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking for the sauce to thicken slightly.
  9. Remove the ingredients with a slotted spoon and pour over mashed potatoes or spaetzle to serve.
Recipe Notes

tools and equipment:

6-quart slow cooker, cutting board, chef's knife, large skillet, measuring cups, measuring spoons, vegetable peeler, slotted spoon

Nutrition Facts
German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 553mg24%
Potassium 828mg24%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 8145IU163%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.