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Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe

This simple and delicious Crock pot pork and sauerkraut recipe is easy to make and great for family dinners. It goes great with mashed potatoes and salads or you can eat it over noodles or all by itself!

My version of Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut is an award-winning recipe that our whole family loves. I say award-winning, because 15 years ago my mother, modified my mother-in-law’s original Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut recipe and entered it in a local newspaper recipe contest.

She won! Not only did she get the recipe printed in the paper, but she also got a $50 cash prize. It was a proud family moment for all of us!

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This award winning recipe is special to me because it is the perfect culinary combination of my mother and mother-in-law. Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut is one of those recipes you will want to make over and over.

What is easier than throwing the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and coming home to a delicious ready to serve dinner?

I normally whip up some mashed potatoes (instant is fine, too. No judging here.) or German Potato Dumplings, and dinner is served.  If you are lucky you will end up with leftovers.

Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut is one of those recipes that tastes just as good, if not better on the second day.

For a flavor switch be sure to try this Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe/

What do I need to make pork and sauerkraut in the slow cooker?

You will need some simple ingredients to make this recipe at home. Honestly, it’s super easy and you’ll be shocked that you never tried this great recipe before. Crock pot pork and sauerkraut is really great for dinners, we eat it on New Year’s Day each year as well…it’s a weird local tradition for good luck in the new year!

For my version, you’ll need a boneless pork loin, sauerkraut, apples or apple butter, brown sugar, some beer, and an onion. That’s it. Nothing else!

This truly is a really simple recipe. As I mentioned I usually serve with mashed potatoes but you can serve it as is, over noodles, with a salad, or whatever you like! If you don’t like to eat the sauerkraut you can let it give all that flavor to the meat and then use the pork for sandwiches too!

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How to make Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut:

You are going to love how simple it is to make this recipe. It’s truly magical when you realize that all you need to do is put in the meat, cover it with sauerkraut, pour in the beer, add in the sliced onion and apple on top of the sauerkraut, and shut the lid.

This recipe needs to cook for about 6 hours on high. Cooking times can vary depending on the slow cooker you are using so be sure to check the internal temperature of the pork before cooking and just adjust the time as needed to get it to a safe internal temperature of 145 F.

What kind of Crockpot is best for this recipe?

You may have noticed though that I am a huge fan of the Crockpot. I use mine (all six of them) on a regular basis.

I’ve picked up a few at yard sales or thrift stores, but this Crock Pot is one of my favorites. Everyone needs a crock pot with a lid that clamps on.

No one wants to clean up a crockpot full of food off of their floor mats. I am speaking from real life experience. Baked beans cannot be salvaged once the crockpot spills over on a sharp turn in the car ride!


You can also make a similar version of this recipe in the Instant Pot (Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe) so if you prefer to use the pressure cooker you can definitely do that!

Weight Watchers Pork and Sauerkraut:

Looking for the Weight Watchers info for this Crockpot pork and sauerkraut recipe?

Check it out below so you know exactly how to track your dinner! This tasty recipe makes 8 servings. You’ll need to cut your pork into servings and have about 3/4 cup of sauerkraut mixture per serving. The size and shape of the pork will differ with every loin so just cut it into 8 equal servings before you eat it and you’ll be safe in tracking correctly!

Courtesy WW Point Calculation

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Recipe is calculated using apples, and including the brown sugar. If you really need to make this one less points you could use light beer and cut out the sugar or use a brown sugar replacement.

I prefer the recipe this way because it tastes great! It’s only 4 points per serving so it’s not really worth potentially compromising the taste for me but if you prefer to try it, be sure and let us know how it goes!

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Printable Crock pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe:

Here’s a printable version of this super tasty Crockpot pork and sauerkraut recipe that the whole family will love. You can make this tasty version in the slow cooker without stressing about dry or overcooked pork. All the flavors come together beautifully!

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Crock Pot Pork and SauerKraut

Yield: 8 Servings

This simple and delicious Crockpot pork and sauerkraut recipe is easy to make and great for family dinners. It goes great with mashed potatoes and salads or you can eat it over noodles or all by itself!


  • 2 lb boneless pork loin
  • 2 16 oz bags refrigerated sauerkraut
  • 1 Can beer
  • ½ cup apple butter or 1 large apple sliced
  • ¼ brown sugar, eliminate if you don't like sweet sauerkraut
  • 1 large onion sliced


  1. Put meat in crock pot
  2. Cover with sauerkraut
  3. Put sliced onion and apple butter on top of kraut
  4. Pour beer over top of all.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes


WW points calculated with apple (not apple butter) and the brown sugar included.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 314Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 91mgSodium 924mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 5gSugar 12gProtein 32g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.


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  1. I made this recently and it was Delicious 😋

  2. This recipe is amazing. Easy and so delicious. My family loved it. Thanks

  3. Do you just sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the sauerkraut? You didn’t mention it in the instructions.

  4. The worst recipe we have ever tried!

  5. We too eat pork & sauerkraut for New Year’s Day! My husband is from western PA and it’s a tradition there – supposed to bring good luck for the year ahead. I too put a little brown sugar it in; sweetens the kraut just a little. I am going to try yours with the beer and apple butter; sounds delicious and a step up from my basic recipe (which was how my mother-in-law made it, and hers was always delicious) Will be a nice treat one of these cool evenings or on Sunday. Thanks for the recipe!. And YES to a crockpot with a locking lid, for anyone who doesn’t have one and transports food, get one. Speaking from a bad experience here LOL

    1. @AJ, Great to hear from you! I think we’ve probably all had that crockpot “experience” LOL I hope you like the recipe! Enjoy. Michele

  6. JIm Witte says:

    I make my version with some dill weed added, and equal parts raw shredded cabbage+sauerkraut. A bit stinky!

  7. Carol Pierpont says:

    Perfect flavor! No rinsing or draining of the jarred kraut. I did add two bay leaves cause I like that flavor. Thank you for this nice and easy recipe.

  8. Andi Cadalbert says:

    How much sugar do you use, 1/4 cup? Thanks, eager to try!!

  9. Marilyn Spiewak says:

    I have jared sourkraut,can i use that,also can i add two potatoes cut in pieces?

  10. Do you have to brown the meat first? I usually brown beef roasts before putting it in the crockpot and don’t know if it is necessary or not.

    1. I have never browned the pork first. I guess that would be a personal preference. If you do brown the meat you can probably decrease the cooking time by a few hours. Thanks!