Let’s have a lucky year! Start it out with this Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut, a traditional dish that brings luck and joy to the year ahead.
- 3 lb. pork loin
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder, divided
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 + 1/8 tsp. black pepper, divided
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 16 oz. sauerkraut, not drained or rinsed
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
- Sprinkled pork all over with 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic powder, the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork loin, fat side down. Cook until browned, 4-5 minutes. Flip over and brown other side for 4-5 minutes. Transfer pork to a slow cooker (cut it in half if it doesn’t fit).
- In a large bowl combine the sauerkraut, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, apples, onion, butter, brown sugar, and caraway seeds (if using). Spread around and over pork loin in the slow cooker.
- Cook on low until an instant read thermometer in the middle of the roast reaches 145°F, about 6 hours.
- Transfer the roast to a cutting board to rest.
- Set a strainer over a large bowl. Scoop the sauerkraut into the strainer and drain off excess liquid.
- Slice the pork and serve it with the sauerkraut.