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Country Pork 'n' Sauerkraut Recipe

Country Pork 'n' Sauerkraut Recipe

The "secret ingredient" in this recipe is the applesauce. When everything's cooked up, you wouldn't know it's in there...yet the taste's just a bit sweeter. My mother and grandmother once ran a beanery for a train crew. That inspired a lot of my cooking. In fact, I adapted this recipe from one of theirs. Luckily for me, my husband likes to eat what I fix as much as I like to cook it! He and I have three children, all now grown, and six grandchildren.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, undrained
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook ribs and onion in oil until ribs are browned and onion is tender. Remove from the heat. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over ribs.
  • 2. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until ribs are tender. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

8 ounce-weight: 477 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 5g fiber), 41g protein.

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Debbo1 User ID: 6270986 269746
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

"I've made pork and sauerkraut for years, different ways, but this recipe was far and away the best according to my husband also. The only thing I changed was instead of caraway seeds I used dill seeds because I googled what may be a good substitute. It was fantastic. I cooked mine in a crock pot for 7 hours on low and tasted it then adjusted the seasonings by adding more salt, garlic powder and pepper then cooked it an additional 30 minutes on low while I cooked half drained, canned green beans with bacon and onion flakes and cut up a home grown tomato. Delicious!!!"

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 263317
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2017

"disappointing. sauerkraut should not be sweet. will not make enough."

rolorocko25 User ID: 8103226 260621
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Great recipe! I used boneless country ribs instead of bone in. I also left out the caraway seeds as I am not a fan of them. I was worried it would be a little too sweet so I sprinkled everything with paprika before baking and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 219834
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Great recipe! I made it tonight and the family loved it. I doubled the recipe and used bagged/fresh sauerkraut, which I thoroughly rinsed and drained. pork was tender, juicy and flavorful. Will definitely be making this again!"

dfausnacht User ID: 1896828 10854
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"I make this with tenderloin and put everything in the crock pot after searing--really tasty!"

im2bisy User ID: 5611776 3963
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"Love it! Didn't have caraway seeds so I just made it without them and it was still great!"

lincolntoot User ID: 6320588 10556
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"This was excellent! For those who say to leave the applesauce out/too sweet - are they sure they are using unsweeted applesauce because I would not change a thing!"

nanajl User ID: 3677572 10157
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"It was great I love the applesauce in it! I love serving applesauce with pork."

pasfrk User ID: 759296 10151
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Was OK but the applesauce made it a bit sweet. It would be better without it"

Lynnette68 User ID: 3100774 10850
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"I use this one for our New Year's Day meal every year. It's always a hit!"

jeremiahleon User ID: 3237151 12678
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2008

"applesauce +brown sugar=overkill. This recipe is better without the applesauce"

MsMonty User ID: 1529043 200972
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2008

"This is a really good recipe but I wanted to cut the fat so I followed the recipe exactly except for using smoked lean pork chops."

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