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Oktoberfest Pork Roast

This recipe was adapted from one my mom used to make when I was growing up. It has all of our favorite "fall" flavors, such as apples, pork roast, sauerkraut and potatoes. I often coat the slow cooker insert with cooking spray to prevent the potatoes and meat from sticking.—Tonya Swain, Seville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 16 small red potatoes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 16 slices
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil


  • Place potatoes in a greased 6-qt. slow cooker. Top with sauerkraut, apples and kielbasa. Sprinkle with brown sugar, caraway seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • Cut roast in half; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low until meat and vegetables are tender, 8-10 hours. Skim fat and thicken cooking liquid if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 562 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 1290mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 43g protein.

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  • Nicole M
    Oct 31, 2020

    This was so good. I made it to keep off my Oktoberfest-themed menu this year and it was amazing!!

  • Sandra
    Sep 23, 2019

    This is a wonderful recipe. I will make this over again. Everyone loves this.

  • shawnba
    Jan 7, 2016

    I made this for our New Years dinner, it was so good. I did use a pork shoulder instead of a loin roast, we just like it better. This is a keeper!!

  • BinnyBear
    Oct 10, 2015

    After cooking for 3 hrs. I found the Pork and potato, kraut, apple, mix seemed so dry that I used my old faithful chicken broth 1/2 can it seemed to make the difference. I would add it at the beginning next time. Flavor was very good just dry.

  • best of home cooks
    Oct 1, 2015

    Was so easy and yummy. Made mine in a pressure cooker do 30 min. Was wonderful and tender. I didn't have the apple, will try it next time. I used just half a tap of caraway seeds. Turned out perfect.

  • danielleylee
    Apr 14, 2015

    My husband loved this recipe! He said it is the best pork and sauerkraut yet. It is very similar to his mothers recipe, but she only uses pork, brown sugar, & sauerkraut. After reading this recipe, I knew he would love it based on what he grow up with. I also doubled the sauerkraut and covered the meat like other reviewers suggested for moisture and it worked the meat was very moist.

  • HannahBeaver
    Oct 6, 2014

    Loved it! To a single recipe I added double the kraut and I'm glad I did, otherwise it would've been too dry. I think next time I will put the pork tenderloin in the middle so it soaks up more juice.

  • emvm
    Oct 6, 2014

    Followed recipe and had high hopes based on reviews but very disappointed. Pork was tender but tasteless. Won't make this again

  • kmarqui
    Oct 4, 2014

    Wonderful flavors. Easy to prepare and great meal to use for a dinner with family.

  • lmmanda
    Oct 3, 2014

    Not sure what I did wrong. The apples disintegrated and the meat was dry. I followed the instructions to the letter.