German Style Roast Pork With Caramelized Sauerkraut

Helene Mulvihill


Something my mom made and I have been making for 25 years. It's my recipe now, with all of my tweaks. Yum!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Searing this pot roast locks in the juices and creates a good crust. When caramelizing the sauerkraut with onions, a little butter, olive oil, and brown sugar, the outcome is a buttery, sweet, and tangy mixture. Roasting the pot roast in the sauerkraut and onions turns it into a tender, buttery roast. Cut a slice, smother with the kraut, and sink your teeth into deliciousness. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 10 votes

15 Min
2 Hr 30 Min


  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 large
    onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 can(s)
    sauerkraut (14 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground thyme
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 lb
    pork roast (with or without bones)
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    all-purpose flour
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  • ·
  • ·
    ground thyme
  • ·
    garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/3 c
    chicken stock

How to Make German Style Roast Pork With Caramelized Sauerkraut


  1. In a saute pan, heat butter and olive oil until butter is melted.
  2. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, then sauerkraut. Lower temp to low simmer.
  4. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and brown sugar.
  5. Stir well then let it cook for about half hour to 40 minutes at a very low temp. Stir about every 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. At the very end of caramelizing the sauerkraut mixture, turn the heat up to medium and let this sit for a few minutes to brown.
  7. Scrape into a covered dish or Dutch oven.
  8. Next, rub the roast with salt, pepper, ground thyme and garlic powder.
  9. Dust with flour.
  10. Fry in remaining 3 Tbsp of olive oil on each side until browned.
  11. Put on top of kraut.
  12. Pour chicken stock into the pan to deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil.
  13. Pour over roast.
  14. Cover and set in a 325 degree oven for one hour.
  15. Remove lid then continue to bake until internal temp is over 170 degrees.
  16. Usually takes about 2 hours, but might be less or more depending on the size of roast and if you've got bones.

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About German Style Roast Pork With Caramelized Sauerkraut

Course/Dish: Pork Roasts
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: German
Hashtag: #roast

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