New Year’s FIRST MEAL – Pork & Sauerkraut

New Year’s FIRST MEAL – Pork & Sauerkraut

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
It is our very long-standing family tradition to have pork and sauerkraut as our family's first meal of the year, and every family member has their own way of doing it. All are wonderful, except the one year we could only find sauerkraut with seeds in a can- YUK!! In fact, if you don't make your own (see my recipe on this site) ONLY buy kraut in a glass jar (or plastic bag in a pinch), but NEVER get it in a can, it gives the kraut a metallic taste, and NEVER with seeds. Go with Bavarian style and you'll be happy. I make two variations of this meal, pork loin and kraut (pictured above), and this one, which even the non-kraut eaters enjoy.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Searing Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 8 people
Calories 215 kcal


  • 1 Pressure Cooker


  • 1.5 lbs Pork Short Ribs
  • 1 jar Sauerkraut make your own or get "Bavarian" style
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar more will make it sweet
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt large pinch
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • cup Chopped Onion optional, but preferred
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple peeled and diced
  • ½ bottle Guinness Draught


In pressure cooker –

  • Brown meat
  • Sprinkle brown sugar & salt
  • Layer kraut & apple (1/4 kraut -1/4 apple, 1/4 kraut- 1/4 apple, etc)
  • Add soy source on top of kraut/apple mixture
  • Add onion
  • Pour 1/2 bottle of Guinness, drink rest
  • High pressure for 20 minutes, natural release


  • Omit the pressure cooker and short ribs. Put all other ingredients in a 12" skillet and nestle in 1 or 2 uncooked pork loins. Cover and simmer for at least 2 hours – up to 6 hours. That's what is in the recipe picture above.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 876mgPotassium: 380mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Pork, Sauerkraut
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