Here in Lancaster County, many people have roots in Pennsylvania Dutch traditions. It’s considered good luck to eat pork and sauerkraut as the first meal of the year on New Year’s Day.
And, honestly, with a side of mashed potatoes and applesauce, we don’t really care about the good luck. We just know that eating this will give us great pleasure, so that is good enough! Thank goodness pork and sauerkraut are standard restaurant fare the rest of the year, too.
Here is our slow cooker version of this time-honored tradition. Happy New Year!
Country-Style Ribs and Sauerkraut
Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook, page 128
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8-10 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 5-qt.
16-oz. bag sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 onion, diced
1 red-skinned apple, chopped
2-3 lbs. country-style pork ribs
1 cup beer
1. Combine sauerkraut, onion, and apple in slow cooker.
2. Layer ribs over sauerkraut mixture.
3. Pour beer over ribs just before turning on cooker.
4. Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours.