Ribs & Sauerkraut is a good down-home meal that some claim brings prosperity in the new year. Do you eat Ribs & Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day to bring good luck? We do!
What’s your good luck meal? Some people eat Ribs & Sauerkraut. Others like Black Eyed Peas. We don’t take any chances. We eat black eyed peas for New Year’s Eve and Ribs & Sauerkraut on the first of the year. Both are slow cooker recipes, which fits our lazy style. We add a few small potatoes and a couple of carrots to the sauerkraut pot and it’s a meal-in-one.
Eating this hearty meal is a winter tradition in the U.S. Midwest, where there are many people of Polish and German descent. Some would use kielbasa or other sausages instead of pork ribs, but either way, it’s super good.
What You Need
For this recipe, you need a slow cooker, a vegetable peeler (if you are like me and don’t like the peels of the carrot), knife, cutting board, teaspoon and slotted spoon. The only trick is to pick out the bones when you are ready to eat.
Ribs & Sauerkraut Recipe
Ribs & Sauerkraut Slow Cooker Recipe
Ribs & Sauerkraut is down-home goodness that sticks to your ribs. Great comfort food.
- 3-4 pounds pork ribs (with bones)
- 1 32-ounce jar prepared sauerkraut
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 10-12 small red potatoes
- 6 carrots (peeled, and ends cut off)
Peel the membrane from the ribs, removing it.
Slice between each rib to separate each one.
Place the ribs in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon whole caraway seeds over the top of the sauerkraut.
Dump the sauerkraut (including juice) over the ribs and spread it over top evenly.
Add the cleaned carrots to the top of the sauerkraut.
Toss the potatoes into the pot.
Cover the pot and cook on high about 2 hours, and then reduce the heat to low, cooking for another two hours until the meat is falling off the bones and the flavors are well melded.
To serve, pick the bones from the pot, saving the meat to a serving bowl or place it in the middle of a serving platter.
Drain most of the juice from the pot and place the sauerkraut, potatoes and carrots on the serving platter, arranged attractively around the meat.
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