Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Sauerkraut

Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Sauerkraut (Serves 8-10)

Sauerkraut promotes healthy gut flora, but that’s just a bonus. I eat sauerkraut because it tastes good. I like all sauerkraut, whether it’s the cheap stuff in a can from Wal-Mart or the bagged, organic stuff sold in the meat department at Whole Foods. My favorite, however, is Bubbies Traditional Sauerkraut in a bottle. Now that I’ve found Bubbies, I eat sauerkraut at least once per week. This past week, I paired it with a slow cooker pork roast.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours

Ingredient list:

1 Boston Butt pork roast (mine was 5 pounds)
Sauerkraut (mine was a bottle of Bubbies)
Ground cumin
Ground coriander
Chili powder
Garlic powder

Directions: Prepare a spice rub with cumin, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Season roast generously on all sides and lay in the slow cooker. Pour in one cup of water. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 9 hours. That’s it! The house smells great after a few hours and continues to smell great until after you pack the leftovers away in the refrigerator. When it’s time to eat, open a bottle of Bubbies and transfer as much sauerkraut as you want to a plate. Heat it in a microwave for 1-2 minutes. Pull a serving of pork from the slow cooker and add it to the plate. Enjoy!

Notes: Confession – I don’t always prepare a spice rub. Sometimes I just dust the top and the bottom of the meat with spices and let it go.

My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon sells the Cuisinart, but seems to be out of stock frequently. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.

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