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Roast Pork with Sauerkraut

Pork is still a great value, about $3 to $5 per pound., tastes great and is easy to make.  Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and your local grocery store all pork loins roasts year round.

Total time: about 3 hours

Cooks for about: 2.5 hours
Yield: 10 servings for a 5 lb roast

Easy to make!

IngredientsSauerkraut

  • 2 medium sweet onions, sliced (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices)
  • Salt (optional). There is plenty of the salt in the sauerkraut.  Unless you're working towards an early heart attack, there's no need to add more).
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (5-pound) boneless pork loin (Costco sells it like this)
  • 2 jars of German sauerkraut (Aldi sells
  • 3 sweet apples, like Gala or Ambrosia, Yellow Delicious, but really an apple will work)
  • 2 or 3 pounds small unpeeled potatoes (16 to 20 potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup apple cider, apple juice or water

Equipment

  • Dutch oven OR roasting pan with a lid OR roasting pan and large oven bag
  • Cutting board, knife

Directions

Step 1 - Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2 - Brown the porkBrowning the pork roast

Put 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large non-stick pot. Heat over medium-high heat, and before the oil starts to smoke or burn, add the pork loin. (Do not remove the string or netting that holds the loin together) .

Sear (brown) the pork on all sides (well you can't really do the ends).  This will take about 10 minutes. While it is browning, slice the onions and add them to the pot.

Step 3 - Get your roasting pan ready

By far the easiest way, and the least messy is to using an oven cooking bag. If you don't have a large cooking bag, use the largest roasting pan you have that has a tight fitting lid.  If you do not have this, you'll need to use the largest oven-safe vessel you've got and use aluminum foil as the lid.

The point is, you want to seal it up so it stays moist!

Step 4 - Add the sauerkraut,  apples, potatoes to the oven pan.

Peel and slice the apples and put them along with the 2 jars of sauerkraut (no need to drain them) and the small potatoes into the cooking bag in the roasting pan. 

Step 5 - Add the browned pork loin to the roasting pan/bag.

Put the seared pork roast on top of the sauerkraut, apples, etc in the roasting pan. If there are no free liquids in the bottom of the pan, add 1 cup of apple cider, apple juice or water.

If you have a lid, put it on.  If you are using an oven bag, loosely tied the end.  I leave about a 1/8 inch opening in the end where I tie it.  In other words, just don't completely seal it up. The excess pressure needs to be able to vent!

I put the meat thermometer right through the bag, on the top, and into the center (that gets the thickest part of the meat, while keeping the bag from leaking. I usually wait until the roast has been in the oven for about 90 minutes before putting the meat thermometer in.  That keeps the thermometer cleaner and thus easier to read, when it counts; near the end of the cooking time

Step 6 - Bake for about 2 hoursRoast pork in oven

Bake for about 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads between 145F-150F.

Check it every 30 minutes to be sure it is not drying out.  This is very unlikely using an oven bag, but with a Dutch oven or lose-fitting lid, you may need to add more apple juice, cider or water.

While it’s cooking check the pot to ensure that it’s not drying out. If needed, add more water. I have never had to but I always add at least a cup of liquid.

 

 

Step 7 - Cool slightly and rest

Remove from the oven once the thermometer reads 145F-150F.  Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.