I had never heard of pork and kraut until I moved to Easton, Pennsylvania and my roommate’s mother prepared it for us New Year’s Day. She said it was a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that if you ate pork and kraut on the first day of the new year, it would bring you good luck, healthy and prosperity. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but figured it certainly could not hurt to eat it. It was the first time I ever had the two together and I really enjoyed it. I liked the mild flavor of the pork with the tang of the sauerkraut. Yum.
Pork is actually not as bad for you as you might think. According to the Hormel package, 4 oz of pork is only 140 calories. And, according to Dr. Oz, sauerkraut is very good for you because it is basically pickled cabbage and supposedly can help speed up your metabolism. That makes me like pork and kraut even more!
The other day, I had a craving for pork and kraut. I had bought a flavored pork tenderloin earlier in the week and decided to try them together. What a match!! Hormel makes pork tenderloins in all different flavors. I usually only buy the original without any flavorings to make my pulled pork sandwiches. However, something possessed me to buy the apple-bourbon flavored one and it turned out to be a great idea! Here’s how you make it:
1 27 oz can of sauerkraut
1 18 0z apple bourbon pork tenderloin
That’s all you need!!
1. Put the pork tenderloin in the crock pot.
2. Open the sauerkraut and pour it over the pork.
3. Put the lid on and let it cook on low for 5 hours.
4. Pull the pork apart and eat!
TIP #1 – I served it with baked beans on the side.
TIP #2 – Let it sit a day and serve it the next night. The flavors will have marinated more and it tastes even better!