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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, Apples, and Potatoes

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This is David’s spin on a traditional Amish New Year’s meal. Find this and more comfort food recipes in his book: Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie

  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x





  1. Put the potatoes and apple juice in the slow cooker. Mix together the sauerkraut, brown sugar, mustard, and apples in a large bowl, and toss well. Place half of this mixture on top of the potatoes and apple juice.
  2. To prevent the edges of the pork chops from curling, cut two 1-inch slits at each end. Season the chops with 2 tsp. of the salt and 1 tsp. of the pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Once the oil is smoking, sear the chops, 30 to 40 seconds on each side. Put the chops on top of the apple-sauerkraut mixture in the slow cooker. Tuck the bay leaves around the chops.
  3. Add the onions to the skillet. Season with remaining 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Saute the onions until they start to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Put the onions on top fo the pork chops. Top with the remaining apple-sauerkraut mixture.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaves before serving.



You can skip the skillet step and put the pork chops and onions directly into the crockpot uncooked if you are short on time. (That’s what I did.)

You can also cook this on low for 8-10 hours.


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 360
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Amish