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Potatoes, Smoked Pork, and Sauerkraut Recipe

German meal: Peameal Bacon with Sauerkraut (Kassler alternative)

Put potatoes, smoked pork, and sauerkraut together into a slow cooker, and what do you get?

A super easy, and super tasty dinner. That's what!

Although the photo above may not look that great (I keep planning on taking a new photo, but we keep eating the meal before I think of pulling out my camera!), it tastes so good. It's ultra easy to put together in the morning and have ready when you come home for supper. 

It's my recipe for 'false' Kassler which uses a smoked pork loin recipe (or peameal bacon recipe). It tastes so similar to Kasseler, you'll use it as an alternative inexpensive meal. My hubby says it even tastes better.

I love using my new Cuisinart Slow Cooker!    (I gave away my old one!)

Not only is it a slow cooker, but it's a Multicooker!

That means it can be used to quickly brown or sauté the meat  (up to 400 °F) before setting it to slow cook (at various temps) ...

and there's a 'steam' option as well!

With a 24-hour timer and an automatic Keep Warm feature, I LOVE this!

Potatoes, Smoked Pork, and Sauerkraut Recipe


  • 1½ lb peameal bacon roast or a smoked pork loin roast.
  • 4 potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold because they are firmer and don't fall apart as easily.
  • 28 oz can Sauerkraut, drained.
  • Liquid - 1 cup of either apple juice, orange juice, or water.


  • Put peameal bacon roast and sauerkraut in slow cooker (crock pot).
  • Add peeled potato quarters to the slow cooker, making sure the potatoes are pushed well to the bottom. Potatoes need to be in liquid to cook properly. Even though there is not enough liquid in the cooker to start, there will be once it cooks for a few hours.
  • Pour in about 1 cup of apple juice, orange juice, or water.
  • Cook, covered on low to medium, for about 6 hours. Check your slow cooker instructions for approx. times.
  • Remove potatoes, meat, and sauerkraut. Keep warm.
  • Put cooking liquid into saucepan, bring to boil, and thicken with 1 - 2 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in some cold water. Use as sauce for the meal.
  • Serves 4.

Perhaps you like Kasseler, but it's so difficult to find outside of Germany. Unless you're blessed with a German deli close by, you'll need to use an alternative. Above is my favorite one.

Slow cooker Sauerkraut and Peameal Bacon

The above recipe is so nice because it uses a slow cooker.

This is one of my most loved kitchen appliances. 

It makes for quick and easy preparation of absolutely delicious meals.

Here, the potatoes, peameal bacon roast and sauerkraut as simmering and will be enjoyed in a couple of hours!

What I find amazing is that this almost tastes like Kasseler.

That's why it's my "false Kasseler" dinner. Hubby finds it so delicious as well.

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