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Pork and sauerkraut in the instant pot for the new year

This New Year's pork & sauerkraut dish is an easy, traditional meal that you can make in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Best way to start your New Year!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, new year's day, pork & sauerkraut, tradtional meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 584 kcal
Author Denise Wright (MyLifeCookbook.com)


  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb country pork ribs
  • 14 oz kielbasa sliced
  • 4 cups sauerkraut (or 24oz jar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Push the saute button on your Instant pot and let heat up.
  2. Add the oil and then place all the ribs in to brown. Sprinkle salt and pepper and brown on both sides.
  3. Then add the sauerkraut and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
  4. Put the kielbasa slices on top and pour in the water.
  5. Close and lock the lid and switch the vent to the sealing position.

  6. Push the manual button for 15 minutes.
  7. When timer is done, either let vent naturally or turn vent with a quick release.

  8. Open the lid and mix the kraut around a bit.
  9. Serve as is or with mashed potatoes.
  10. If using a slow cooker, you can add everything into the crock and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.