I didn’t know that eating pork is a New Year’s Day tradition, but Jon insisted on it and made a surprisingly delicious Kielbasa dish. I like Kielbasa and sauerkraut, but I wouldn’t normally write home about it. This dish is an exception. It add beers and brown sugar, giving the dish a sweet and savory kick with eat bite. We aren’t normally crockpot cookers either, but we wanted low-key and easy on our annual day of napping in front of the fire. The extended cooking time produced melt in your mouth, tender Kielbasa bites. What a great complement to our lazy stay-in-pajamas-all-day holiday.
- 2 lbs. Kielbasa
- 1 32 oz. package sauerkraut
- 1 beer (we used Sam Adams Winter Ale)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. whole cumin seed
Cut Kielbasa into 3-inch pieces and line them on the bottom of the crockpot. Place sauerkraut on top. PLace sugar, beer, allspice, and cumin seed in a saucepan over medium heat and reduce until sugar was dissolved and it was slightly thickened. Pour over Kielbasa and sauerkraut. Turn crockpot on low and cook 6 hours.