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Kassler Rippchen
mit Sauerkraut
Smoked Pork Chops with Sauerkraut

Kassler is a process of smoking and brining pork. Rippchen refers to a the chop. This dish is braised in a crock pot but you can use a Dutch oven as well.

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Serves 4
4 Kassler Rippchen or Smoked Pork Chops
4 cups sauerkraut ( give or take)
1 quart beef stock

Maker your own Kassler Rippchen or smoked pork chops

1 large onion
2 apples
1 tablespoon Caraway seeds ( optional)
1 tablespoon crushed juniper berries (optional)

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Chop the onions and apples into small chunks

Rinse the Kraut in a strainer and place in the crockpot or Dutch oven. Add the caraway seeds and crushed juiniper seeds if you want.

Add the beef stock, apples and onions.

Add the Rippchen and simmer for about 4 -6 hours until the chops register about 200 degrees or are fork tender. Don't over cook or they will separate from the bone.


I serve this with a dish called Himmel and Erde , it is basically potatoes cooked with apples and mashed and topped with grilled onions.


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