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Pressure Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast

by Kristen

About once a year, my Italian mother will step away from her fabulous risotto making and make a traditional Bavarian dish at my dad’s request.  I remember as a child that I would dread the night when she made pork chops and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is so something that I wasn’t used to eating.   But eventually, I started loving it. Sauerkraut, pork, and dumplings taste so good when it is cooked in brown sugar and apple juice.

Since it is almost October, and thus Octoberfest season, I decided it was about time to try to make this classic dish of my childhood in my pressure cooker, because why not?  I feel like my pressure cooker enhances the flavor of almost everything I have made in it.   One thing I love about my pressure cooker is that you get a meal that tastes like it has been cooking in a slow cooker all day.

My kids don’t always like eating new foods, but they all were good sports and ate their food, and even liked it!  My 4-year-old kept asking for more pork.  I think that was his favorite part, and it is true, the pork was super tender and flavorful.

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I used a Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Fresh Pork Tenderloin in this recipe.  I love how fast it takes for Smithfield marinated fresh pork to cook, no matter how to choose to cook it.

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This Pork dish was super flavorful, sweet, and the meat turned out perfectly tender.  Adding brown sugar to the sauerkraut and the apple juice to this dish truly made it a kid-friendly recipe. If you genuinely want this dish to be ” Bavarian,” the addition of the dumplings is a must.   The addition of the dumplings to this dish makes it an actual one-pot meal that can be prepared in less than thirty minutes or less.

Smithfield Pork is perfectly marinated, in a way so that you don’t need to add more spices.  It is such an excellent weeknight meal solution!

Bavarian Pork Roast with sauerkraut and dumplings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Fresh Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 15 ounce can sauerkraut
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large leek, chopped- only the white and light green part of the leek
  • apple, cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt


  1. Mix the ingredients together for the dumplings and set aside. 

  2. Set your pressure cooker to saute.  Add the butter, brown sugar and sauerkraut. Mix over heat.  

  3. Add Pork roast, leeks, apples and carrots. 

  4. Drop 1-2 inch dumplings into your pot.  You can use a spoon to drop them in.  

  5. Pour apple juice over everything

  6. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. 

  7. Let naturally release. 

  8. Arrange the food in a baking dish.  Or just serve right out of your Instant Pot pan! 

I am so excited about all of the comforting food of this fall season!  This Bavarian pork was yummy and the perfect thing to have for a meal in this cooler weather.  Don’t forget to vote for the best dinner time-saving tip or trick featuring Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and be entered in a drawing to win prepaid a gift card.  And remember to claim your offer from Ibotta! 


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