Sauerkraut, Spare Ribs, and Kielbasa

Aug 8, 2021 | Food, Main Course

Happy Monday everyone!  We are on our second week of recipes and I’m so excited to share this Sauerkraut, Spare Ribs, and Kielbasa recipe with you.  It is super easy to make with very little prep time.  The sauerkraut is obviously sour so I always add a bit of brown sugar to the pan and season the ribs with pepper, garlic salt, and brown sugar.  I mixed in two bags of sauerkraut mixed with one pound of sliced kielbasa and layer one rack of spare ribs right on top into a 15” granite wear covered oval roaster and baked at 350 degrees for three hours for a moist, flavorful, dish!  A little bit sour, a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy all into one!  The brown sugar, garlic salt, and pepper rub can be spread on with your fingers or a spoon and is much easier if it is first mixed in a small bowl before rubbing onto the ribs.  This rub can also be used on pork chops as well.
 
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I think Maggie is a bit unsure of the ribs...

I don’t think she likes the strong smell of this dish. Or is it just a side eye?  Not sure but this dish can give off a different smell for our animals.  After three hours of cooking, your entire house can smell of spare ribs and sauerkraut!

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This recipe does take three hours to cook so plan ahead and put it in the oven at 9:00 am for a 12:00 pm lunch or allow enough preparation and cooking time for dinner.  I like to add the kielbasa not only for flavor but I like to make kielbasa and sauerkraut sandwiches on a large soft bun. We have a local Shop N Save that makes the best bread and buns ever!  This meal can feed a large family or dinner for two with leftovers.  The ribs can be pulled apart, wrapped in slices of bacon, and baked in the oven until crispy.  Add a layer of shredded extra sharp cheese and broil until cheese is crispy or to your liking (just another recipe idea 🙂 ). You can do bone in or bone out ribs.  Just ask your butcher!  If you don’t want spare ribs, add nice thick pork chops instead.  You can also choose bone in or bone out for those as well.
 
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I spy with my little eye something yummy

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This recipe can be adjusted to your liking.  I like to layer on the salt, pepper, and brown sugar and rub into the ribs to create a nice thick coating.  I cook the ribs with the lid on and then take the lid off the last five minutes to finish cooking so the ribs gets nice and crispy on top.  I normally make sure that the kielbasa sticks out of the sauerkraut so the edges can get a burnt crispy coating but this time I stuffed them inside the kraut. Mr. TAL said they were amazing and I can say this recipe is husband approved!  Another tip is to check the sauerkraut every so often to make sure it is not sticking to the pan and burning.  I did not drain my sauerkraut from the bags and added 1 cup of water to be safe of that.  The water also helps keep the meat from drying out.
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Sauerkraut, Spare Ribs, and Kielbasa

A little sweet, a little sour, and a little spicy!
2.34 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sauerkraut, kielbasa, spare ribs, brown sugar, garlic salt, pepper,
Author: Bobbi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound kielbasa cut into pieces at an angle
  • 2 bags sauerkraut do not drain
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 rack spare ribs

Instructions

  • Add sauerkraut and 1 cup water into pan
  • Mix in 1 tablespoon brown sugar into sauerkraut
  • Cut kielbasa into pieces and mix in with your sauerkraut
  • Coat each side of spare ribs with garlic salt, pepper, and brown sugar and lay on top of of kielbasa and sauerkraut
  • Cover and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours
  • Take out and uncover the last 5 to 10 minutes so the top of the ribs can get crispier

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4 Comments

  1. Sandy Benick

    Although I’m not a fan of sauerkraut, I think my dad would love this recipe! And I’m siding with Maggie, I hate the smell of sauerkraut in the house, so I may go over to my dad’s house and make it for him! Lol…

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    • Bobbi

      ha haa! We don’t like it either but I’m sure your dad will love it! Maggie and Jake were not fans of the smell but Mr. TAL loved it 🙂

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  2. Di Lemberger

    3 stars
    Not a fan. Competing meat flavors(just use 1 meat or the other?) No sugar with kielbasa. Family didn’t like it.

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    • Bobbi

      Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate you trying the recipe and commenting.

      Reply

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