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Crock Pot Ring Bologna with Sauerkraut
This recipe comes from my childhood, where ring bologna was king and on the menu often. Sauerkraut was on the menu along with ring bologna at least once a week. Aggie never made ring bologna in a crock-pot the way I prefer to do. In fact, I don’t think she even owned one but I prefer to make ring bologna in the crock-pot verses boiling it in water, the way Aggie did. Another plus, by making ring bologna in a crock-pot, you can add the sauerkraut also, making less dishes to wash later. Crock Pot Ring Bologna with Sauerkraut will become a favorite of your family too.
Cabbage Means Sauerkraut
Every fall, when cabbage was in abundance, my dad would clean the huge crocks we kept in the basement and that would signal “sauerkraut making time” was about to begin. Making sauerkraut is really very easy…cabbage, salt, and a crock is all that is needed. In this post, not only will you find a recipe for “crock-pot ring bologna with sauerkraut” you’ll also find a recipe on “how to make sauerkraut!” Let the sour begin.
Here in Wisconsin, there is a Farmer’s Market located in Black Creek called: Wagner’s Market. Wagner’s Market is known for their “kraut” cabbage, which is grown specifically to make sauerkraut. People come from miles around to purchase Wagner’s kraut cabbage. Wagner’s Market is a 20+ year landmark in Black Creek, WI. Serving the area for years. Many customers come from out of the state to purchase vegetables and kraut cabbage grown on the Wagner family farm. The family farm has been producing kraut cabbage since 1969!
Stop in for super sweet bi-color sweet corn, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, canning pickles, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, pumpkins, apples and much, much more. Wagner’s also sell their own sauerkraut and offer jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, candy, salsas, dressings, pickled food and snacks. To learn more go to:Wagner’s Farm Market
Bonus Recipe: Tips for Making Sauerkraut and How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut
6 Tips for Making Sauerkraut:
1. Sauerkraut is made entirely in a crock. You don’t need to go out and scrounge thrift stores and antique shops looking for those huge and very expensive stoneware crocks unless of course you want to.
2. “Crocks” can be any unchipped, enamel or large glass jars. Gallon-size, wide-mouth jars used for pickles work great. You can buy these jars at stores such as Costco or Sam’s Club. (We use large glass jars) (You’ll have to eat the pickles first though:)
3. Keep hands and any metal object out of the crock. Use wooden spoons/utensils, only, when making sauerkraut.
4. Use only the best and freshest cabbage possible. Young, fresh, tender cabbage should be used. This will yield the best sauerkraut.
5. Use good, quality water. Buy bottled or water in gallon size jugs.
6. Use pickling or kosher salt.
Uses for Sauerkraut:
Sauerkraut can be piled on everything…sandwiches, bratwurst, hot dogs or made in the crock pot with spare ribs or ring bologna. You’ll have no trouble finding uses for your homemade sauerkraut. Homemade sauerkraut makes for a great gift idea too.
- 2 large cans sauerkraut (Franks or Homemade)
- 2- 16 ounce ring bologna
- 1 tablespoon garlic seasoning blend
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 medium potatoes cubed
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 apple diced
Spoon sauerkraut into crock-pot.
Place ring bologna on top of sauerkraut.
Sprinkle top with garlic seasoning blend, brown sugar and vinegar.
Add any or all additional ingredients.
Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.