Manderley Cottage Kitchen’s German Pork Barbecue

DSC03853 Guess what time of year it is? Oktoberfest! Officially, Oktoberfest takes place at the end of September, but last year when I was in Berlin, it lasted all through October. Other cities are catching on that it is a very good money maker. I love German food, in all its underrated glory, I love German food. Pork is a big deal in Germany- it’s salami’d, pounded, fried, roasted, meatballed, aspic’d, eaten raw, sautéed, and cured. It is also a favorite curse word, “pig” that is. Want to insult someone? Pig in German is usually the prefix to a good, down and dirty insult.


Last Friday I wanted something easy to fix while at Manderley. The easiest was to do a pork roast in the crockpot here at BRK, pack it up, and take along with us to reheat the next day for lunch.

First off, I took a 2 pound pork loin and rubbed it with Penzey’s Season Salt and Pepper, then seared it off in a very hot iron skillet.

Once it was seared on all sides, I dropped it down into my crockpot with two bottles of Bard’s Gluten-free beer (you can use any nice tasting beer), two thick slices of bacon, and one sliced red onion. I let it go on HIGH for 6 hours, then packed it away for travel once it was all done.


For lunch the next day, I reheated the roast and all that brothy goodness in a pot with lid, bringing it to a simmer until it was warmed through.  Using tongs I removed the roast and sliced and chopped it into bite-sized pieces, returning it to the pot to serve.  The kids enjoyed their pork on fresh buns with BBQ sauce, I think one went without the BBQ sauce and dipped his into the broth as in French Dip Deutsche Dip.  Himself and I ate ours over a nice tangy serving of German Red Cabbage with a good schmear of BBQ sauce and a tossed green salad on the side.
Lecker, Lecker!  

Grab a beer and sing…

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit
Eins, zweidrei, g’suffa!
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi 
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi 

Happy Oktoberfest, what’s in your pot and stein?


  1. Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    Nice photos, great food and the singing….I think I heard the signing from your home right now. Danke schoen!!

  2. Posted October 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    Pinned this – I think maybe I’ll even add sauerkraut to the crock pot for German “coleslaw.” Yum!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

      I love sauerkraut! That wold be great in there, but my kids would die- I have to keep it separate:(

  3. Posted October 16, 2013 at 1:37 AM | Permalink

    mmm, that looks great! thanks for the idea for lunches next week! pork tenderloin can’t go wrong!

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