Choucroute Garnie

Serves 8 - 10

1 medium onion-sliced
5 slices bacon-diced
3 cloves garlic-sliced
1 lb kielbasa cut in 2" lengths
1 lb boneless pork ribs cut in 2" cubes
1 lb sweet sausage - like country style - cut in 2" lengths
2-16 oz bags sauerkraut-rinsed and drained
2 cooking apples peeled-cored and cut in thick slices (I like Granny Smith for this)
2T brown sugar
6 whole cloves
6 juniper berries-or 1 shot of gin
1 bay leaf
1t freshly ground pepper
1c white wine
Hot cooked mashed potatoes for serving

Saute bacon and onion with garlic until onion is tender but not browned.
Add meats and saute until no longer pink.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer until meats are tender-about 45 min.
Remove bay leaf, cloves and juniper berries before serving over potatoes.

If using a slow cooker, layer sauerkraut, onion, garlic and apple in the bottom of the pot. Pour over wine and add cloves, juniper berries, bay leaf and brown sugar. Grind pepper over all and add meats to the top. Lid securely and cook on high for 3 hours. Stir once to combine ingredients and cook until meats are completely done, about 1/2 an hour longer. Remove bay leaf, juniper berries and cloves before serving over potatoes.