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German-Style Beef Roast Recipe

German-Style Beef Roast Recipe

“My grandmother used to make this, and I adapted it for my slow cooker.” You’ll love its convenience and great taste. —Lois Stanley, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • 1. Cut roast in half; sprinkle with pepper. Place onion and roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the beer, ketchup and brown sugar; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil.
  • 3. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 376 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.

Reviews for German-Style Beef Roast

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Lauraanddiva User ID: 6498235 237854
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Mr. Picky Pants gave this one a gold star!"

irishfancy User ID: 6137249 237512
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I haven't made this yet, but It's at the top of the list. One question when you say to cut the roast in half, do you mean vertically or horizontally? ,"

msdishtac User ID: 538263 130223
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I've been making this recipe for 2 years now. HUGE hit with my hubby, and even for my picky nieces and nephew! This time, I added a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and about a teaspoon of worcestershire just for a little more kick. YUM! Also, have done it with flavored beer (like, pumpkin spice, or octoberfest, or something), and it amps-up the flavor that much more.

We've omitted the flour gravy, because it was too heavy. Just blend the onions with some of the gravy in a magic bullet or food processor. It makes it quite thick enough.
Serve with garlic mashed potatoes the first night, then use rice the next night, so that all the broth is put to good use.

jaclyn1973 User ID: 5963336 188773
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I have not made this though i think I will try. Having lived in Germany I was surprised the recipe didnt call for any vinegar...But then I realized maybe it's just saurbraten and German Potatoe Salad that include the vinegar"

jaclyn1973 User ID: 5963336 179045
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I have not made this though i think I will try. Having lived in Germany I was surprised the recipe didnt call for any vinegar...But then I realized maybe it's just saurbraten and German Potatoe Salad that include the vinegar"

WhitneyR User ID: 5277252 188772
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"This is delish! I love the suggestion and recipes for using up the leftover meat. Two nights of dinners that come together quickly- I love it!"

jfmorrill User ID: 6262179 112303
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"We tried variations of it twice in the same weekend and loved it both times."

MichMajor User ID: 6203085 122524
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"If I made this again I'd cut the amount of beer in half, it was a little too over powering but the roast turned out nice and moist."

petrhino User ID: 5658620 110007
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"OMG-this was the best thing I have ever made in the crock pot. My whole family loved it, and even my 9 year old daughter asked for more. I told my husband, if I should ever be asked what I want for my last meal, this would be it. Made it with mashed potatoes and green beans. YUM!"

JuneRamsey User ID: 2635389 120489
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I just have a question: "Why does the roast have to be cut in half?""

karynp6 User ID: 867957 110005
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"I subbed ginger ale for the beer. Probably a little sweeter gravy that way but still very good."

Kichler073 User ID: 32326 174362
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010


3152004703 User ID: 4957120 192380
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This recipe was amazing!!!!! I was able to get three meals out of it and I'm feeding 6 people in my house. Everyone enjoyed it and wanted more!"

butler73 User ID: 5556008 106645
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Fabulous and simple!! I was amazed that it tasted great just following the recipe. Who knew so few ingredients would turn out a fantastic roast!!"

CanuckCook User ID: 1978289 110002
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Tender meat with an interestingly flavoured gravy. Reminded me of a gravy with red wine in it. Looking forward to making the accompanying recipe for the leftovers "Roast Beef with Chive Roasted Red Potatoes". A keeper."

jaclyn01 User ID: 4228054 130207
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"Great and loved the recipe that went along with the leftovers."

rotts4me User ID: 1988355 147564
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Fussy husband loved it!"

camaromama User ID: 1185403 174706
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Quick & easy. The whole family enjoyed it. started late, but cooked on High in 1/2 the time & still came out tender."

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 191888
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"I was wary when I first read what the ingredients were, but I tried it tonight and it went over very well with my husband and in-laws. Would make again!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.