Slow Cooker Sauerbraten Recipe
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Slow Cooker Sauerbraten Recipe

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My family is of German Lutheran descent, and although we enjoy this traditional beef roast, I never liked the amount of time and fuss it takes to make it. This recipe is so good and oh-so-easy. It's great served with dumplings, spaetzle, veggies or a salad.—Norma English, Baden, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast or rump roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 30 cookies)
  • GRAVY:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 381 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add water. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, onion, brown sugar and vinegar; pour over roast.
  2. Place pickling spices and bay leaves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add spice bag and cookie crumbs to slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  4. Remove roast and keep warm. Discard spice bag. Strain cooking juices; transfer 4 cups to a large saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Sauerbraten in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p28

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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swinny User ID: 1858482 158429
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"It is delish!!!!"

buttermilk maid User ID: 2350303 107615
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Wow, sauerbraten, the easy way. So good and not the 2 day prep work. Made it just right."

newtastediva User ID: 6963253 94294
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Not what we were expecting. Maybe too much vinegar, just not sure. We won't make it again."

tayer User ID: 4671670 175416
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Nice variation on the original and pretty easy to put together. I think I used a bottom round roast - that's what was on sale - and it was fine."

Bloopie User ID: 4908638 175129
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Very good gravy favor with this recipe for a mock sauerbraten. Only thing is next time i would make half the sauce the recipe calls for. The roast was swimming in sauce and i had enough for another whole roast. Being of German background and making sauerbraten from scratch many times this is a easy substitution."

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