Tender Bavarian Pot Roast Recipe
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Tender Bavarian Pot Roast Recipe

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"I grew up eating pot roast but disliked it until I go this recipe at a church social and changed a few ingredients," shares Patricia Gasmund of Rockford, Illinois. "My 7-year-old especially enjoys the seasoned 'apple gravy'."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 beef top round roast (4 pounds) , halved
  • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 230 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, brown roast on all sides over medium-high heat. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a bowl, combine the juice, tomato sauce, onion, vinegar, salt, cinnamon and ginger; pour over roast. Cover and cook on high for 5-7 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices until well combined. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until the meat is tender and gravy begins to thicken. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bavarian Pot Roast in Light & Tasty August/September 2002, p19

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Floridaysgirl User ID: 4727180 103064
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"I made this in the Crock Pot on Sunday and the house smelled delicious! I thought that the flavor was just OK. It smelled better than it tasted. It was overall too sweet. If I do it again, I will cut down on the juice and add some diced tomatoes or some other veggie to the pot."

dverzic User ID: 762717 43356
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Very easy, and since i used a crock pot liner it was easy to clean up after. As for the taste, i thought it was just ok, but my husband said it was really, really, really good!"

SandyJ932 User ID: 2473778 80122
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"My sisiter's birthday dinner- Yummo!"

SandyJ932 User ID: 2473778 43211
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"luv this delicious dinner,"

jtate76 User ID: 3367119 85799
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"Very different taste than what we're used to; my husband and I loved it!"

luckyhill User ID: 4698540 113024
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"This is by far the best roast I have ever made. It disappeared quick. It was moist and melted in your mouth. And the sauce had a really great flavor. We even used the sauce on the potatoes and veggies that I roasted!"

mattshetler User ID: 4522738 63490
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"This is an incredibly moist roast with a rich savory gravy. It is incredibly easy to make but is packed with a depth of flavor. I would recommend this to anyone!"

Sailinglady16 User ID: 4510318 43210
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Very dry meat--Tast is so so."

kitzer User ID: 4188178 87100
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"Re: Bavarian Pot Roast


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