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Beer-Braised Beef Recipe

Beer-Braised Beef Recipe

“I modified the ingredients in this main dish to suit my family,” notes Geri Faustich of Appleton, Wisconsin. “It’s quick to put together in the morning, and at the end of the day, all we do is cook the noodles and eat!” TIP: “This recipe can be doubled or tripled, which I often do when we’re spending time at the cottage with two other families.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, discarding drippings. Sprinkle beef with pepper and salt. In the same skillet, brown beef in oil in batches; drain.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and bay leaf. In a small bowl, combine the beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Pour over beef mixture.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 5-1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 4. In a small bowl, combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve beef with noodles.
    Freeze option: After discarding bay leaf, freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve with noodles. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without noodles): 246 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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pastiepie User ID: 1062574 152854
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I cooked in the oven and made the gravy on the stove. Loved it :)"

stacienbob User ID: 3130162 131584
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"strong beer flavor, very tender meat, won't make it again"

damoida User ID: 5290211 57983
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"My Boyfriend LOVED this dish and he's picky. This one's a keeper."

stephaniebluth User ID: 5825747 79275
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"I used a wheat beer and it added a mellow flavor but could use more heat or spice for the next time"

logansmom8 User ID: 5347851 152846
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"It was not bad but the beer flavor was really strong. Not a flavorful as I had imagined"

palmki User ID: 5282673 66480
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This was wonderful. I used a light domestic beer. And I mixed the finished beef mixture with buttered noodles. I do recommend making this the day before it is served. The flavors are much better. I will make this again."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 151256
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"This was very good, but I thought the beer taste was overwhelming. Next time I will make it without the beer and substitute beef stock and a little red wine."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 207012
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"This was very good, but I thought the beer taste was overwhelming. Next time I will make it without the beef and substitute beef stock and a little red wine."

firethistle User ID: 3850833 79258
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"So good!"

firethistle User ID: 3850833 64247
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"My family loves this recipe and requests it over and over. I usually double the beef, but only use one can of beer. It's always yummy. I'm making it tonight and the smell is amazing drifting through the house!"

jporter10738 User ID: 2533873 62089
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"This wasn't bad. A little too much thyme flavor for my taste. Might leave that out and use more garlic next time, though I will make this again. I also intened to add more onions. Served it with mashed potaotes instead of noodles."

lilgrannymac User ID: 3243163 57982
Reviewed May. 12, 2009

"added some mushrooms and a can of mushroom soup and it was fantastic. will make again and again"

baker1576 User ID: 3684884 152844
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"Ended up with 2 1/2 lbs of meat so I needed double the beer etc. Didn't have any soy sauce so used double the worch. sauce. Not much taste until I added beef base granules to the gravy at the end. Overall very good, very easy, might try a dash of basalmic vinegar in it to kick up the flavor next time. baker 1576"

jaschadler User ID: 3923907 131583
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"anything in the Crock-Pot is a blessing"

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