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Dutch Oven Bavarian Pot Roast

I've lived on a farm all my life, and this is one of our favorite meals. My family and the rural community in which we live have a strong German background. This Bavarian roast is a special treat and makes the best gravy!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 beef chuck pot roast (about 5 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 to 12 ounces fresh whole mushrooms


  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over high and brown meat on all sides. Combine all remaining ingredients except mushrooms; pour over meat. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Transfer met to platter; keep warm. Add mushrooms to cooking juices; simmer 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms and spoon over roast.
  • Meanwhile, reduce cooking juices to desired thickness by cooking over high heat. Spoon a portion of the gravy over roast and pass the rest.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 297 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • martajvond
    Feb 7, 2014

    I am German and have a large German family, but this tastes nothing like I remember. It was OK, but I won't be making it again.

  • RaOwBe
    Oct 23, 2013

    This goes great with some Oktoberfest!

  • SandyJ932
    Oct 13, 2013

    I make this pot roast with shredded beet salad and potato pancakes for my sister's birthday dinner. We love the favors of the tender meat.

  • mendezbb
    Apr 19, 2013

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  • lovetocook171488
    Mar 17, 2013

    !I give that a (-)5 Stars has not flavor, all you taste is cinnamon,cinnamon and meat not a good ,we did not like it at all.Madabout how much money I spend for the meat.What a waste!

  • patrick94
    Jan 18, 2013

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  • thedabera
    Dec 20, 2012

    I use beer instead of apple juice, about a cup. And no mushrooms. This is one delicious pot roast.

  • Stelterat
    Nov 2, 2012

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  • Cowgrl0025
    Jan 22, 2012

    Very good flavor! Will make again

  • wwicks
    Nov 12, 2011

    The only change I made was to rub the beef with salt and pepper before browning. This was a hit - served with mashed potatoes.